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For the character, see Lockehorn (character).
Nitrome Must Die Preceded by Lockehorn Followed by Rubble Trouble Moscow
Lockehorn IconIco Lockehorn 2.0
V 1.0 Logo (left), V 2.0 Logo (right)
Help Lockehorn save his tribe from the big freeze or grab a buddy and battle!
Released December 15, 2011 (V 1.0)

January 19th, 2012 (V 2.0)

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Levels 20
Game Type Level based
Genre Puzzle

LeftRightUpDown- Move

Credits Artwork
Markus Heinel
Jon Annal
Romain Macré
Dave Cowen
Lockehorn Menu
Lockehorn Main
Avatars related to this game:
Lockehorn ava
Unlockable avatars in this game:
Lockehorn ava

Lockehorn is a Nitrome game released on Thursday December 15th. On December 9th 2011, Nitrome revealed a screenshot of a game that they said would be released between December 11 and 17th. This game puts the player in control of an elk called Lockehorn who has to free its fellow elks trapped in ice by pushing the ice they are in to an altar in order to thaw it out. This game was made a distributable game on January 30th, 2013.

The game received an update on January 19th 2012. This update contains Battle Mode, a feature that allows two players to fight against each other (similar to Test Subject Arena), as well as a new "Easy Mode", a feature that gives the player 3 lives, instead of just 1, and bug fixes. It introduced a new colour of an elk.


Player 1
LeftRightUpDown- Move Lockehorn/move ice in direction (when against ice)
Player 2
W keyA keyS keyD key- Move blue elk/move ice in direction (when against ice)


Story Mode

In each level of Lockehorn, the player, using their slab of ice, has to kill every snow spirit by crushing them against walls, or pushing them off edges (if there are any). The player will freeze if they touch an enemy, fall off the stage, or are hit by a hazard. They can also be crushed by there own slab of ice if not careful. The player will also lose the level if the slab of ice falls off the stage.

Throughout the game, hazards and different snow spirits are encountered. When all enemies are killed, the Alter will open up, and the player has to place the slab of ice on the Alter, which will melt it. When the creature is successfully brought out of the ice, the level is cleared. 1/5 of the levels have two ice slabs, and the player having to melt each one to complete the level.

Due to the intense difficulty of Lockehorn level 15-20, Nitrome included an "Easy Mode" with the Lockehorn Update on January19th 2012. What Easy Mode will tone down has not been revealed yet.


Lockehorn V 2.0 introduced two difficulties of play: Normal Mode, and Easy Mode.

Normal Mode

Normal Mode is the basic and only mode in Lockehorn V 1.0, while it is the harder of the two modes in Lockehorn 2.0.

Easy Mode

Easy Mode is a toned down version of Normal Mode. The player can select Easy Mode for every level, and alternate between Easy Mode and Normal Mode if they choose. Easy Mode gives the player three hearts, so if they are hit by a hazard and frozen, they will break out of it, but this will cost one heart. The player has more strength ans is more agile, and can push the Ice Slab faster. Enemies and hazards move slower, and if the player loses the Ice slab it will respawn and not cost the player a heart.

Multiplayer Mode

Multiplayer Mode is a mode that is only playable with two players, each person using the same computer. Player 1 controls Lockehorn, while Player 2 controls a Blue Elk. The objective is to gain the most points. Pots can be smashed to yield Coins; which can be used for points. Vegetables will fall from the sky, for players pick up Powerups. A picked up Food item will increase how fast the player moves (ability) and how fast they can push the Ice Slab (strength)

How much increased pushing power the player has is determined by the Powerup bar. Orange pads are placed around the level that allow the player to gain points by placing the Ice Slab on. The objective is to prove that the player is the true leader of the elk.


Story Mode

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There are levels for Story Mode of Lockehorn.

Level 1

This level has two snow spirits, and the altar is in the middle.

Level 1L
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Lockehorn - Level 100:38

Lockehorn - Level 1

Level 2

This level has 12 ice flames and 4 normal spirits, also with 12 pots placed in the corners. There is one altar and it is also in the middle of the screen. For some reason, this is the only level in which the player finds Freeze Flames.

Level 2
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Lockehorn - Level 200:57

Lockehorn - Level 2

Level 3

There are 16 pots but only 2 normal spirits. During the course of the level, wind blows left and then right all the time, which makes the level difficult. The altar is also placed in the middle.

Level 3
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Lockehorn - Level 300:33

Lockehorn - Level 3

Level 4

On level 4, there are 2 bomb layers, 1 altar and 4 normal spirits, with 12 small pots.

Level 4
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Lockehorn - Level 400:51

Lockehorn - Level 4

Level 5

On this level, there are icicles falling from the sky, and two sides in with the player can move the ice slab on. There are 19 pots and two empty spaces; the ice slab can go through these spaces, but the player cannot.

Level 5
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Lockehorn - Level 500:47

Lockehorn - Level 5

Level 6

On this level, there are 32 small pots and 4 big pots, 1 altar and 4 sacred spirits. There is an easy way to get all the points and beating the level easily.

Level 6
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Lockehorn - Level 601:42

Lockehorn - Level 6

Level 7

This level has a technique to beat easily. First the player should push the Ice Slab at one side, making it contact with the bouncing blogs, but the player needs to be careful, because there are empty spaces where the player can fall if not hurrying up. There is 1 altar at the other side of the level, 8 normal spirits and 12 small pots.

