Thanks to the annual App Store freeze that took place over the holidays last week, a new App of the Week missed its normal Thursday announcement date. As the shutdown lifts, however, the App Store team has now named physics platformer Icycle: On Thin Ice from Damp Gnat as this week's App of the Week, temporarily making the app free for all users.

Touted for its visuals and general "bizarreness" in various App Store reviews, the game tasks players with guiding its nude protagonist, Dennis, across eighty levels of various landscapes ranging from frozen tundras to "bizarre creations plucked from Dennis' subconscious."

From its jaw-dropping scenery to bizarre creations plucked from Dennis’s sub-conscious, award-winning studio Damp Gnat draws inspiration from art, film, and comedy to deliver an experience that is beautiful, sad, hilarious, compelling, and fun all at once.
- A thrilling platforming adventure from award-winning studio Damp Gnat
- Breathtaking worlds that are as beautiful as they are dangerous
- Stunning soundtrack and unique surrealist visual design
- Unlock a wardrobe full of garments to dress and humiliate Dennis
- Upgrade vacuum cleaners and umbrellas to reach hidden items
- Complete 80 missions to unlock bonus features including the original Icycle game!

Icycle: On Thin Ice can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

MartinAppleGuy Avatar
97 months ago
I'd rather have 12 days of New Year...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jessica Lares Avatar
97 months ago
Perhaps you should've mentioned that it isn't a free but "freemium" game that offers In-app purchases.

To be fair though, it's just to buy the currency, which you can easily get in-game.

And here's a hint, only the air tanks actually matter. Everything else is just clothes and skips, which you could easily do without. You even get at least one skip to begin with.

Before people judge something that has IAP, actually read what they are, and use the actual app before you pass judgement. Sometimes you can do without the IAP very easily. Lots of $10 apps still have IAP still, but it's for things like voices, which developers have to license each separately. Nobody wants to pay for 50+ voices they won't ever use, they just want one of them.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jessica Lares Avatar
97 months ago
We'll spend thousands of dollars on a phone and a mobile plan but $2 to help support the developers? HERESY!

I don't think that's the main problem in this thread. It's more that people need to open their eyes a bit more. If this was Monument Valley, Kiwanuka, The Room, Super Hexagon, etc people would be saying the same thing.

Which in the end is probably the main reason they ditched 12 days this year, and why they won't do the U2 thing again. People are not courteous enough just to either not download the app and just delete it, and would rather give the developer a mouth load of why it sucks. It wasn't good for them in the long run, and it didn't make the kind of people posting those opinions want to buy something else in the App Store.

If you want whatever you want for free, then you're better off going with Amazon. Let that company suffer with trying to serve 10 million people with $100 Amazon Prime memberships, free Amazon Appstore credit, free music streaming, and whatever else. You might think that's a lot of money, but try splitting that up between all the different people making this content to begin with. It doesn't go far enough, isn't guaranteed money because it changes as people drop and join the program, and the income won't pay for future projects, or even a standard $50,000 income.

I'm going the way of PRSI here, but man, people have such a huge problem with people other than them making money doing what they love for a living, it's sick.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dezryth Avatar
97 months ago
We'll spend thousands of dollars on a phone and a mobile plan but $2 to help support the developers? HERESY!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
simonmet Avatar
97 months ago
Perhaps you should've mentioned that it isn't a free but "freemium" game that offers In-app purchases.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rman0726 Avatar
97 months ago
I played for about 5 minutes and quit. Stupid game...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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