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Icy Tower

Icy Tower is a freeware video game created by Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, inspired by Xjump. In the game, the player controls Harold the Homeboy whose goal is to climb the tower as high as he can by jumping up floors, and earn points while doing so.

Gameplay

Overview

The Tower consists of floors in different sizes and is of infinite height. The player's goal is to reach higher and higher floors without falling (i.e. jumping but missing a floor and falling past the bottom of the screen), as well as to keep ahead and above of the ever-faster upward scrolling of the game (explained under 'Scrolling').

Movement

Your character will constantly accelerate as long as it moves. The faster it runs, the higher and longer it will jump. Hitting walls (the sides of the tower) and immediately turning around generally maintains your character's speed.

Scrolling

As the player escalates the tower, it will start to scroll upwards slowly and the player will have to keep up in order to not fall off the screen. This is not so hard in the beginning since the scrolling is very slow, but every 30 seconds, an alarm clock will sound and the scrolling will go slightly faster. There is a clock in the upper left corner of the screen that shows how much time is left until the next speed-up.

Scoring

You will get 10 points for each floor you reach. This alone will not gain you any great scores however. To be really victorious, you will have to make cool jumps, combo-jumps, for which you will be awarded n2 points for every n floors jumped in one combo.

Players either thrive for the highest score they can achieve (by making the biggest combo they can jump), or to reach the highest floor they can.

Rewards

After making a combo-jump, you are given a reward as well as points. The bigger the combo, the greater the reward. As of 1.2, rewards are simply a flashy message along with the following words, spoken after the player has successfully finished a combo.

Floor Types

Every 100 floors, the floor type (the way the floors look) changes. As of version 1.2, there are a total of 10 floor types, type 1 being floors 0-99 and type 10 being floors 900 and above. Version 1.3 features one more floor type (called "chain-floor"), which starts off from floor 1000, and can not be unlocked or seen in lower floors.

Icy Tower features the ability to start the game with a floor type of your choice, but only after you have successfully landed on the actual floor where that particular type begins.

Replays/High Scores

Version 1.2 introduced the ability to save replays of games. This gives the player the ability to provide proof of their highest scores, combos and floors. The offspring of this ability is the global High Score List, which lists the best Icy Tower scores, combos, and floors, and allows internet users to download replays of those events.

Note: You must have Icy Tower installed on your computer to view downloaded replays.

Characters

Version 1.2 introduced the ability to play with custom characters. Icy Tower comes with two default characters: Harold the Homeboy and Disco Dave. Icy Tower also comes with a template character, allowing fans to create their own characters, with their own graphics, sound effects, and background music. Characters can be downloaded from the internet. The Icy Tower resource page or Icy Tower fan page offers some of them.

Mods

A few mods exist for the game. Some of them are graphical mods, and some of them change the gameplay. The following are gameplay mods by RamboBones, which work only for version 1.2:

  • FastFloor - the game goes slightly (~120%) faster
  • ProFloor - the floors are shorter
  • SolidFloor - floors are completely solid, so you can't jump on them from below
  • RamboMod - enables customization of the speed and floor sizes of the game

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The following are gameplay mods by RamboBones, which work only for version 1.2:. As an artist, Charles topped the Hot 100 three times in the 1960s, but always with other writers' songs. Some of them are graphical mods, and some of them change the gameplay. By reaching number-one, "Gold Digger" gave Charles his first Hot 100 chart-topper as a songwriter, credited as a result of the "I Got a Woman" sample. A few mods exist for the game. On the Pop 100, "Gold Digger" also broke a record by jumping from number 94 to number-two, giving West the record for the biggest ever jump on that chart. The Icy Tower resource page or Icy Tower fan page offers some of them. "Gold Digger" also became West's first Top 10 single on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, peaking at number-two.

Characters can be downloaded from the internet. The song spent ten weeks at the top of the Hot 100 until rising Hip-Hop/R&B star Chris Brown's hit "Run It!" shot up to the pole position for the week of November 19. Icy Tower also comes with a template character, allowing fans to create their own characters, with their own graphics, sound effects, and background music. The jump ended the fourteen-week run of Carey's "We Belong Together" at number-one, and kept Carey's "Shake It Off" from replacing "We Belong Together" as the number-one single. Icy Tower comes with two default characters: Harold the Homeboy and Disco Dave. The high digital download sales helped propel the song from number-nineteen to number-one in one week, the fifth highest jump ever to that position on the Hot 100. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to play with custom characters. "Gold Digger" has sold over 1,000,000 downloads during its seven weeks of release.

Note: You must have Icy Tower installed on your computer to view downloaded replays.. The song broke the record for the most digital downloads sold in one week, and the record for the fastest selling digital single of all time, both previously held by Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl". The offspring of this ability is the global High Score List, which lists the best Icy Tower scores, combos, and floors, and allows internet users to download replays of those events. Approximately 80,000 digital downloads of "Gold Digger" were sold through on legal music services such as iTunes and Napster in that first week, making it the most successful digital sales debut ever. This gives the player the ability to provide proof of their highest scores, combos and floors. When Late Registration was released, the album version of "Gold Digger" was first made available for download. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to save replays of games. Their concerns were unfounded as "Gold Digger" became a success, hitting number one on the Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and the Hot Rap Tracks charts.