Level 7
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Lockehorn - Level 701:36

Lockehorn - Level 7

Level 8

Level 8
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Lockehorn - Level 801:03

Lockehorn - Level 8

Level 9

Level 9
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Lockehorn - Level 901:08

Lockehorn - Level 9

Level 10

Level 10
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Lockehorn - Level 1001:27

Lockehorn - Level 10

Level 11

Level 11
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Lockehorn - Level 1101:05

Lockehorn - Level 11

Level 12

Level 12
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Lockehorn - Level 1200:57

Lockehorn - Level 12

Level 13

Level 13
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Lockehorn - Level 1300:50

Lockehorn - Level 13

Level 14

Level 14
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Lockehorn - Level 1401:07

Lockehorn - Level 14

Level 15

Level 15
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Lockehorn - Level 1501:09

Lockehorn - Level 15

Level 16

Level 16
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Lockehorn - Level 1601:29

Lockehorn - Level 16

Level 17

Level 17
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Lockehorn - Level 1700:59

Lockehorn - Level 17

Level 18

Level 18
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Lockehorn - Level 1801:03

Lockehorn - Level 18

Level 19

Level 19
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Lockehorn - Level 1900:37

Lockehorn - Level 19

Level 20

Level 20
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Lockehorn - Level 2001:52

Lockehorn - Level 20

Battle Mode

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Battle Mode has 14 stages.

01: Beginners Luck

Lockehorn arena 1

02: Survival of the Fittest

Lockhorne 2

03: Knuckle Sandwich

3 - Knuckle Sandwich

04: Quash Slalom

4 - Squash Slalom

05: Boom Boom Panic

5 - Boom Boom Panic

06: Thar She Blows

6 - Thar She Blows

07: Watch your Step

7 - Watch Your Step

08: Easy Money

8 - Easy Money

09: Look Out Below

9 - Look Out Below

10: Fireball Frenzy

10 -Fireball Frenzy

11: Only the Brave

11 - Only The Brave

12: Magic Roundabout

12 - Magic Roundabout

13: Flaming Furry

13 - Flaming Fury

14: Breakout

14 - Breakout


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In the ending, Lockehorn successfully frees all of his people, and the frost covered land reverts back to a tropical paradise.
Lockehorn - (Ending)


Snow spirits

Snow spirits are the enemies in Lockehorn. They are the main objective of Lockehorn, and have to be destroyed. There are three types of Snow Spirits, ones that normally walk, ones that at certain points become hyper and home in on the player, and ones that are completely stationary.


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Freeze flames

Freeze Flame

Lit and unlit freeze flames

Freeze Flames are blue coloured flames that come out of the ground and freeze the player in contact. They can be stopped for a while by sliding the slab of ice over it, however they are only stopped for a very short time, so the player should be fast.

Interactive objects

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Ice slab

The Ice Slab is a slab of ice the player has to melt at the Alter. It's also used for crushing enemies and Pots.

Pick ups

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Pots are encountered in almost every level, and can be smashed with the ice slab to reveal coins.


V 1.0

Version 1.0 is the most basic version of Lockehorn and the version it was first released in. Nitrome intended to release Lockehorn on December 14th (a day before its regular release), however, when trying to do so problems with the site arose. All game pages became inaccessible[1]. Along with this, the module on the front page that showed animations of Nitrome games had a blank animation for Lockehorn's, though it still linked to the game. However, due to all the Nitrome game pages being broken, it was not playable until the next day when the problems with the site were fixed. [2]

V 2.0

Nitrome updated Lockehorn with Version 2.0 on January 19th 2012. This update will bring a new "Easy Mode" to the game, bug fixes, and Battle Mode (multiplayer).


December 9th, 2011

Nitrome previewed an image of this game on December 9th 2011, as well as saying this game would be released next week (between December 11th and 17th)

Untitled Winter Game

The previewed image

January 13th 2012

Nitrome announced a multiplayer mode for Lockehorn, to be available in the Lockehorn game. An image was also previewed.

The previewed image


Multiplayer mode post-avatar

After an avatar was released in the game, multiplayer mode became majorly glitched. After loading a level, an avatar gift would fall from the sky first, as opposed to any fruits or vegetables. Since the present can't be picked up, it made it impossible for any more pick ups to drop, consequently making it impossible for any elk to gain a strength advantage over the other.


The music in Lockehorn was influenced by Aztec culture.[3]


  • Lockehorn makes known its version, version 1.1, as seen in the title located below the letter N. This is odd, as the name of the version is not usually shown in Nitrome games, only games which were updated.
  • The ice slab can only crush a maximum of five enemies at once.
  • The font used in the credits is the same font used in Onekey, this can be noticed by looking at letter N of the font. This is unusual, as Nitrome usually uses new fonts when making a new game.
  • If the player wins in Battle Mode, still collecting Points, the winner will dance, but it is still possible for the loser to go and kill the opponent.
  • As with many other Nitrome games, the previewed image was one of the first levels. In Lockehorn, the image was taken from the first level.
  • When Lockehorn falls into a hole, the smoke from Toxic with a skull figure that comes from the acid will appear from the hole as Lockehorn's spirit, but with a white color instead of green.
  • If the player touches the coal in the single player mode, the sound that is heard is similar to when the player enter an incorrect password in Silly Sausage or when they erase their progress in the credits menu of Silly Sausage in Meat Land.


  1. Nitrome on Facebook: Hi Nitromians! You may have recently experienced..., 15 Dec 2011, retrieved 27 Sept 2014.
  2. Benjamín Rivera on Facebook: Comment by Benjamín Rivera: FTW!! In the Nitrome's homepage, appears a link to Lockehorn (the new winter game), but the page of the game is broken. All the games are broken!, 14 Ded 2014, retrieved 27 Sept 2014.
  3. See Dave Cowen's tweet regarding the release of Lockehorn.

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