"Ah, the obligatory ice level: less friction, more penguins."
Cold, cold, cold
as Alaska and the Yukon put together. Thankfully, you usually
won't freeze to death.
Ice Worlds may be the Green Hill Zone
or The Lost Woods
in the wintertime or may just be a colder climate. Ice is in great abundance for your slipping and sliding
pleasure, and expect Super Drowning Skills
if you fall in the water. Even if your character can normally swim, he usually finds himself turned into an ice cube if he falls into the water of an Ice World. Ice Caves are a common variation/addition.
Enemies of an Ice World usually fall into three categories: Animals found in the Arctic or other generally cold areas (Polar Bears and Penguins
, seals, etc., plus the occasional Yeti or snowman) who are trying to kill the hero for no good reason
equipped/designed for cold weather, and "ice versions"
of enemies found in other areas.
Perfectly cubical blocks of ice are also surprisingly common, and can usually be moved to solve puzzles, or melted with fire-based attacks. Careful, as these blocks may have enemies frozen within them
Slippy Slidey Ice Worlds are also a common example of a Single-Biome Planet
. It's one of the more realistic ones, depending on how far the planet is from its sun.
The term "Slippy Slidey Ice World" was invented by the UK computer game magazine Amiga Power
to describe what they considered to be an irritating trend of making platforms slippery
just to add Fake Difficulty
. Of course, as far as this trope is concerned, it also encompasses non-slippy, but snowy, worlds.
These levels have become a staple of platforming games and it's rare to find one without an ice level. As another UK gaming magazine, NGC
, put it, "leaving out an ice level is like eating baby Jesus. Not a right thing to do". However, the first world or area of the game is almost never an ice world
Expect soft, echoey, "soothing" music which may not match the tone of the game, especially if it's an RPG. Alternately, there's a good chance (especially in older games) for ice levels to have a Christmas theme, in which case expect to hear public domain carols.
The Slippy Slidey Ice World has even been given its own "holiday" in the form of Obligatory Ice Level Day
. You'd think Christmas already counts, but 1) a minority of climates have snow and ice then as opposed to other times of year, and 2) Christmas is about a lot of things, just not ice levels.
Contrast Lethal Lava Land
and Shifting Sand Land
. If they're in the same level, you have just reached Hailfire Peaks
- Greenland Invasion, the two-level game provided with Power Game Factory, is set entirely in an Ice World, but without the Frictionless Ice.
- Diablo franchise.
- The Diablo II expansion Lord of Destruction takes place in the snowy, barbarian-inhabited wastes of Harrogath.
- Diablo III revisits the frozen north with Bastion's Keep, which is under siege by The Legions of Hell.
- The Antarctic level of Transformers Armada. A bare wasteland of ice, broken up by a few icebergs and ravines... along with a crashed icebreaker and plane, abandoned research facility (blow up the buildings to find Mini-cons) scanner droids, spider bots, and the first boss of the level being freaking Starscream.
- Part of Brutal Legend's map is the Dry Ice Fields, it's a non slippy version of this trope.
- One of the levels of Bujingai takes place on an ice mountain. You don't actually slip around, but for the first part of the level your life points are slowly drained by the demonic atmosphere and you can re-aquire them only by smashing ice cubes containing the health orbs.
- In Evolva, levels 9 and 10 fall into this.
- The ice planet of Tina in the 1987 Star Wars Licensed Game for the Famicom.
- Dark Souls has the Painted World of Ariamas, a hidden world inside a painting built to hide things that are dangerous to the Gods. The area you explore is a castle blanketed in snow.
- Shining the Holy Ark has this while you're traveling through a mountain range. The dungeon is split into the underground section and an surface section complete with Frictionless Ice. The problem being is that the surface is covered with holes that will drop the player back into the underground section near the beginning, annoying almost everybody who played the game.
- Level 4 (Arctic Caverns) of Battletoads, elements of which reappear in level 4 of Battlemaniacs and level 2 of the Arcade Game.
- The Blood of the Cybermen episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games takes place in Geological Survey Outpost Zebra Bay, a frozen base in the Arctic Circle.
