Maybe it's just everyone dumping ice water on their heads to promote charity, but Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage [$0.99 / $2.99] going on sale seems awfully appropriate. And not only is it going on sale, it's completely free for a limited time as Apple's "App of the Week", likely in connection to developer Nitrome's latest game 8bit Doves [$2.99] recently releasing.

The rope-slashing, ice-breaking physics puzzler originally released under the Rovio Stars label, but has since transferred back to Nitrome and is now on the App Store under their label. Oh, and the Rovio site makes literally no mention of the game at all. Hmm.

Both the iPhone-only and universal versions are available for free, though there is IAP in the game. The reason for split versions is likely because of Rovio policy before they decided to start making universal apps instead of split versions. I'd probably recommend the universal version for obvious reasons. This is one of the better physics puzzlers of recent vintage, and has a fantastic high-res pixel art style that's actually kind of hard to notice unless you really look at it. This is well worth checking out at the free price if you haven't yet.

  • Cevan7

    Just wondering, do you guys have any plans to ever review this?

    • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

      Why? It's free? It cant go more free than free. Download it and try it. It's fun. If i'm wrong and it isn't fun for you then delete it. πŸ™‚

      • Cevan7

        I bought it the day it came out...

        I just want to know if TA is ever going to actually review the game.

  • worldcitizen1919

    Is this game gone free or gone freemium? Apple sometimes give away a full premium game with no hidden costs but I consider any costs as not free so although IAP is optional the game's not really free unless you're getting everything free. Only my opinion.

    • Nitrome

      Apple chose it as their Free App of the week so it's only free for a week. We're not flipping it to freemium and didn't adjusted the IAP in any way for the promotion. IMHO were not overly pushy about the IAP and it is intended as optional for people who might be timers or anything like that πŸ™‚

      Oh and thanks Touch Arcade for the mention...very kind of you πŸ™‚

      • worldcitizen1919

        Thanks for clearing that up.

  • timborama


    • Leydz Boomshaka-Irwin

      NO its is Free, not "free"

  • Hpmor

    Bought this for iPhone when it came out and I had lots of fun without ever spending any further IAP. It is very polished, graphics are gorgeous and they really tried to make levels diverse.

    Give it a shot when you are remotely interested!

    • Hpmor

      ... Btw IAP is only for when you are stuck as far as I could tell, and I saw maybe 80% (before the content update came out), but then I got interested by other games.

  • oscar123967

    Long live Brad Nicholson!

    • tex32

      Oh Brad still writing for TA? Enjoyed the podcasts, reviews, etc.

  • OrangeJews

    What's the difference between the universal and the normal app?

    • Nitrome

      Universal is for iPad and iPhone...normal is just intended for iPhone. We would love to just have Universal now but if we drop the normal then those users wouldn't get any future updates we might make.

      • Stormourner

        yup!! removing the ipad or iphone version is really bad, 5th Cell did this to Run Roo Run, the developer made the iphone version universal and removed the HD version

  • Stormourner

    aaaawww this game looks great but the price is 0 oh well I wait for price increase (problem, misers?)

  • mattreeder

    This game reminds me of the time I went to put crushed ice in my lemonade but it turned out to be broken glass and I sliced my tongue in half and was rushed to the hospital. Moral of the story: Only hot drinks from now on.

  • rewind

    This is one of the main reasons why I don't buy paid games. They'll eventually go on sale for $0.00.

    • Stormourner

      so you don't buy indie paid games?

  • Rustrobot

    Is anyone else having issues getting the cloud save to work? I did a bunch on my iPad and can't for the life of me get my iPhone to sync the save.