Tomorrow! Tomorrow’s the big marathon! Oh I can’t wait! For any newcomers: Welcome to The Speed Gamers! You’ll be in for a great show. I hope you can help out Ally’s House by donating or by promoting the marathon. Either way, thanks!And if you’re new: This is part of the Obligatory Ice Level Day celebration. All month long I’ve been posting about famous ice levels. Why not visit the OILD page and download the official soundtrack? It’s got great ice remixes by some super-talented musicians! You can also find a link back to all the previous OILD posts and see all the other wallpapers. This goes on until December 25, so there’s still a lot to talk about!
Today’s Obligatory Ice Level Day obligatory ice level is a tricky one. It’s Ice Forest, from Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts!
Yep, Ice Forest. The Ghosts n’ Goblins series is notoriously difficult, so some people never reach this level. I certainly can’t: BIG THANK YOUS go to my brother for capturing these shots for me, as he’s run through the game hundreds of times.
Arthur ended up in the Ice Forest after fighting his way through some demonic intestines. This stage doesn’t have slippery floors, but it does have blizzards. And spikes. And bottomless pits. The earlier volcanic level had a giant cat-like monster called Fire Woo, but this level is home to the ice-breathing (regular) Woo. After fighting through a small army of Woos, Arthur had to dodge some freaky ice vines that grew right out of the snow. Right after that lies a cave made entirely out of ice, which is full of ravenous wolf-devils. The cave leads to the top of a huge icy mountain range. Here things get a bit weird, because avalanches fall in short bursts. You have to dodge these, because otherwise they’ll push you back a ways. Oddly enough this is one of the few things in the game that doesn’t kill you in a single hit. The same goes for the boss, a giant frost demon. When Arthur reaches it, its frozen legs instantly shatter, leaving the upper body to float around. This is actually one of the easier bosses in the game; it’s main attack merely freezes you instead of destroying you. After a chilly battle, Arthur can be granted access to the evil Sardius’ castle.
And today’s wallpaper! My brother said I was obligated to work longer on this one. Get the full version here!
Aaaand music! Ice Forest is the theme of the stage! It’s one of the best songs in the game, in my oh so humble opinion.
And a remix! Ice Mountain Symphony is a remix of Ice Forest, by McVaffe! It’s a really old mix but very awesome. You definitely need to hear it!
And while you’re at it, why not visit the homepages of the artists involved in the OILD soundtrack? Posu Yan, Joshua Morse, and Select Start are very talented and very nice, so show them some love!