- The floes and icebergs in the Arctic and Antarctic levels of Endless Ocean Blue World aren't slippery, but the water, while not instantly deadly, makes you run out of air more quickly until you apply a special insulating wax to your body.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Sector 5 - ARC from Metroid: Fusion also fits the trope. An interesting example in that—like Norfair in Metroid: Zero Mission and Magmoor Caverns in Metroid Prime—the extreme temperature actually will harm Samus if she hasn't gotten the Varia Suit prior to entering the area.
- Metroid Prime series.
- The Phendrana Drifts level of Metroid Prime qualifies. This level subverts most of the traditional ice-level conventions, with the exception of heat weapons as a great ally and the very soothing Theme Tune (well, the first section of Phendrana).
- Metroid Prime 3 has the planet Bryyo, which is mostly a volcano-ridden tropical jungle but has an icy section accessible through a special warp tunnel. However, the ice aspect of the area is purely cosmetic, and irrelevant to gameplay.
- Hunters has Arcterra, the second planet Samus visits.
- Sector 2 in Metroid: Other M. It's kind of like ARC in Fusion and Phendrana in one.
- La-Mulana has the Graveyard of the Giants. Also subverts the musical expectation in having a thick, heavy background music to it, despite being a slippery ice level.
- Ecco The Dolphin crosses this with, naturally enough, Under the Sea. It's also at about this point that the game's true Nintendo Hard nature really starts becoming apparent.
- The ice world on B5 of Light Crusader.
- The Little Mermaid has the Sea of Ice as its third level, though there are few places where Ariel gets out of the water. It's more notable for the falling ice blocks that thaw into live fish.
- Avalon Code has one that you have to go through twice over the course of the story. It's hard enough avoiding cliffs and pits the first time around, but the second time there are more of them, often in conjunction with speed-up floor tiles.
- The cursed version of the Kujara Ranch Level in Tomba! 2 is nothing but snow and ice.
- Loco Roco has Shamplin world with slippery ice. However, you'll love ice levels in that game.
- An Untitled Story features two such areas: ColdKeep and IceCastle. The former is a small area consisting of nothing but snow. The latter is a relatively massive floating glacier stuffed with heart containers.
- The very first area of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow is set in a snowy village. Little in the way of snowy level gimmicks though, except for a yeti enemy that you have to coax out with curry. In later areas inside the castle, snow can be seen on the tops of rooves, indicating that the entire castle is set in a Slippy-Slidey Ice World.
- The original Wonder Boy, as well as every Adventure Island game, has its share of ice stages, which tend to be quite frustrating.
- The Cold Storage in Luigis Mansion. The frictionless, ice covered floor makes catching Sir Weston very difficult, along with the icicles that drop from the ceiling.
- Secret Mine from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is an entire area based around this trope, rather than just one room.
- In the third Harry Potter game, the "Glacius" challenge basically consists of this, except you freeze the area yourself. And yes, you really do slide around most places, but you can also die if you fall off.
- Ōkami has the entire northern land of Kamui. Demons are trying to make it even colder, to the point of being uninhabitable.
- Ōkamiden has the Ice Room. It's basically the freezer for the imp chefs.
- The first Shantae game had Mount Pointy, an ice mountain with lots of slippery slopes that will send you a good distance back and, as its name implies, tons of insta-death icicles jutting out from the above and below.
- An unlockable stage in Soul Calibur II has ice on the floor, where the characters can slide across and easily ring themselves out. Even landing an attack would send you sliding.
- The Ice Climber-themed levels in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl.
- Donkey Kong franchise.
- There's tons in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It's a recurring theme for Sonic (and in Rush Adventure, Blaze) to be snowboarding in ice levels, like anyone with 90's 'tude.
- Rayman Origins has portions of Gourmand Land and Luscious Lakes.
- Super Mario Bros. franchise.
- World 4 in Super Mario Bros. 2, which also has Flurries that are affected by the ice like you do, slipping and sliding as they try to run across it and ram into you. When they are not on ice, they walk slower but have greater control of their movement.
