Icy Tower is quite simply a free software video game based on the popular concept of the "hover-scrolling" genre. You play the role of a cyber knight who attacks other castles by launching a barrage of ground shattering attacks using a variety of weapons such as the sword, axe, mace or even a lance. As you progress through the game you'll unlock new weapons as well as new levels to beat your opponents. The game was developed by Free Lunch Design, a small Sweden based development company known for their exciting puzzle and board games. As with many video games you're able to download the Icy Tower PC demo (which it really is) for free and also receive a full version of the game for free, offering you the ability to fully explore the world of Icy Tower and play the game to its fullest potential.
Icy Tower differs from many other games of its kind, as it is not only a timed game, but also has many hidden features and puzzles that will challenge you more as you progress through the game. For example, one of the challenges you will come across is the use of the grappling hook, allowing you to pull down towers which are higher up than you. Another is the ability to grapple and swing through the air, allowing you to quickly move about the environment and hit your opponents when they least expect it. It's these moments, which Icy Tower sometimes fails to give sufficient attention to, that make the game truly enjoyable.
Another aspect that sets Icy Tower apart from similar platform games is the use of an icy tower game mechanic, whereby you fall prey to an increasing level of speed as you continue to fall, eventually sliding off a large platform below you and sliding into an abyss. This is essentially the same mechanic used in the popular downloadable title, Sonic the Hedgehog, which is why Icy Tower feels a lot more complete as a game overall. Playing on an icy tower causes your speed to drop considerably, but the fact that you are falling is far less important than simply knowing where you're going; this is why Icy Tower manages to combine the platforming with the jumping aspect so well.