Thin Ice is a spin-off from the Frost Bite series, released November 28, 2007. Like the previous Frost Bite game, the player controls an eskimo whose goal is to sink monsters on the ice. This game was one of the launch titles for the iPhone and Android Nitrome Touchy, launched on October 31st 2012 for iPhone and November 21st 2012 for Android.
Mouse - Move the eskimo around on the ice. The Eskimo will follow the mouse cursor wherever the player clicks and holds.
Usage: The player controls the on-screen Eskimo by tiling the smartphone in the direction they want to move the eskimo. Holding down the skating button (left button) will cause the Eskimo to skate, while holding down the boot button will cause the Eskimo to skate and also cut into the ice.
Horned jumping creatures - These enemies have horns and jump up and down while following. They move quickly, but they also move slow at times, especially when the Eskimo is not in their sight.
Bull beasts - Bull beasts will charge towards the Eskimo when they see her. They can fall into water by walking into it, or by falling after the ice beneath it has been cut. They move fast when charging, and slow when walking.
Flying monsters - These monsters drop eggs, which create small blasts, when they are flying. They can only be dropped into water while they are on land.
Ice shooting creatures - These monsters move around and will shoot out three pieces of ice that will go up in the sky, come down, and try to hit the player.
Giant white walruses - These monsters are big, and they will stay in one place. Their only attack is to jump up and make a large blast. They also appear in Frost Bite 2.
Bird monsters - They multiply a few seconds after they have been dropped in the water. These enemies are often difficult to sink.
Underwater worm - Once the underwater worm reaches the Eskimo's resting place, he will break out of the ice in an attempt to injure her. The player can see him by his shadow underneath the water.
Ice crystals - These will freeze the Eskimo in a block of ice for a couple of seconds. During this time, the player keeps the same momentum that she had while she slid into it. The Eskimo is also vulnerable to damage.
Snowballs - These will roll completely one way, respawn, and come back the same way again. They will not hurt enemies.
Spike sphere chains - These will be spinning, either fast or slow. If the Eskimo touches any part of the hazard, she will receive damage.
Thin ice - When the Eskimo skates on this, she will fall in it. The ice has small cracks in it, and the player can see the water underneath it.
BONUS letters - When the player picks up one of these letters by themselves, they won't get any points. However, if all are picked up, the player will receive 1000 points.
Popsicles - All popsicles are worth twenty five points. They are collected by making contact with them using the Eskimo. There are two types: green and orange.
Ice cream with sprinkles - Fifty points
Ice cream with pink syrup - Fifty points
Ice Cream with chocolate cookie - One hundred points
Clock - Gives the player extra time.
Lighting bolt - This temporarily makes the player invulnerable to everything except falling into the water.
Snowflake - This freezes everything on the screen other than the player.
Heart - This gives a quarter of the player's health back.
Sometimes a hole will not be made in the ice, even when the player made a closed shape. This often happens if the shape is rather small. Other times, it is rare.
Sometimes, the hole will never disappear. This usually happens with very small holes.
Nitrome Touchy version
Thin Ice is available as one of the games playable on Nitrome Touchy. The player will be required to tilt their smartphone to move the Eskimo. Also, to change between skating and cutting ice, a button will need to be pressed. This game was one of the ten launch titles for the Nitrome Touchy.
The controls for Thin Ice using the Nitrome Touchy app on a smartphone.
The result of a player using the Nitrome Touchy app on a smartphone to control the Eskimo on a computer monitor.
In any level with bird monsters, the smallest bird monsters can get stuck in the sides of the ice bordering the level. This is especially apparent in level 18, where there are many small bird monsters hopping around.
This glitch, while only occurring very rarely, means that the player cannot complete the level, since the Eskimo cannot draw a circle around the stuck bird monster. This also means the level must be restarted.
Present in the game's code is unused frozen text for a hyphen (-), apostrophe ('), slash (/), and full colon (:). Also present in the game is a "sound fx holder" - what apparently what seems to be an object that would fit into a level editor. The "sound fx holder" consists of the word "sound fx:", followed by a name for each sound effect.
The "sound fx holder" is possibly the only remnant of what seems to be a level editor. Also existing in the game's code is an image that has an image of text, an image present for every specified sound effect. However, although all specified sound effects have an image, not all may have an actual sound effect to go with the given image.
The unused hyphen
The unused apostrophe
The unused slash
The unused full colon
TICK. Likely refers to the ticks heard during the last ten seconds of a level.
POWERUP. Likely refers to the sound heard when getting a point granting or helpful object
HIT. Likely refers to the sound the Eskimo groans when it is damaged
SPLASH. Likely refers to the sound heard when the player or an enemy impacts the water.
ROLLOVER. Does not seem to correspond to any known sound. Interestingly, this unused image also appeared in Frost Bite, also unused.
SPLOSH. Does not seem to correspond to any known sound, however, it may have had some relation to a splashing sound.
CRACK. Likely refers to the sound heard when a hole in ice is created.
SOUND FX: POWERUP HIT CRACK SPLASH SPLOSH TICK ROLLOVER NITROME This image likely refers to a section of a level editor when sound would be assigned to each name. Notice the large space between "SPLASH" and "SPLOSH".