- World 6 in Super Mario Bros. 3, also the longest in the entire game (ten regular levels, three Fortresses, and the Airship finale). Features include Piranha Plants that maneuver with spiky spheres, rotating platforms and ice blocks that can be melted with fireballs.
- Worlds 6-3 (single level, naturally) in Super Mario Bros. 1 and both 7-3 and C-3 in The Lost Levels. Neither have noticeable ice tropes, since they're merely done with recoloring several things white and gray. In NES Remix, World 4-1 was given the slippy-slidey effect (and look) in one of the challenges.
- Hotel Mario has Larry's Chillton Hotel, which combines this with Blackout Basement — only the floor you're currently in is illuminated, and you'd never know what's going on in the other floors until you reach it.
- The level "Awesome" in the Special Zone of Super Mario World; not only an outdoor ice level, but also the only outdoor ice level in the game. A few of the secret levels are ice caves as well.
- New Super Mario Bros.:
- Exaggerated in World 3 (Lakitu Glacier) of Mario Adventure: every surface is slippery. The weather system can also cause this to happen in other levels.
- The entirety of Ice Climber.
- Justified Trope: The Slippy Slidey Ice World is the very first level in the Amiga game Fire and Ice. Reason being, the main character defeats his enemies by freezing them and this is easier if the ambient temperature is low. Needless to say, later levels consist of deserts and lava.
- In Super Princess Peach, World 6 (Gleam Glacier) fits this trope.
- In Stinkoman 20X6, level 7 is one of these where you can freeze if you stay still for too long.
- The ice-oriented bosses (with exception of Flash Man from Mega Man 2) in Mega Man series gets a ice-themed level.
- Ice Man from Mega Man 1 hides in frozen beach-like area.
- Flash Man's stage filled this role in Mega Man 2, possessing all of the elements of this trope except the ice.
- Cossack's Citadel stage 1 in Mega Man 4.
- Blizzard Man and the beginning of the second section of Dr. Wily's castle in Mega Man 6.
- Freeze Man in Mega Man 7.
- Frost Man from Mega Man 8 resides in the snowy city of Alaska.
- Cold Man in Mega Man & Bass also hides in snowy city.
- Chill Man in Mega Man 10.
- Mega Man X series.
- Mega Man Star Force series.
- Mega Man Star Force 2 had Grizzly Peak, probably the first straight example in any of the networking Mega Man games.
- Star Force 3 had an actual ice level — a computer world whose pathways were frozen. If you took too long, you would be frozen solid.
- Iceman's stage in Mega Man Battle Network was one of the bounce puzzle variety.
- One of the water bosses in any given Mega Man Zero or Mega Man ZX games will be Ice: Blizzack Stagroff, Poler Kamrous, Chilldre Inarabitta, Fenri Lunaedge, Leganchor the Gelroid, and Bifrost the Crocoroid all have stages that are partly or entirely on ice or snow.
- The Calinca Ruins in Mega Man Legends 2. In fact, all of Calinca Island and the Forbidden Island can be seen as examples of this trope.
- In the third game of the Valis series, there is a Nintendo Hard ice level which, at one point, requires you to accurately jump onto a platform, duck to avoid the low ceiling that will push you into a Bottomless Pit, and then use a special slide maneuver to get over yet another Bottomless Pit.
- Kirby often has this as well (as any self respecting platformer series should), with Rainbow Resort from Kirby's Adventure, Ice Berg from Kirby's Dream Land 2 and 3, Shiver Star from 64 (although only the first level was heavily ice-based), Cold Course and Frozen Fantasy from Kirby: Canvas Curse, Frozen Hillside from Air Ride, Peppermint Palace from Kirby and The Amazing Mirror, Ice Island from Kirby Squeak Squad, Snow Land from Kirby's Epic Yarn, and White Wafers from Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Kirby Mass Attack adds Dedede Resort Stages 8 and 9.
- The Wario Land games almost all had this in some way, the most prominent probably being Sherbet Land from the first game.
- Pictured in the bottom-left corner of the page image is 40 Below Fridge from Wario Land 4.
- Shivering Mountains from Wario World.
- Sneezemore Cave in Wario: Master of Disguise.
- Slipshod Slopes and Freezing Fields from Wario Land Shake It.
