Icy Cave is one of those flash games that you nearly brush off without a second glance, but hooks you with its simple, addictive gameplay. I discovered this game mainly because I was doing research for Snow Tale, the previous flash game I wrote about for this semi-weekly feature. Turns out, Icy Cave is developed by the same team, Neutronized.
Your objective in all 20 levels of Icy Cave is to help a predetermined number of Winter Yetis to their home. The gameplay will immediately trigger flashbacks of Lemmings, though while the gameplay is similiar, Icy Cave challenges you to accomplish your goal without special abilities or techniques. Levels are cleverly designed around the concept of starting and stopping the Winter Yetis’ movement. You’ll need to do this to avoid and defeat enemies, step on switches and moving platforms, or to avoid other yeti crushing obstacles.
Controlling the yetis is easily done exclusively with your mouse. Left-click a yeti and drag left or right to begin moving in that direction, click again to stop. It’s an extremely simplified spin on the Lemmings formula, but it managed to draw me in because it’s easy to learn and execute. You’ll also need to scroll around levels by pointing at the edges of the screen. My only complaint is that this can take you out of the game momentarily.
There are jewels to collect along the way, but they seem to only add to your score. Regardless, Icy Cave is charming and addictive flash game complete with cutesy yeti and winter visuals. Its soundtrack is also quite charming with relaxing, wintry themes, though you may tire easily thanks to the lack of variety. Overall, if you need to distract yourself for an hour or so, Icy Cave could be a good way to blow off some steam.