by David Do
Using food to reveal
the location of near-perfectly camouflaged killer polar bears, a player
must navigate across a blizzard-shrouded map as quickly as possible
and before he/she freezes to death.
- Background Story
In a post-apocalyptic
future, global warming caused the polar ice caps to melt, rising the
oceans and subsequently flooding the world. Eventually, the earth entered
a cooling phase and the oceans iced over, leaving the earth a frozen
wasteland. In the wake of this cataclysm, the once-endangered polar
bears found the perfect opportunity to launch an assault on remnants
of the human race.
That is where you come
in. You are stranded on the surface, left to pit your wits and will
against the bitter cold and the ravenous, vengeful polar bears that
inhabit it. You are no super-soldier. You are no savior. Your mission:
The player navigates
with the arrow keys and uses spacebar to throw food. Another button
is assigned to open up the pause/options menu.
All controls can be
configured in the options menu.
- Single Player
From the menu, the
player is able to view his/her top scores and times as well as adjust
options. Before a game can begin, the player chooses a map and a difficulty
setting, both of which adjust the number of hazards and availability
of power ups that will occur in a level.
- Polar bears
– when the player makes contact with one, it is an instant game over
- Fires –
used to regain body heat; they burn out after a set period of time;
larger fires regain more heat and smaller fires regain less heat
- Food –
replenishes the food supply by up to three
The game is played
from an isometric top-down view. The player starts on one end of the
map and must make his/her way to the exit, which will be clearly marked.
The map is grid-based, and each step a character takes moves him/her
one square in that direction. The player’s HUD consists of an icon
representing how much food he has left to throw and a bar that represents
body heat. The bar for heat is constantly depleting as the game progresses
and can only be recovered when the player stands next to a fire. The
player starts out with five pieces of food.
There are several well-camouflaged
polar bears scattered across the map. The polar bears can only be seen
when they move; they leave footprints in their wake. The footprints
are wiped away by the blizzard after a set time. They move sporadically,
but they can also be motivated to move when food is thrown. Food has
a set radius of attraction; they will lead up to eights polar bears
around a single piece of food. The player hits spacebar to throw food,
and uses the arrow keys to decide in what direction and how far he/she
throws the food (1-4 spaces).
The game is won when
a player reaches the end of the map and the game is over when the player
is either eaten by a polar bear or the heat meter runs out (the player
froze to death). Record times are saved and can be viewed from the main