- Yoshis Island
- Yoshis Island DS. Levels 4-5, 4-6, and 4-7 fit this trope. You can slide.
- In the original game, levels 5-1 through 5-4 also qualify. Again, you slide.
- There's an icy world in the first episode (game) of Commander Keen. Complete with ice cannons, of all things.
- Jazz Jackrabbit franchise.
- Jazz Jackrabbit has several levels with ice and low friction.
- Jazz Jackrabbit 2 also has an ice level. It's literally a cold day in Hell. Similar to the "Obligatory Water Level," this is lampshaded with a secret sign that says "All Hail The Ice Level."
- Planet Freon from Ristar.
- Freudia's stage in RosenkreuzStilette is one of these without the standard Mega Man ice physics (and more Instant Death lasers). Sichte's stage has the physics but no ice.
- Several levels of Jumper Two contain patches of ice which Ogmo can slide on (even in mid-air, after you step on ice). Sector 7 of this game takes place on a snowy Mt. Hap-Hazard, where regularly blowing wind is the most dangerous obstacle. Sector 3 of Jumper Three plays the same role (minus the wind).
- Boardin Zonenote of Aero the Acro-Bat 2. This level is notable because there are almost no Mooks to be seen (although there are plenty of other obstacles such as razor-sharp ice crystals), and the titular bat is on a snowboard for the whole thing. There are a few places with water, but thankfully you don't have to go under it (and not so thankfully, you die if you do).
- The Northpole in Jett Rocket. In addition to frozen pools, slippery ice, and breakable ice crystals, it also has cybernetic whales.
- The first level in The Wilderness in LittleBigPlanet.
- World 5 in Purple is a snow-themed world. The first two stages are like World 1 but with snowfall, while the next stages contain slippy ice surfaces and falling icicles. The last stage is appropriately an Ice Palace.
- An exception to the "snow and ice world isn't the first level or world" rule is found in Drawn to Life. It's not particularly slippery, but it is snowy. And yes, there are attacking penguins.
- Northwall in ActRaiser.
- Athena had a World of Ice, but the icy stuff was merely a Palette Swap of the World of Forest environments.
- Glacier Zone, the fifth level of Keith Courage In Alpha Zones.
- Ice Land in Impossamole. In the Turbo-Grafx 16 version, the second half has Frictionless Ice.
- The Ice Caverns of Freezia in Rick Dangerous II.
- The first level of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Zone 6 (Ice Zone) in Psycho Fox.
- Sleighbell Slopes in HarmoKnight. This world fits perfectly here, because at the very last part of this world's boss fight, Tempo's snowboard spirals out of control. (On ice, no less.)
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure has this, complete with disappearing platforms you have to jump on at the right time, and spikes that instantly kill you if you don't.
- The Taz-Mania video game for the Sega Genesis has an ice level with slippery platforms, fish as food power-ups, and a cameo by Looney Tunes character, Playboy Penguin. Taz must jump from platform to platform in order to avoid falling in the icy water, which freezes him. Thankfully, the ice is easy to break through, and only takes away a little bit of his health.
- The Game Gear version has Taz ride a tree branch like a snowboard while wearing a Santa hat on a snowy mountain, followed by a Bushrat-powered fan pushing him across icy platforms. At the end of the ice platform stage, Taz must battle Hugo the Abominable Snowman.
- "Blizzard of Balls" from The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. The Nerd sarcastically remarks, "They're really bringing out the originality, aren't they?", and later asks why the jets of flame don't melt the ice.
- Something series:
- Perilous Ice and Maze of Ice Cubes in Something. It happens to be location of one of the Switch Palaces and it's also an Auto-Scrolling Level.
- Punches on Cold Ice takes place in a frozen forest. Mario must get punched by the Punches in order to cross the many gaps in this level
- Baka Kori in Something Else. The level is a complete reference to Cirno.
- Snow Furry Temple, where Luigi is chased by a white FOE.
- In James Pond 3, the last levels are set on mountains of ice cream, with level names such as Slippery Slopes and The Melting Downs. Stuart Campbell's review of this game in Amiga Power #38 is the Trope Namer.
