Whack-a-Microbe: Ice one, son

"TESTS on water from a sub-Antarctic lake have shown signs of life, according to reports from the scene. Tests on water from Lake Whillans – located 2,600 feet below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – detected cells which glow green with the addition of DNA sensitive dye, according to reports."

Whack-a-Microbe: Ice One, Son™ is a fast-paced whack-a-mole game for iOS, Android, PS Vita, 3DS and Nintendo Icecube. As a scientist based at Lake Whillans in Antarctica, it's your job to bore down into the ultra-thick, ancient ice and then deal - physically - with whatever it is you discover!

The first level starts off with just one small hole to examine and document, but as you play, you'll earn more funding based on the discoveries you make. Successfully harvesting previously undiscovered microbes from the bottom of the ancient lake can earn you enough money to buy new drills to make more and deeper holes.

But that's when things get serious! Who knows what's lurking under the ice? It soon turns out microbes are the least of your worries as larger undiscovered creatures with venomous tentacles lash at you in protest at having their slumber disturbed. And then there's the problem of the local wildlife getting in on the act. Can you stop penguins and seals from venturing down into your dig site? Can you remember not to whack them on the head when they pop up somewhere else? Hilarity ensues.

With new dig sites opening up as you progress and fiendishly addictive 'just one more go' gameplay, Whack-a-Microbe: Ice One, Son™ is well worth the asking price. And it never gets boring when you're bore-ing.

Additional downloadable content includes: Tracking tags you can fire at the local fauna allowing you to see where penguins are before they appear, whether from above the sheet or from under it, the David Attenborough DLC pack providing narration from the iconic documentary-maker as you play and the BGM pack. This includes ice-based classics such as Ice, Ice, Baby by Vanilla Ice, Cold as Ice by Foreigner and Under Pressure (Ice, Ice Baby) by Vanilla Ice & Jedward.




  • shawksta - February 4, 2013 1:50 p.m.

  • JarkayColt - February 4, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Hahaha, I like how your first reaction to the discovery of new life is the impulse to go bonk it on the head. I wouldn't expect microbes to be the most trustworthy characters, either. Also, "ice one, son"...literally the best game subtitle I have ever heard!
  • PlainLikeVanilla - February 4, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    So good, please never stop.
  • mafyooz - February 4, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    More of these, less unfunny recycled memes please :)
  • KA87 - February 4, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    These articles are great. Keep up the good work. Now I actually want to whack a microbe.
  • winner2 - February 4, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    Nintendo icecube, lol'd
  • KidKatana - February 4, 2013 4:20 a.m.

    Nintendo Icecube. Oh Towelly, when is your joke factory re-opening?
  • crazyturtle363 - February 4, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    Possibly the best article I've read on here since 2006.
  • Rub3z - February 4, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    Possibly the most exaggerated comment I've read on here since Friday.

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