24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The layout of the game is pretty good and the graphics look very good. The app has nice special effects for the audio. You can play in the one player mode or in the two player mode. In two player mode you both have to hold and touch the tablet so make sure that you use a larger size screen. There is a way to turn off the music and the sounds under the option's selections. There is a built in quit button.
The controls are hard to use as there is a lag in the time you press and move them. It is not massive but it is enough to affect your game play. When you start to move you quickly build up speed and it is pretty hard, at least for me to control my player icon. The controls need work to improve the game action for that fact alone this is a 3 star app. My goalie scored more goals than I could.
The app contains a ton of garbage programming in it that you do not need and I list all of that below. It has adware, malware and InApp purchasing software code galore. At the present time it seems inactive but it makes me suspicious of what can happen to the app in future updates. I deducted another star as this code should not be there and I do not want it loaded onto my tablet.
This App contains adware and malware. For adware it uses Chartboost. It also includes Amazon InApp Billing, Amazon Licensing, Samsung InApp Billing and Zirconia licensing. On top of that it includes Flurry Analytics and Google Analytics that can monitor your app usage and the app software.
* read phone status and identity
* modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
* full network access
* view network connections
* view WIFI connections
* prevent tablet from sleeping
The app installed entirely onto my devices memory and it was 39.64MB of memory. I had to manually move it to my SD card. After the move the app left 2.81MB in my device memory and put 39.62MB in my SD card memory storage.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Well, hello HeroCraft, we meet again. On the surface, ICE RAGE: HOCKEY is an entertaining rendition of simple 1 v 1 arcade hockey. However, I personally found the controls a bit ... wild. I did play, and won, a full tournament as well as a quick play, and oddly the movement response seemed far worse in the tournament. I did upgrade my [Technique] x 4, thinking this was somehow tied to movement control, and although it did seem linked, I still had quite a few moments of going the opposite direction.
The game depth is pretty superficial, and I am done with the game after winning a tournament. There really isn't any real staying power with this one beyond a mindless arcade experience, which for some may just be the ticket.
Now there is a reason why I left the "Nitty Gritty" for last instead of first. This game is loaded to the pads with apparently -inactive- junk. Two sets of adware (Chartboost and InMobi), but currently NO advertising. Two sets of IAP, both Google and Amazon, and there IS purchase packs, 4 additional character packs. I had originally missed the IAP as they are cleverly hidden away on the character carousel, but when reviewer "ashertopia" mentioned it, I went searching. And thar it blows. IAP in a paid game. Ugh.
However, there aren't any outside linkings or social media fluff.
And two sets of Analytics, once again Google and Amazon. Add in Network Access + Read Device State/ID, and once again we are in the crease of Uneasiness. However, beyond that, the game does play OFFLINE. So all in all, personal experience combined wwith the edgy permissions/analytics, and now In-App-Purchasing... ICE RAGE: HOCKEY is now in the Blargh Zone.
-- Video Review available on my YouTube channel so you can see first hand the game itself. Link available under my Profile or search Tinfoot Tall. I've given up trying to get video reviews posted on Amazon in a timely manner- plus I won't have to fight the 10 minute limit and formatting issues Amazon imposes on videos. All questions and feed back warmly welcomed!
Also about the IAP present in this game:
I personally try to take things in context and not a over riding knee-jerk reaction. Sure, I have paid for DLC for Expansion Value to an already released game, but in this case, the IAP content is rather bland, not something they "made afterwards" to add additional real content, but simply extra characters. Like playing an arcade fighter and having to spend a buck to unlock a single extra character you can fight as. It has been done in very popular console games, and will again be done, and in this case, and like a great majority of Android Games, it's not about added value but added monetization.
If the add on IAP was a completely new, expanded tournament with deeper RPG layers, okay. Spending a buck to play as a cat... that smells of banking on a customers growing dissatisfaction and the throwing money into a pit in hopes it bolsters replay. Which is something I have done quite a few times myself, always to my personal chagrin afterwards. :P
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2014
The game is an ice hockey game where you slide one finger on the screen to control your players movement and use another finger on your other hand to tap to shoot at the opponents goal. In my opinion the game might be fun for kids but it suffers from one fatal flaw that prevents it from being very playable for adults and that is the input lag. The player moving on the screen lags quite far behind your finger moving on the screen. You end up having to try to overcompensate for the input lag in order to accomplish anything. I've seen this before on other fast paced apps/games such as air hockey games, etc. I think they have the potential for a really fun app/game if they can only fix the input lag issue. But, as it stands now, it's just not very playable in my opinion.
41 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
If only it had stayed at 0.99 but whatever when a games this fun it's worth it. I had been waiting for a game like this to pop up. It has a somewhat easy control scheme but hard to perfect. It has a lot of different characters and they all play alot differently. The split screen is fun especially on the kindle. It has a nice twist to a hockey game. What is that twist, it is an actual amazing hockey that seems like the developer put in the time to make this a well polished game that seems like it's as fun as NHL games. This is a game that you can either pick up and play or play for a long time in one go. With the tournament mode and split screen this is a game you'll keep coming back to play.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
Fun game.....In like it as much as my granddkids......a little challenging, but not overly so.....I would recommend this product to any age
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
The gameplay is great, the graphics are awesome and the addictivness level is out of the charts! I literally played this until my knuckles hurt (from holding the kindle) and my thumb was in pain. It is awesome. Totally worth the $.99. The multiplayer is awesome, one person complained they couldn't find the multiplayer, it's right there in the menu!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a simple, fun ice hockey arcade game. For thosewho arehaving ahard timewith thecontrols: it's gonna be hard to control because it's on ice and because we all tend to want to keep our fingers on the direction pad when trying to shoot. Is there lag? Not on my Note 3. It played very smoothly.
I played all three game modes and found all of them to be quick pick up and play games. Single game and tournament are the same except for tournament allows you to add points to your skills after each win (speed, strength or technique). Each match is 30 seconds with instant unlimited OT until someone scores. Death Match is different. Each time you hit the other player or score their health bar goes down until they are dead and a new opponent comes on. Each Death Match has three opponents in a row for you. It's pretty fun. But I haven't figured out how the IA can do some of their moves and the doesn't seem to be a tutorial.
There is IAP: two player expansion packs with 3 or 4 new playable characters. I have IAP disabled in all my devices so I'm not sure of the prices but I expect they are a buck each. My expectations are that on a full game we ought to get all the features of the game.
In my opinion the permissions make sense. Rotate screen, check for purchase (anti piracy), and billing (IAP). I'm not as worried about some things possibly getting turned on with an update as any update could turn on things we wouldn't want.
Overall a fun game that if paid for should have all the characters unlocked in my opinion.