2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge

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2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge
2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge
Windows cover art
Developer(s) Midway
Avalanche Software (PS version)
Publisher(s) Midway Home Entertainment
GT Interactive Software
Platform(s) Arcade Game, PlayStation, PC
Release date(s) Arcade
  • NA November 1995
  • NA December 13, 1996
Microsoft Windows
  • NA August 31, 1997
Genre(s) Ice hockey
Mode(s) Up to 4 players
Cabinet Horizontal
Arcade system Midway Wolf Unit hardware
CPU TMS34010
Sound ADSP2105, DMA-driven
Display Raster, 400 x 254 pixels, 32768 colors

2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge is an ice hockey arcade game released by Midway in 1995.[1] It was ported to PlayStation in 1996. The game would be similar to its arcade counterpart with exception to the fact that the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix after the conclusion of the 1995-96 season, thus the Phoenix Coyotes replaced the Jets in the PlayStation port. In addition, much of the team's roster was changed, including its goalie, Tim Cheveldae being replaced by Nikolai Khabibulin, therefore Cheveldae was unable to be a goalie playing for any team in the PlayStation version. Open Ice was released on PC (Windows) in 1997 featuring the same roster and teams as the PlayStation version. This game is an official licensed product of the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association).

Jack Haeger was lead game designer and an avid hockey player. The lead programmer was Mark Penacho, assisted by Bill Dabelstein. Sound design and music by Jon Hey. The skating sounds were recorded by Jon Hey at the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink, McFetridge Sports Center, which is just a block North of what was once Midway's Chicago studios. The announcer in the game is the famous voice of the Chicago Blackhawks Pat Foley. If a team achieves "On-Fire" status (made famous initially by Midway's NBA Jam), Pat Foley's voice will occasionally announce: "Toasty", a reference to Mortal Kombat.


Review scores
Publication Score
PSM 3/10[2]

The PlayStation version was poorly received, with the Official UK PlayStation Magazine saying that players should "avoid the game at all costs".

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  1. ^ Killer List of Video Games http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=6774
  2. ^ Official PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 29, January 1998