- Banjo-Kazooie franchise:
- Banjo-Kazooie has one and a quarter of these. Freezeezy Peak is a snowy level that refers to Christmas, and in addition to having icy slopes it has very cold water (harmful to Banjo and Kazooie unless they're transformed into a Walrus). The season-themed Click Clock Wood finishes in winter, converting The Lost Woods into a Slippy-Slidey Ice World. Both levels have the evil snowmen that cross into Goddamned Bats territory due to their skills as flak batteries
- Banjo-Tooie mixes up this trope with Lethal Lava Land, naming the trope Hailfire Peaks.
- White Glacier in Bomberman 64. The third level of White Glacier was actually called "Shiny Slippy Icy Floor."
- In the Crash Bandicoot series, Slippy Slidey Ice Worlds have appeared near-regularly since Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and again in Crash Team Racing, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Twinsanity.
- Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
- Super Mario Bros. franchise.
- Super Mario 64 has two — Cool, Cool Mountain and Snowman's Land. In the DS remake there's also a mini-snow land complete with high arctic winds. This level's name is Chief Chilly's Challenge, and it's where Wario is imprisoned.
- Super Mario Galaxy has two ice levels - one combined with a lava level as a textbook Hailfire Peaks, and the other is a mini-stage which only has snow in it.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 has the Freezy Flake Galaxy, which is the first full 'snow level' in the Galaxy series (though a brief part also has lava). There's also Shiverburn Galaxy, which once again mixes the ice setting with Lethal Lava Land.
- Super Mario 3D World has world 3, although only Snowball Park is actually snow themed in the level itself. There's also Ty-Foo Flurries in world 6.
- Rayman franchise.
- In Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko, the first level is a Christmas-themed Ice World, complete with snowboarding elves, ice statues and an evil Santa.
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy has Snowy Mountain, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, complete with ungodly amounts of snow and ice that made moving rather difficult.
- The Ratchet & Clank series has several. To Insomniac's credit, the designers found ways to make all three planets very different from each other.
- In Lego Star Wars, a game that plays like Star Wars set in a cartoony platform game world made out of LEGO bricks, Hoth is one of these, complete with a lot of sliding around on one's bum. Star Wars games were, at one time, a massively popular genre unto themselves- and every single one boasted a Hoth level, mostly because it constituted the only major ground battle of the films not prosecuted by teddy bears, bar Geonosis. See Best Level Ever for details. This became SO infamous that when the growing profusion of World War II shooters became tiresomely cliched, Penny Arcade's declaration that "Omaha Beach is the new Hoth" was scathing.
- Ape Escape could have cared less about freezing. Spike, the main character, sprints around the Ice Age wearing a T-shirt and shorts (though water is so cold that it causes him to spring up in pain rather than swim).
- There are some in the Spyro the Dragon franchise. A good portion of them have ice skating and hockey as minigames.
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg has Blizzard Castle, which also appears in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing as a pair of racetracks.
- Bug! has the Burr-ubs. An icy stage, there are surprisingly few slippery areas. Made up for by the annoying snow fleas, and platforming sections over a Bottomless Pit. The boss was an abominable snowbug.
- Parts of Crystal Caves in Donkey Kong 64.
- Stage 3-1 (Ice Valley) in ''Batman: Return of the Joker for the NES.
- Braid has World 4.
- Catherine had "The Quadrangle" level, which introduces the ice blocks.
- All the levels in Kickle Cubicle are of this type, which makes Block Puzzles more slippery.
- Every level in Velocity Raptor is one. Coupled with the effects of relativity, this can be either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you try to play.
- Chips Challenge has quite a few ice levels, but the most infamous is Doublemaze.
- Gruntz has this as the second world, named Gruntzicles.
- The Mario Kart series has Vanilla Lake from Super Mario Kart, Frapple Snowlands and Sherbet Land from 64, Snow Land from Super Circuit, a different version of Sherbet Land in Double Dash, DK Pass in DS, DK Summit in Wii, and Rosalina's Ice World in 7.
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer:
- The planet Ando Prime.
- Cubiss Float in Wipeout Fusion. Especially puzzling because both games feature hovering vehicles.
