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ICE - Minimalistic Strategy

ICE - Minimalistic Strategy

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Rated 4.3 stars out of five star
164,966 Total

  • Required Android: 4.0 and up
  • Installs: 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
  • Published/Updated Date: September 12, 2016

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Quick and addicting real-time strategy. Beautiful, not-so-simple, just awesome.

Control your army of ant-like ships. Capture connected enemy bases (remember that you can't simply capture a non-connected base - this would be too easy!) You win when you control everything, you lose when you lose everything. Good luck!

Works really well on tablets and devices with big screens.

The game was originally designed and created during 48 hours for Ludum Dare 30.

There is only one in-app purchase that allows you to play on larger worlds (much more fun!) and removes advertisements. However, you can still normally play without spending any money.

ICE - Minimalistic Strategy APK Version History
User Reviews
4.3

164,966 Total
5 96,603 
4 39,222 
3 14,582 
2 5,874 
1 8,685 
 cowtessa
cowtessa
September 16, 2016

Used to be fun... Game went from easy is fun and consistently can win and normal mode may lose to easy is hard and normal you can lose in 1 minute flat as every AI comes for you directly. More planets don't give the bonus they use to, sound settings reverted several times, and back use to exit game from menu, now it may or may not. Very frustrating, especially since I paid for the game some time ago as I enjoyed it thoroughly. Full Review

 John Roca
John Roca
September 21, 2016

This game is clever strategy at it's finest I love how the lines seemed random but once you learn the lay of it, There's nothing as satisfying as taking an enemy's base right as they try to take yours but are shut down cause you grabbed their connection. I wish the advanced mode had a bit of tutorial because I couldn't figure it out. Needs more levels, and maybe a special attack of types or powerups though. But other than that this game is fun, addictive, and I was ultimately satisfied with the inexpensive purchase for the amount of enjoyment I get Full Review

 Forrest Meharg
Forrest Meharg
December 9, 2016

Updated: still broken. I've owned and played this game for years, I used to recommend it. Advanced mode was always a mystery, but I could play regular mode and I was pleased enough with that. Now I can't even play regular mode. A huge world on easy difficulty used to be an easy 15 minutes, and an almost guaranteed win. I can't beat it anymore. The AI gets greater capture health than I do, and seems to capture faster then I can even with all stats maxed out. I had a 31 to 8 advantage, and had to quit because I stalemated. Full Review

 Smith Wesson
Smith Wesson
October 26, 2016

Good game! not as hard as some say. I beat hard in 12 minutes while falling asleep. If you're undecided, try it. I've played this game for years and have always enjoyed it through a handful of revisions, I also would like a short tutorial for advanced mode, I never could figure it out either. I wonder if the avg user who wants the code opened for whatever reason, knows what goes into making something like this... I wonder if they would be so eager to accept criticism and feature requests as the average thumb dragger is to offer them. To the dev team, congrats on making a fun game. Thanks Full Review

 jw11432
jw11432
January 23, 2017

*1/23/17--another update changing the game. I was able to occasionally won on hard difficulty setting. I now cannot win on normal. Other colors gang up and make it impossible. This game has miraculously gotten worse over time. *1/4/15--new update makes this game suck! Playability has radically changed and not for the better. Wish there was a way to rollback updates* Unique game as far as what I've seen among games. Definitely requires strategy, but you get the hang of it. Full Review

 Stephanie Collazo
Stephanie Collazo
January 22, 2017

I used to love this game but I recently installed it but I honestly can't even beat this game on easy anymore. Every ship literally goes to my base as their fist base to take over so I'm the one taken out first. I really regret buying the premium version and I wish I could have my money back because there are no words to describe how much I hate this game now. Full Review

 James Eden
James Eden
September 26, 2016

Updates make it worse Fun game, but the "everyone attack only here!" thing is really limiting. I have had this game for a while. Every time it is updated it gets worse. Latest thing-I-hate, making the ships much tinyer so they don't physically interact with each other anymore, and changing the shape of the layout from an oblong into a circle or square so I have to zoom out farther to see the whole map. Also the ads are more invasive than ever and too often crash the game Full Review

 k rae
k rae
September 26, 2016

WAS a great game but now you can end up fighting an enemy infinitely. the balance is useless, i've given up a level owning approx 30 planets vs 10, because after more than 40mins i still can't sway things Full Review

 Anthony Berlingieri
Anthony Berlingieri
April 5, 2017

New updates are slightly annoying(for the fact I've been playing this for almost 2yrs, no need for instruction on how to play). Love playing on the bigger maps! Added 4/5/17, recent updates to my tablet firmware (Samsung Tab Pro SM-T320) make this game crash on startup every time. Bummed, because this is a great simple game to pass the time. Hope there's a fix for it! Full Review

 Corey Acosta
Corey Acosta
October 6, 2016

An exercise in futility... Used to be I could weaken 3 bases then take em all down to bring em to my side to eventually bring them all to my side of the force (and win). Now (in this version) instead of bases transferring with an even 50% health, my bases will start at 25% or 40% and the enemy bases will start with 50% to 75%. This makes an hour game on huge/easy take about 3 or 4. Cmon this is rediculous... Full Review

