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Ice Tower is an recurring enemy character in the Bomberman series. It is an ice monster that appears in snowy areas.

Ice Tower moves at a normal pace and tends to stay in a certain part of the map. When it dives underground, it is invulnerable and can move around.[1] Periodically, it will rise up and remain on one tilespace for a while before diving back into the ground and repeating the process. While it is above ground, if a player lines up horizontally or vertically with it, it will spit out concentrated cold air, which appears as a star and flies in the player's direction.[2] The cold star will damage player on collision, but it can be stopped by bombs and other obstacles. Ice Tower will spit at a player even if there are obstacles between it and the player. If a player remains in its line of sight after it has already spat, it will not spit again.

It only takes one bomb blast to destroy the Ice Tower, but upon defeat it will break up into four small Ice Towers, known as Ice Tower Jr.'s, which move about quickly and aimlessly. Each of these also takes one hit to destroy. Both the Ice Tower and Ice Tower Jr.'s will damage players on collision.

In Bomberman Tournament, Ice Tower's movement pattern is similar to that of its previous incarnation.[3] shoots a bolt of ice instead of a star, and it can only shoot once before returning underground again. In addition to damaging the player, the ice shot also freezes bombs on contact. Frozen bombs can be kicked or detonated by other bombs, but are otherwise dormant. Ice Tower Jr.'s only move at a normal pace in this game. If an Ice Tower has been blasted and there are Ice Tower Jr.'s remaining while the player moves to a different screen, the Ice Tower will still not respawn if the player returns to the screen that it appeared on.

Trivia

This enemy first appeared in an earlier Hudson Soft game, Neutopia II.

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References

  1. Super Bomberman 3 Hudson Soft Guidebook, pg. 41
  2. Super Bomberman 3 Japanese manual, pg. 20
  3. Bomberman Story Official Guidebook, pg. 50

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