- Also in "Wipeout, there's Silverstream in the original, Sagarmatha in 2097, Sebenco Climb and Sebenco Peak in Pure and Outpost 7 in Pulse''.
- Glacier Coast in Wave Race 64.
- White Land in F-Zero.
- Supreme Commander has Luthien and Seraphim Two, Single Biome Planets covered in ice and snow - surprisingly, the latter is the homeworld of one of the three major factions. It's a Real-Time Strategy game, though, so the cold doesn't do anything. The Forged Alliance expansion adds Blue Sky for another frozen world.
- The Valley of Repose in Pikmin 2, though besides the snow the only other wintery elements are a few Christmas-themed treasures in the Frontier Cavern.
- Ancient Domains of Mystery has one near the end of the game, and it's too slippery to use spiked boots. Throw the tons of Clingy MacGuffins to get past. The gods will also reward you if you use a Potion of Uselessness for this purpose.
- Chrono Trigger has both a snowy mountain in the future setting of 2300 AD and 12,000 BC, set during the ice age.
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim most of the game's world is this.
- Super Mario Bros. RPGs
- Final Fantasy: Squaresoft/Square Enix loves this trope.
- Final Fantasy I: Ice Cavern
- Final Fantasy II: Snow Cavern, plus a frozen field in the northern section of the overworld map
- Final Fantasy VI: Narshe and the caves behind it. The snow fields outside the caves are the only place Mog can learn the dance Snowman Jazz. There's also a yeti that can join your party.
- Final Fantasy VII: There is a wintry sequence in which you had to make Cloud stop and move around to warm up his body or he'd freeze to death. There's also Icicle Inn and the Northern Region.
- Final Fantasy VIII: Trabia
- Final Fantasy IX: Lost Continent
- Final Fantasy X: Mt. Gagazet and Macalania
- Final Fantasy XII: Paramina Rift
- Final Fantasy XI: There is a zone named Uleguerand Range that features a battlefield with pricey and valuable rewards. The cost of entry? Sliding down an ice wall and landing in a very specific spot, amidst tons of sight, sound, and magic aggro from monsters. And God help you if a snowstorm starts.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2: Bresha Ruins 200AF and Vile Peaks 10AF.
- The planet Dezoris in the Phantasy Star series
- Pokemon Diamond And Pearl have Route 217, where not only can you not bike or run in the snow (even when you get to Snowpoint City), but your walking speed is reduced to almost a Shuckle's pace. And there's a blizzard going on, which makes it difficult to see and Hail during battle. Don't forget, every few steps you'll sink up to your eyeballs in a snowdrift, and have to thrash around on the control pad to get back out and resume your sluggish pace.
- Pokemon Gold And Silver have the Ice Cave, which is pretty annoying your first time through—you have a few ice puzzles, boulder puzzles (not unlike the ones on Red, Blue, and Yellow's Seafoam Islands), and Goddamned Golbat are fairly common in the dungeon.
- Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire have part of Shoal Cave.
- In Pokémon Black and White , Icirrus City and the surrounding area freeze over in the winter (otherwise the area is a Bubblegloop Swamp). There's also the Cold Storage and the city's gym.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Opelucid City and Route 9 become this temporarily.
- Frost Cavern and Snowbell City in Pokémon X and Y
- Every ice-type gym is this. Pryce in Pokémon Gold and Silver and remakes, Candice in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Brycen in Pokémon Black and White . Wulfric in Pokémon X and Y finally breaks the pattern.
- Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard, true to its season-themed strata, boasts this for its winter floors. The highest floor in the strata adds to it by making the ice too thin to cross except at night, when the temperature drops. You are also given the chance to take a nice rest on one of the floors. Bad idea. The very first paragraph of this trope description should suggest why.
- Golden Sun:
- The Lost Age has a dungeon in an antarctic region that's full of slippery ice puzzles. They could be quite a pain in the ass, seeing as how you had to solve some just for 100% completion. There was also Imil, the whole southern continent of Tundaria, and especially Prox, so far north it wasn't even on the map. Now that's cold.
- Slippery ice puzzles return in Dark Dawn with the Snowdrift Shrine.