 Barry Williams
Barry Williams
June 4, 2017

Soo, this game used to be fun. I used to have a pretty good strategy to win - and kept me coming back (to win). But now, this update ruined the game. All the AI seems to come at you at the very beginning. Just as you get some traction, you're dead. It's not fun anymore. Uninstalled Full Review

 Rolfe Winterson
Rolfe Winterson
November 26, 2016

Unexpectedly fun! I thought this was going to be absolutely ridiculous, and to an extent I was right. But it is ridiculously fun, too. Timing, planning...this can be more strategic than you think, but not so headscratching that it causes you to punch a hole in the wall. A fun time. Highly recommended. Full Review

 Dave Lawson
Dave Lawson
September 13, 2016

Simple, Fun, Challenging That's the easiest way to sum it up. It seems easy enough, but once you play a few (dozen) times you'll see that it's not always straightforward. The AI players are good and don't always follow the same patterns, so winning isn't always guaranteed. Great game, definitely recommended. Full Review

 Metz Prime
Metz Prime
October 21, 2016

You broke it I've played this game for years. It had almost perfect balance, and now to win a game even in normal mode takes hours. I used to love playing this on the train on my way into work. I could fit a couple of games in on my trip. Not anymore. It's almost impossible to win, even in easy mode. The enemy captures faster than you do, even with maxed out skills. Broken. Full Review

Unknown
Unknown
November 14, 2016

Game was better before update New AI is not good. Everything is just random now and games take forever. Enemies switch planets when they are seconds from capturing it. They leave white planets open the entire game. They won't eliminate another player unless it's random Full Review

 Dan Isacsson
Dan Isacsson
September 20, 2016

The game doesn't hold "Here, play against this AI and have fun clicking to take over different areas." An idea popped into my head where it might be possible to do drive-by attacks but the game isn't satisfying enough to play for another ten minutes. Full Review

 Foysal Ahmed
Foysal Ahmed
November 11, 2016

Seriously annoying bug This is still a great app, but since the last update there is this annoyance. I listen to podcasts and music while playing this game, and as of the last update it now pauses the music every time I open or switch to this game, so I have to open the notifications and press play EVERY TIME. It didn't use to do this. Please fix it and I can change my rating back to the 5 stars this game really is. Also, have you thought about changing the name to something that stands out more, because it makes it hard to find. Full Review

 Stony Joe
Stony Joe
March 8, 2017

I've played many similar games and must say this is the worst. This game is unbeatable even on easy. The AI always, and I do mean ALWAYS, teams up against you even if it cannot actually capture your planet. The player starts in the middle making their home planet easy prey. The routes to enemy planets are circuitous to point that once you get in a position to assault the enemy, it has easily moved its fleet into position to counter you completely. The AI is always stronger and faster than the player could ever be. Full Review

 Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan
September 29, 2016

Turns off sound of other apps Even with the sound setting off it mutes other apps which means I can't play while listening to the Giants games on my phone. Also, it needs a better explanation of how to use the "Advanced" mode. I figured it out but for someone who taps away like I used to, it was confusing. Fix these = 5 stars Full Review

 John Wagner
John Wagner
October 23, 2016

Boring and slow I like the concept, but there's just not enough to it. If it were short, it'd be fine, but a single game can take hours, with the majority of it being in a virtual stalemate. Something as simple as the power ups not capping at level 10 would greatly improve the game. Maybe throw in some online play while you're at it. Full Review

 Brady Greenwood
Brady Greenwood
September 22, 2016

Great game! Once you get the hang of the game play , it's all strategy. Had this game did a long time and I still go back to it. After the recent update, they made the Advanced mode a lot easier to use than before. Full Review

 Jason Vicari
Jason Vicari
October 23, 2016

Was perfect before update Difficulty level spiked, and I find myself constantly trading the same bases over and over, can stalemate or last for hours. Not fun anymore. Full Review

 Adam W
Adam W
June 9, 2017

Used to be a great game. I can't even beat it on easy mode anymore. Every AI has better stats than you. Starting in the center of the world gives you a huge disadvantage. Disappointing Full Review

 Michael Jones
Michael Jones
October 20, 2016

Bad update! Used to love this game. Last update made the graphics better, but changes to the gameplay made it too difficult to enjoy anymore, even when set to easy. A total shame, I'll probably remove it soon due to this... Full Review

 Zack Deyarmin
Zack Deyarmin
January 26, 2017

It was fun a couple years ago, however now it shows to be more of a challenge. After I take over a base I only receive 500 health while the other teams receive 750? Seems a little imbalanced for easy mode. Full Review

 ISAIAH SALDIVAR
ISAIAH SALDIVAR
November 19, 2016

To hard It took me about 2 hours to beat a level on easy.it might sound said but easy is actually HARD.do not get this game if you get frustrated easily or at all.so hard. fix the difficulty Full Review

 Kc Ryan
Kc Ryan
October 9, 2016

Quick, fun! Big fan, been playing now for quite a while. Look like maybe some things were changed with this new update, but for the better. Speed seems the best, I usually only use speed. Or at least historically that was the case not sure if the balance has changed a bit now. Very glad the volume buttons no longer shift the location circles off center. Full Review

