163700_largerWe dig this one a lot. Icebreaker: Viking Voyage [$0.99 / $2.99] is a Cut The Rope-y style physics-based puzzle game that tasks you with slicing and dicing pieces of ice and rescuing the little bearded men trapped inside of them. It's not as dry as Cut The Rope, though -- developer Nitrome does a great job integrating physics-enabled objects and obstacles that interact with the ice in imaginative ways, forcing you to think around the objective.

You'll get a taste of what we mean if you check out our latest TA Plays. Puzzle Guru Eli Hodapp sat down with me this afternoon and helped me solve a couple of puzzles. We think this will give you a pretty good idea of how the game encourages players to solve stuff, as well as give you a heads up on how often Viking Voyage mixes things up:

If you like what you're seeing, you can grab this one on the App Store now.

  • wildperson

    Remember, this is a direct adaptation of an old-as-the-Internet flash game, so you can try it online before buying it.

    • detourne

      Thought this sounded familiar

    • FaultLiner

      Direct adaptation? Nope. It's a completely advanced sequel.

  • MonkeyChunks

    The phone version and iPad version are exactly same file size. I bought the HD version for my "new iPad" and even the text isn't HD. It just looks like zoomed in standard text.
    Would be nice if anyone from Nitrome or Rovio commented and explained why it is this way. Will there be an update to make HD version actually HD instead of HD for the sake of true full screen?

    Other than the above complaint the game is absolutely excellent and fun.
    Ice, water, snot, trolls, extra coin chests all add up to make this a real gem of a game.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Yeah, the no universal thing is kind of a drag. I just consider it a $4 game since it's good enough to have on both the iPhone and iPad. I just wish progress could sync between the two. *sigh*

      • Breinstein

        Yeah i am in the same boat . Universal would be nice but if there are separate version no problem. But no sync means I will not buy two versions. Especially if the " hd" version brings no extras , hd for just having it full screen on my iPad with no extra esthetics is a no go for me (with the omission of a sync option) and that's not me being cheap, I spend 15 euros or more each week on games so it's not that I am to cheap to spend some money

      • NickyNichols

        If you are jail broken you can use a tandem of FullForce and RetinaPad and that basically makes any SD app look great on iPad.

      • MonkeyChunks

        Yes, but I don't want to jailbreak my device. Thanks for the advice though!

  • Jazzpha

    I enjoyed that the signature "Eli Hodapp groan of dismay and slow, soul-crushing agony" made its triumphant return after featuring so prominently in the NimbleQuest Let's Play.

    Keep on trucking though, Brad. You still got it.

  • http://www.nitrome.com/ Nitrome

    Thanks for the TA Plays guys! You can't buy the coins via IAP by the way...you can only buy God Powers via IAP. The coins are an integral part of the game...it's a bit like collecting stars for doors in Mario 64.

  • Zenfar

    Great Article Great Game!

    Playing on iPad and worth the $2.99

  • Flare_TM

    The music is great too, especially in the troll marsh

  • Alex

    Eli must have wanted to knock Brad over and play for him.
    Watching this video was painful. Brad's done better at other games though, so I don't know what was going on here.
    Maybe Brad can't use too much brain power to figure out these puzzles out, because he doesn't exercise his brain as much as his other muscles.

  • captainChocolade

    The Flash version was cool back in 2009!