- The World Ends with You: While "Shibuya ain't cold enough for ice," there is an ice level, not in the main game, but as one of the boards in Tin Pin Slammer. In Another Day, after you go to Molco, head to the Udagawa Back Streets and challenge Mr. Kitaniji to Tin Pin. (He won't accept your challenge before then.) The board is icy, with no obstacles, making it much easier for you to send your own pin flying off the board by your own stupid mistakes. The ice does affect the other pins, however.
- In Baten Kaitos, this trope is surprisingly absent. Even though there is an ice land, and you do tunnel through the snow, you don't slide on the ice. Maybe Xelha just got really good at walking on it.
- The continent of Glacia from Skies of Arcadia
- VideoGame.Eternal Sonata has a slight version in the Sharp Mountains. No Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors regarding the cold aspect, but there are certain paths that are sloped. You can get to the top if you keep going, but if you stop, you slide toward the bottom.
- Dragon Quest
- Dragon Quest V: Faerie Lea, although the ice in the Winter Palace isn't as slippery enough to get you to actually hit the wall, since you stop short when you move a certain number of spaces, it's still slippery.
- And a few dungeons in 'Dragon Quest VI. The first one is short, has no enemies, and is just a single room with a slippery ice floor. The second one has slippery ice, along with cracked ice patches that drop you one floor below if you step on them more than once.
- Ys II: The Ice Ridge of Noltia. Also, the Eldam Mountains in III and Oath, and the Ice Mountain in both versions of IV.
- One of Cthulhu Saves the World's bonus dungeons is an ice cave. The ice is purely aesthetic, which is rather egregious since there were ice-themed enemies in a water shrine.
- In A Witchs Tale, Hansel's kingdom is a snow-bound land. It has sections where you move the stylus and go flying in one direction, and must navigate icicle mazes.
- Mount Sabre from Crystalis is the game's typical "ice dungeon", complete with ice slides. It's possible to jump up these slopes if your character has the Rabbit Boots equipped and isn't using magic. In fact, it's required that you do this in order to reach an important Upgrade Artifact for your first sword.
- Kingdom Hearts II featured Christmas Town, accessed through a door in the Hinderlands of the Halloween Town World.
- In the Winterhorn Ridge level from Odin Sphere, you actually will freeze to death without a warming potion.
- Mass Effect 1 features Noveria, where the ice is both real and figurative, as you have to deal with a very cold reception from the corporations controlling the planet. There's also a few uncharted ice worlds that can be visited, though usually the only hazards are the cold temperature itself and reduced visibility, or the pirates, but you find those everywhere.
- Ultima Underworld II features the Ice Caverns, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Mercifully, most of the large slippery sections can be avoided entirely without missing anything worthwhile, although there's one which you do end up having to traverse.
- A few puzzles in Tales of Symphonia take place in a slippery, icy cavern. What's odd is that the low-gravity puzzles work the same way.
- Tales of Phantasia has the Cave of Fenrir located under the town of Friezkil, where Vorpal sword can be found. Alas, ice isn't slippy, but enemies do have fire weakness.
- Tales of Vesperia has the Blade Drifts of Zoephir, which is the interesting combination of Slippy Slidey Ice World and Field of Blades.
- Tales of Destiny (Playstation version) played this trope to a logical extreme in one level. You had to buy the fur cape accessory to travel in order to travel across a bitter cold pathway that will drop your HP horrendously fast without the aforementioned fur capes.
- The Snowy Mountain and the Tundra in Monster Hunter 2 and 3, respectively. In this case, there are no slippy grounds or dense snowy terrains, but rather there's the very cold temperature which will gradually deplete the dash meter of the player. Drinking a hot beverage will prevent this.
- Lands of Lore 2 has The Claw Mountains, which feature thin, slippery ice bridges, snowy variants of the cat creatures encountered earlier in the game, and a ride on an ice flow or two along a freezing river.
Shoot 'em Up
- City of Heroes
- One of the most popular missions, "Arrest Frostfire" features an ice-covered room that includes ice-slides and a ice half-pipe. Seldom does a team of player characters enter this room without someone deciding to take a couple of minutes to play on the ice.
