72: Ice Hockey

Genre: Hockey

Developer: Pax Softnica; Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Year: 1988

Basic Idea:  Play in a sandlot league that has some anorexic and morbidly obese members.

Review: Nearly everyone who has played the NES has played this game, as its easily accessible and pretty hilarious.  I feel it’s overrated, but still the second best hockey title for the system.  For those uninitiated, the game is pretty basic hockey with decent play-control.  The hilarious part is that you get to select the weight of your players.  The skinny guys are extremely fast but fragile and weak shooters.  The fat guys are powerful, but move like turtles.  The medium guys are somewhere in between, naturally.  There actually is a strategy in picking your team, so it does provide some variety.  It’s also tempting to try to pick a fight, as a bench-clearing brawl might happen.

Not exactly great hockey, and very boring against the computer, but it’s a pretty fun game against a human opponent.

2 thoughts on “72: Ice Hockey”

  1. Yay! I played this a lot. I always picked a team full of anorexics, and always won. It’s a distant second-best hockey game, obviously, but worthy, and super funny.

  2. I felt that this game’s creation was due to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s achievement. And that is how I played it back in the day. I nearly always chose to use the U.S.A. team and battled it out. I didn’t like that the only way to increase the difficulty was to increase the speed of the game. It felt a bit cheap, but better than nothing (considering the software development ability of most Nintendo authorized developers).

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