Icy Tower features the ability to start the game with a floor type of your choice, but only after you have successfully landed on the actual floor where that particular type begins. Following the chart performance of "Diamonds from Sierra Leone", which failed to crack the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, West's label became concerned with how a follow up single would perform. Version 1.3 features one more floor type (called "chain-floor"), which starts off from floor 1000, and can not be unlocked or seen in lower floors. Foxx is also present, lip-synching both his own parts and the Ray Charles vocal sample. As of version 1.2, there are a total of 10 floor types, type 1 being floors 0-99 and type 10 being floors 900 and above. The titles of the magazines the women appear on the cover of reflect the correlating verses in the song. Every 100 floors, the floor type (the way the floors look) changes. Shot in a CinemaScope letterbox format, using stylized art direction with few props, the video features performances shots of West intercut with footage of Williams' trademark female video models depicted as "pin-up" cover models from fictional vintage magazines.

As of 1.2, rewards are simply a flashy message along with the following words, spoken after the player has successfully finished a combo. The song's music video was directed by Hype Williams, who also directed West's previous video, "Diamonds from Sierra Leone". The bigger the combo, the greater the reward. In an ironic final twist which punctuates the sarcasm inherent in the song, West points out that when that hopeful and ambitious broke man finally gets "put on", however, he is very likely to "leave your ass for a white girl.". After making a combo-jump, you are given a reward as well as points. West urges his female listeners to stick with their man, even if he is a dishwasher or cook at a fast-food restaurant, instead of going after the men with the money. Players either thrive for the highest score they can achieve (by making the biggest combo they can jump), or to reach the highest floor they can. She even lies to her man about the paternity of her child, resulting in the man supporting the child for 18 years until he discovers he is not the father.

To be really victorious, you will have to make cool jumps, combo-jumps, for which you will be awarded n2 points for every n floors jumped in one combo. "Now I ain't saying she a gold digger," West tells his audience, "but she ain't messin with no broke niggas." The woman spends money her man gives her to buy her kid's toys on liposuction and plastic surgery (West comments that the woman was "supposed to buy your shorty (child) tyco wit' your money", but instead "went to the doctor and got "lipo" wit' your money"). This alone will not gain you any great scores however. In the song, West and Foxx deliver a tongue-in-cheek criticism of a woman who falsely seduces a man under the true pretense of spending his money, playing into the stereotype of African-American young women as being gold diggers. You will get 10 points for each floor you reach. The two also worked on Foxx's latest album, and West features on Foxx's song "Extravaganza". There is a clock in the upper left corner of the screen that shows how much time is left until the next speed-up. The song is the second collaboration between Foxx and West, following "Slow Jamz" with Twista.

This is not so hard in the beginning since the scrolling is very slow, but every 30 seconds, an alarm clock will sound and the scrolling will go slightly faster. Though he is given full credit as a featured artist on "Gold Digger," Jamie Foxx's only vocal contribution is the a cappella introduction to the song, an interpolation of Charles's "I Got a Woman" (Foxx opens the song with the line "She take my money/when I'm in need/Yeah she's a trifling/friend indeed," a twist on Charles' original lyrics, "She gives me money/when I'm in need/Yeah she's a kind/of friend to me." A sample of Charles singing the original is repeated throughout the song). As the player escalates the tower, it will start to scroll upwards slowly and the player will have to keep up in order to not fall off the screen. The song is built around both a vocal interpolation and a sample of "I Got a Woman", originally performed by Ray Charles and written by Charles and Renald Charles. Hitting walls (the sides of the tower) and immediately turning around generally maintains your character's speed. "Gold Digger" was written by Kanye West, and co-produced by West and Jon Brion. The faster it runs, the higher and longer it will jump. .

Your character will constantly accelerate as long as it moves. As of December 10th 2005, "Gold Digger" was nominated for "Record of the Year" for the 2006 Grammy Awards. jumping but missing a floor and falling past the bottom of the screen), as well as to keep ahead and above of the ever-faster upward scrolling of the game (explained under 'Scrolling'). It is 2005's second-longest running #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 at 10 weeks, behind Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together". The player's goal is to reach higher and higher floors without falling (i.e. The single broke a record for the most digital downloads in a week, selling over 80,000 digital downloads, and is also the fastest selling digital download of all time. The Tower consists of floors in different sizes and is of infinite height. Based upon elements of the Ray Charles song "I Got a Woman", "Gold Digger" features Jamie Foxx, who portrayed Charles in the 2004 feature film Ray, imitating Charles' vocal style.

. The second single from West's second album, Late Registration, "Gold Digger" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming West's and Foxx's second number-one single after 2003's "Slow Jamz" with Twista. In the game, the player controls Harold the Homeboy whose goal is to climb the tower as high as he can by jumping up floors, and earn points while doing so. "Gold Digger" is a 2005 number-one single recorded by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, and released by Roc-a-Fella Records. Icy Tower is a freeware video game created by Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, inspired by Xjump. RamboMod - enables customization of the speed and floor sizes of the game.

SolidFloor - floors are completely solid, so you can't jump on them from below. ProFloor - the floors are shorter. FastFloor - the game goes slightly (~120%) faster.

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