 Rick Yoder
Rick Yoder
July 16, 2017

This game used to be fun. I remember playing it on phones and tablets I went though when I was younger. But now, I can't even win a single round on a normal sized world set to "easy". Not a single round. After 8 tries, I can't beat the game even once. The algorithms have become too difficult in my opinion. When every other team gangs up on you there's no strategy--the game is being a dick to you. Full Review

 Eric Becher
Eric Becher
June 8, 2017

You ruined it. It used to be good but the change in the AI play made it different. A normal game on normal size used to take only a few minutes. I have had 4 thirty minute games... Advanced mode is still horrible, you should have fixed that instead of stuff that wasnt broken. Full Review

 Paper crane
Paper crane
November 20, 2017

It's so awesome that you can actually win the game even when you have like 3 bases (I won a game after losing all bases except 3 in a huge world and in normal difficulty). It truly is a strategic game which takes time, not just click and play type. Awesome stuff! Full Review

 Tyler Hebbe
Tyler Hebbe
October 26, 2016

I Really Like This Game Searched for about 20 minutes to find it and redownload it on my new phone because I couldn't remember what it was called. My only problem is the AI in advanced mode. They completely destroy me no matter what strategy I take. On simple, winning isn't crazy challenging. On advanced, it's impossible. Full Review

 Justin Motley
Justin Motley
June 12, 2017

After beating the campaign on Galaxy ICE (which I downloaded remembering this game), I decided to pick this game back up. Mistake. I decided to load up just a normal game with no added bells and whistles. After spending an hour in the grindiest, most unfun skirmish I've ever played of any game, I'm uninstalling it. For some reason, the AI has enough pushes against you that even being a decent strategy game player means nothing. They capture bases faster and gain bonus health. Because that's fun and fair gameplay. I was going back and forth on three planets for 90% of the time. Like it's just not fun. Play Galaxy ICE and avoid this at all costs. Full Review

 sandor dutchgraphic
sandor dutchgraphic
October 15, 2016

Guess I'm dumb It explains how to move, but not how wining works... How about you guys read a book on tutorials. Uninstalled. Full Review

 Branden Quackenbush
Branden Quackenbush
September 25, 2016

Great game, now even better! Previously, I wrote a review of this game and gave it 4 stars; the split forces (advanced) mode was brand new at 1 day old at the time and cool to see, but it was very poorly implemented and hard to use. It stayed like this for the longest time, and I had honestly given up on it ever getting fixed; then I started up the game today, just to satisfy an itch. Lo and behold, they've fixed it! I'm not sure what update fixed it, but everything about this game is now perfect to my standards. 5/5, a true must play. Full Review

 Scott Barnes
Scott Barnes
October 12, 2016

The game was good, but I wouldn't waste my time now Game used to be great fun but then it got an update that changed the ai. Now the game is frustrating due to the fact that the matches are now just luck of the draw. This is due to the fact that the ai will only fight you and not the other ai even if they are being directly attacked by them. The game also needs a fix so that in advance mode defense commands don't auto cancel, the hostile ai is bad enough don't want to have to micromanage every single one of my units at the same time. Full Review

 Chris Hill
Chris Hill
February 23, 2017

Seems like it could have been a decent game at one time but once your opponents are whittled down to just one AI player it's just a continuous stalemate. Frustrating, not fun. Full Review

 Weston Birch
Weston Birch
August 25, 2017

When the enemy captures a node, it has higher health than yours. When you have 12 Nodes, one crafty bot can ruin your day and turn a quick game into a 30 minute vendetta. The ads crash my game, which is often saved several moves back and ruins the "strategy" I had going. I had once 5 starred this game but it's gone too far. I can't leisurely play this like I once was, there is less challenge than needless killjoy. I'm also uninstalling and sad to see the app I have used for months turn into whatever this is. This isn't ICE. Full Review

 Kore Boar
Kore Boar
September 23, 2016

Too Balanced It's a great game, and great concept, but there's only like 4 mechanics in the whole game, and by the end, you just trade blows with the 1 or 2 colors alive, plus if you don't play easy, the other players get stronger bases, so you slowly lose ground throughout the course of half an hour Full Review

 Kevin Sandzik
Kevin Sandzik
October 29, 2017

There are no bugs, no flaws, and most importantly the game runs smooth and is very very very very fun. Did I say it was very fun? Also the game has no ad's and cost nothing. Well it didn't when I first got the game about 2 or 3 years ago, I'm not suree if new people have any ad's or not. But this is by the the first game I have ever played that you do not get hounded with ad's or have to buy anything. Very good game to kill time while pooping. Full Review

 Häagen- Dazs
Häagen- Dazs
October 13, 2017

It's a great game, it's a great time killer, but there's one issue that ruins it. When AI capture your bases, they have full health. But when you capture a base, it has 500-ish health, making the game even when your troops are maxed; unbalanced. Sure you can beat them eventually, but who wants to wait 5-10mins just for their bases to regen. Full Review

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