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Cool physics-puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage will be first game in Rovio Stars publishing program

Angry Birds maker plays publishing house

Product: Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage | Developer: Nitrome | Publisher: Nitrome | Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
 
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In a new initiative called Rovio Stars, Angry Birds maker Rovio will play publisher for a handful of indie games. The first game to emerge from this program is Nitrome's upcoming pixel-art puzzler Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage.

In this game, you slice ropes and hack up big blocks of ice to help return a clan of Vikings to their longboat. You'll also face enemy trolls and deadly traps, and get to play with cannons and, erm, chickens.

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage contains 95 levels, big boss baddies, side-quests, and special god powers to help you bypass the tricky levels.

This is an all-new iOS-optimised remake of the critically acclaimed Flash game Icebreaker. This mobile port was announced last year and was originally scheduled to debut in January 2013. It's now down as "coming soon".



Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage represents the first of a "small, select number of games" that Rovio will be focusing on with Rovio Stars.

"We want to help the developers to give these games that last coat of polish, publish the games, and find their audience," Kalle Kaivola, Rovio's director of development, said.

The next game from the program will be stealth-based medieval puzzler Tiny Thief by 5 Ants. This was announced as a Rovio production back in January.
 

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Mark Brown 14 May 2013
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Josh Dombro | 19:49 - 14 May 2013
The game itself looks like a lot of fun, and the Rovio Stars thing is intriguing... Are they just publishing the game or did they work on it as well? I like Angry Birds as much as the next person (kind of), but it's getting a little stale. If Rovio can keep up their quality of games *and* diversify the kind of games I'll be really impressed. Thanks for the preview, Mark.
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oooooomonkey | 15:24 - 14 May 2013
This has already been out before, I played it on my iPod touch maybe a year or two ago, vanished from my purchased list though so I'm presuming they just added a bit more polish so they can release it again.
Well it was pretty cool the first time so I'll probably check it out again if it has rovio's seal of approval.
 
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