Rupert and the Ice Castle
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|Rupert and the Ice Castle|
Box art for the Commodore 64 version
Rupert and the Ice Castle is a computer and video game developed and published by Quicksilva in 1986. It was developed for the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. The game is based on Rupert Bear, a British cartoon and comics strip character created in 1920 by artist Mary Tourtel.
In this platform arcade game the player takes the role of Rupert Bear. Rupert's friends Bingo, Edward Trunk, Algy and Badger Bill have been all frozen by Jack Frost's (one of the characters of the story) evil sister, Jenny; while they were visiting Jack at the Ice Castle. Rupert has a number of magic ice pills which will revive his friends. He must find and give each of them an ice pill in order to set them back to Nutwood (the town were they come from). However Jenny has set some traps for Rupert, like: falling icicles, slippery skates, jack-in-a-boxes, snowmen and different uncontrolled toys. Each time Rupert is hit by a toy he will lose one ice pill. If he is left with no pills he will freeze himself.
There are three levels of play and each scene within those levels presents Rupert with a different number of problems. In the third level Rupert will find warm clothes scattered around the Ice Castle, which will help him keep warm as he searches for his friends.
The character can run, jump, duck to avoid snowballs and slide along ice patches.