- During the Winter Event of City of Heroes, the Ski Chalet appears in Pocket D, an snow-covered mountain floating in a void with a wooden shack on top and ski slopes, complete with Badges for beating the best ski times. A unique instanced map only found in this event turns Croatoa snowy.
- World of Warcraft has Winterspring aswell as Dun Morogh, home of the dwarves. Northrend has plenty of icy areas (Including the lifeless Icecrown Glacier,) but it has quite a few exceptions to keep it from being a Slippy Slidey Ice Continent. There's also Frostfire Ridge in the Warlords of Draenor Expansion.
- On RuneScape, the 2008 Christmas event had patches of ice that you could only slide on until you bumped into a rock. So irritating. And again in 2010, although that time the player was a seal trying to avoid holes in the ice. Outside of Christmas events there's the frozen floors of the Dungeoneering skill, which are as advertised, including a room where the player has to slide around trying to activate four pressure pads to open a door, and a boss that is floating over an icy floor that players can only slide on. There are also two icy plateaux on the surface which continually drain a player's stats and deal damage as they remain in there.
- The various areas of the Shiverpeak Mountains in Guild Wars combine this with Death Mountain. Of course, even the lady Elementalists, whose preferred attire is a bra, miniskirt, and a lot of lace, have no trouble with the cold. One mission does make note of the weather in such an environment, however-the mission is set in the midst of a night-time blizzard, and the party is tasked with lighting a series of signal fires for the NPC's following behind them.
- Achaea's weather system occasionally produces blizzards, which leave players stumbling around blindly until the snow eases off. However, the snow seems to melt instantly on hitting the ground, and so does not actually create an Ice World afterwards.
- The Brrrrrgh from Toontown Online. Luckily, snow and ice don't affect gameplay unless you count fishing.
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 64, Assault, and Command have Fichina.
- Star Fox Adventures has two cold areas: SnowHorn Wastes and part of DarkIce Mines. There's not a lot of slipperiness in the former (although the Krazoa Shrine accessible from there does have a slippery floor), but they do have places where ice blocks your way, and the water eats away at your health as long as you stay in it. The latter also has a big lava zone, thus it's also a Hailfire Peaks level.
- The ice stages in Gradius II, III Arcade, and Gaiden.
- The third stage of Robo Aleste. Though the hero worries that the cold could freeze the joints of his Humongous Mecha, it plays like every other stage.
- Frigistan in Heavy Weapon, the first stage. Yetis may sometimes appear in the background.
- Star Parodier has Scene 4, where the enemies range from snowflakes to walruses.
- The Tibetan levels in Uncharted 2 fit this trope nicely, complete with Yeti type enemies.
- TauVolantis from Dead Space 3. Most of the necromorphs you fight are wearing parkas.
- The mountains of My Sims Agents have lots of snow and ice, but none of it affects gameplay.
- Like most level tropes, this can be made in RollerCoaster Tycoon.
- One of the many possible terrain types where you can found a settlement in Dwarf Fortress, and good for a moderate Self-Imposed Challenge because the water sources are usually frozen over.
Wide Open Sandbox
- The Wii Fit Advanced Obstacle Course is covered in ice, which makes it hard for your Mii to stop, and can send them careening off the edge of a platform or into something that will smack them silly.
Non-video game examples
- One of many biomes in Minecraft is an ice biome where snow falls at any elevation and water freezes over. If you're lucky, you can also find majestic ice spires made of unique packed ice that can't be acquired anywhere else. Snow can also be found at high altitudes in extreme hills.
- Disney's Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World
- Brawl in the Family sets this trope to MUSIC! in strip 388, properly named "Ice World".
- The Fourth sees this stage through the eyes of the villain as a dungeon to hide a Plot Coupon. It has every puzzle a classic ice stage should have, and is clearly That One Level. So much, in fact, when the (virtuous and patient) hero meets the person who made the level in a peaceful situation, he tries to strangle him.
- Roy and Valerie pass through a landscape like this during the montage in Journey of the Cartoon Man.
- Polaris in Noob, where not moving for too long can get one frozen solid.