Ice Nine (video game)

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Ice Nine
North American box art
Developer(s)Torus Games
Publisher(s)BAM! Entertainment
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance
  • NA: February 28, 2005
  • EU: March 2005
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, four-player

Ice Nine is a first-person shooter video game for the Game Boy Advance. It was one of the final first-person shooters on the console. It was originally going to be a tie-in with the film The Recruit.[1] However, this fell through, but the plot of the game remains unchanged. There was also a planned PlayStation 2 version, but it was canceled at some point in development.[1]


From the unseen protagonist's point of view, his handgun is pointed at an enemy soldier standing about thirty feet away. He stands in a pool of water while the enemy is on a slightly elevated stone floor. The outdoor area is bordered by a wooden fence, over which trees and the overcast sky are visible. Features such as ammunition remaining, health, and lives adorn the screen, all in a stylized science fiction-esque font.
The player prepares to shoot an enemy. Ice Nine features 3D graphics, unusual for the console.

The plot of Ice Nine is similar to the film The Recruit on which it was previously based. The player takes control of the recruit Tom Carter on a mission to stop an evil plot to steal the diabolical computer virus "Ice Nine". Over the course of the game, Carter unravels a conspiracy within the CIA.


The game was intended to be a tie-in for The Recruit,[2] but the movie's commercial failure forced to change its title.[citation needed]


Ice Nine was met with lukewarm reviews. It was praised for its above-average graphics and music, but criticized for its boring level design in comparison with earlier shooters such as Ecks vs. Sever. It currently has a 44% overall average on GameRankings.[3]


  1. ^ a b IGN staff (March 10, 2004). "Ice Nine". IGN. Archived from the original on May 13, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Harris, Craig (2002-06-05). "The Recruit". IGN. Archived from the original on 2022-10-03. Retrieved 2023-08-16.
  3. ^ "Ice Nine for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on December 9, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2012.