163700_largerDeveloped by Nitrome and given significant love under the new Rovio Stars publishing program, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage [Free / Free] is likely going to be the next physics puzzler fighting for positioning in the iTunes top charts. The best way to see how the core mechanic of the game works is by trying the free 2009 Flash version of the game, which Nitrome seems to have heavily iterated on to produce A Viking Voyage.

In brief, the game revolves around you saving frozen viking trapped in ice. With a mixture of Slice It! [$0.99] Cut the Rope [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] you'll need to slice away parts of ice, and hopefully have them land in your viking ship where another viking will break the block if it's small enough. The iOS version is greatly enhanced over the original Flash concept, with many environmental obstacles that interact in a clever way.

As you can see in the above trailer, there's a ton of variety in the puzzles in thie game. We'll have a full review shortly, but in my 10 minutes of playing it my initial impressions couldn't be more positive. Definitely give this a look if you've ever remotely found yourself enjoying physics puzzlers.

Really the only bad thing I can even say about it is that the game isn't universal, but, eh, Rovio's way of doing things I guess.

  • Scorpion008

    First. The inapps don't get in the way at all as far as I know.

  • Ben Norvell

    I love the game and would recommend it to anyone, especially puzzle lovers.

  • captainChocolade

    The Flash version of 2009 was fun, back in the day.

  • garret44

    Been waiting 4 this

  • CevanB

    Yet another fantastic game by Nitrome. So glad to see they're making a splash into new waters with a mobile game! Hopefully this does well and we'll get Super Feed Me eventually too.

    • FaultLiner

      Maybe other new games would be better than continuing with SFM, but there's always the chance. :D

  • Corky McButterpants

    #INSTABUY

    • http://www.nitrome.com/ Nitrome

      Thanks for all the support guys! Were are blown away by how well it has gone down in the charts so far! Looking forward to the full review!

  • MonkeyChunks

    Excellent game. Fun puzzles and the means of achieving the suction are something I have not seen before in iOS games.
    But, there is a slight problem which I'd say is unfair.
    The iPad version is $2.99 while iPhone/pod version is $0.99.
    But if you look at their size, it the same size. So how is the iPad version really HD? I bought the HD version for iPad because I thought it would actually be "HD" as far as graphics, but what it is just size adjustment for iPad screen size.
    I checked and they are the same file size!

    So what does this mean? Have I been officially or somewhat ripped off by the his version? It is not big enough deal to ask for a refund or whatever, but at least it should have been visually better than iPhone version, don't you think?