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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:. On one episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary friends, there is a Dora parody that Eduardo watches called Lauren is Explorin'. Some of them are graphical mods, and some of them change the gameplay. It was the 79th anniversary of the parade. A few mods exist for the game. Dora the Explorer became the first Latina balloon character in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24th, 2005. The Icy Tower resource page or Icy Tower fan page offers some of them. Also, there are many action figures and playsets available in many markets.

Characters can be downloaded from the internet. However, customers in Quebec will only be able to use the French version. Icy Tower also comes with a template character, allowing fans to create their own characters, with their own graphics, sound effects, and background music. Currently Cheerios is offering free Dora the Explorer the Game CDROMs in specially marked packages. Icy Tower comes with two default characters: Harold the Homeboy and Disco Dave. In the Dutch language version, broadcast on Nickelodeon (TV channel), the bilingualism is Dutch-English. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to play with custom characters. In the Irish language version, broadcast on the Irish Language station TG4, the bilingualism is Irish-Spanish, with Dora and Boots speaking in Irish and some other characters speaking Spanish as in the original.

Note: You must have Icy Tower installed on your computer to view downloaded replays.. In the German language version, broadcast on the recently restarted German branch of Nickelodeon, the bilingualism is Anglo-German, analogously to the French and Japanese Version. 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. In the Japanese language version, broadcast on Nick Japan, the bilingualism is Anglo-Japanese, with Dora and Boots speaking Japanese and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. This gives the player the ability to provide proof of their highest scores, combos and floors. Some French episodes are available to US customers on VHS from http://www.amazon.ca. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to save replays of games. In the French language version, Dora l'exploratrice, broadcast on the private French TV channel TF1, the bilingualism is Anglo-French, with Dora and Boots speaking French and other protagonists speaking and answering in English.

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. Some Spanish episodes are available to US customers on VHS, and some DVDs have a Spanish track (including Dora's Egg Hunt). 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. In the Spanish language version, Dora la Exploradora, broadcast on the Telemundo network, Dora and Boots are speaking Spanish and other protagonists speaking and answering in English. 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 simplicity and repetitious nature of the episodes make this series especially well-suited for learning important phrases in a foreign language. Every 100 floors, the floor type (the way the floors look) changes. As with most animated series made in the US, Dora the Explorer has been dubbed into many languages all over the world.

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 show is generally in English, although it is peppered with simple Spanish phrases in an effort to give young viewers a rather limited multicultural experience. The bigger the combo, the greater the reward. Dora and her companions are the subject of numerous books and other merchandise for children. After making a combo-jump, you are given a reward as well as points. Dora the Explorer is currently still being produced. 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. While geography isn't directly taught, the concept of using a map to find one's way around is.

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. The episodes are used to demonstrate and practice skills such as decision-making, following directions, mathematics (usually counting), music, physical coordination, and Anglo-Spanish bilingualism. This alone will not gain you any great scores however. Sometimes there are also locomotives, boats and automobiles with speaking roles. You will get 10 points for each floor you reach. Additionally, the show features a number of anthropomorphic props, notably Dora's fat and ever-hungry backpack and the always-talking map. There is a clock in the upper left corner of the screen that shows how much time is left until the next speed-up. These characters can speak either Spanish or English.

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 are a number of minor, recurring animal characters such as Señor Tucan, Isa the iguana, Benny the bull, and Tico the squirrel. 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. Other recurring human characters include Dora's mother (mami), father (papi), and grandmother (abuela). Hitting walls (the sides of the tower) and immediately turning around generally maintains your character's speed. He has proved popular enough that Nickelodeon introduced a separate Diego series entitled Go, Diego, Go! in 2005. The faster it runs, the higher and longer it will jump. Diego is an intrepid young animal rescue worker and sometimes partners with Dora in her adventures.

Your character will constantly accelerate as long as it moves. Some more recently produced episodes have introduced Dora's cousin Diego, voiced by Felipe Dieppa. 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'). Swiper is voiced by Marc Weiner. The player's goal is to reach higher and higher floors without falling (i.e. Sometimes the retrieval of the item is itself the quest. The Tower consists of floors in different sizes and is of infinite height. However, if Dora and Boots fail to repeat the phrase in time, Swiper steals the item, throws it somewhere and gloats, "You're too late!" Dora and Boots must then retrieve the item so the quest can continue.

. In response, Swiper disappointedly snaps his fingers and says, "Oh, man!". 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. In order to prevent Swiper from stealing whatever item Dora and Boots are carrying at the time, Dora first asks the audience if they see Swiper, then she leads them in saying, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times. Icy Tower is a freeware video game created by Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, inspired by Xjump. He usually attempts to steal an item which is necessary for Dora and Boots to complete their quest. RamboMod - enables customization of the speed and floor sizes of the game. Swiper is a masked thief.

SolidFloor - floors are completely solid, so you can't jump on them from below. Dora's quests are often complicated by a villainous fox named Swiper. ProFloor - the floors are shorter. Boots is voiced by Harrison Chad. FastFloor - the game goes slightly (~120%) faster. He wears red boots and loves to hold Dora's hand. Dora's sidekick and best friend is Boots, a talking monkey who is 5½ years old.

Dora's name is taken from the Spanish word Exploradora, which means explorer. Dora is voiced by Kathleen Herles. At the end of each episode, Dora celebrates the completion of the quest with a song ("We Did It") and asks what the viewer's favorite obstacle or encounter was. Dora involves the other protagonists and the viewer of the show in the quest.

The location of Dora's home is also vague (however, most episodes show palm trees and mountains in the background so it is likely to be California or Mexico). In any case, Dora speaks both Spanish and English. Dora's exact national origin remains vague because no specific Latin American country is ever mentioned. Dora the Explorer tells the story of Dora Marquez, a seven-year old Latina who ventures forth on various simple but important quests.

. The series not only on Nick, but also on CBS on Saturday mornings and Noggin as well. The show was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000.

A pilot episode for this series aired in 1999. Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States.

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