Black Ice is a Hack and Shoot – a Cyberpunk First-Person Shooter / Hack & Slash RPG about hacking. Think Borderlands meets Tron. The cyber-world is procedurally generated, the colors are neon, the loot is randomized, and the lasers are loud. Black Ice is currently in Beta, with updates on the way.
User reviews: Very Positive (194 reviews) - 98% of the 194 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Face it - you want Black Ice in your hands as soon as possible, and I need feedback to improve the game and money to pay my contributors. I've priced the game so that it's a good deal now, ask your friends - or play the demo!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I honestly don't know how long it will take me to get to a 1.0 version, but I am constantly releasing free content updates and I plan to do so for the foreseeable future.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Planned features include plot, quests, specialization options, melee weapons, item trading in multiplayer and of course Moar Enemies! Moar Weapons! Moar Abilities! Moar Explosions!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Black Ice is a functionally complete game with dozens of hours of gameplay and high replay value. Already implemented features include online multiplayer co-op, offline single player, item & ability modding, achievements, billions of items, and some very deadly enemies. (THIS ISN'T EVEN MY FINAL FORM)”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will slowly increase in price up to the full version price of $20 as I add more features. This way, the game will always be a good deal and I'm not punishing people for buying early.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I love hearing feedback and suggestions from my community. You can even see my public to-do list and vote and comment on your favorite potential features!”
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August 16

Black Ice Patch 0.7.002: Bugs Crushed!

Alright! It's been a little over a week since I released the giant 0.7 patch and showed off the game at RTX, and a few of you have reported some bugs. So I took this week and focused entirely on fixing bugs! Here's what I got done.

  • Steam Achievements are working again! Your achievements from the demo should transfer over to the full version
  • Slowing projectiles no longer cause enemies to rocket off into space
  • Minion items can no longer have a minimum damage which is higher than their maximum damage
  • Homing projectiles no longer track friendly minions
  • Spider Mines no longer corrupt saves
  • Visual quality settings now load on startup
  • The Ice debuff goes away faster
  • Minions are now colored white properly
  • Mines now color properly (so you can tell friend's from foes'!)
  • Enemies no longer set off each other's mines when in the same faction
  • The extremely rare random framerate losses should no longer occur. If you see issues like this, please delete and redownload the game (you can copy your saves out first, but the Cloud Saves should re-download them). Apparently Steam doesn't update the game properly.

  • Shops now restock every 5 minutes instead of every 1
  • While in full screen, the game no longer darkens other windows (good for streaming!)
  • The quality settings are now numbered from worst to best (0-5, 5 being best)

That's all for this week! Thank y'all for supporting the game.

Happy Hacking! ːwebcrawlerː

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August 11

Black Ice Trading Cards Now Available!

Let's not get too corporate here: you know what Steam Trading Cards are, you know they unlock emoticons and profile backgrounds. What you don't know his how freaking sweet James' artwork is, so here it is below!

Also! Here are all six collectible emoticons: ːwebcrawlerːːscorporationːːgitsfishːːcybersharkːːaimbotːːKappaː

My favorite is the webcrawler, but I know a lot of people are excited about the GITSfish and the Kappa.

You can also earn these badges to show off your leet hacking skills on your profile.
- Level 1 - Script Kiddie
- Level 2 - N00b Hacker
- Level 3 - Freelance Decker
- Level 4 - Digital Infiltrator
- Level 5 - Console Cowboy
- Foil - 1337

Below: All the gorgeous trading card and background art ːscorporationː

And now for backgrounds!



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Shadow of Finality:

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“It tickles your cyberfancy.”
Alice O'Connor, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Sometimes, you just need to shoot lasers at neon spiders.”
Chris Priestman, Warp Door

“You don’t get much more user-friendly than that. It's worth every penny.”
Bonnie Burgette, Indie Game Mag

About This Game

Black Ice is a Hack and Shoot – a Cyberpunk First-Person Shooter / Hack & Slash RPG about hacking. Think Borderlands meets Tron. The cyber-world is procedurally generated, the colors are neon, the loot is randomized, and the lasers are loud. Black Ice is currently in Beta, with updates on the way.


  • Fast-paced First Person Combat
  • Billions of randomly generated items - Railguns! Rocket shotguns! Jetpacks!
  • Seamless 10-player online multiplayer - PVE and PVP!
  • A shiny, procedurally-generated neon world
  • Extremely open development
  • A wonderful original soundtrack (On Sale Here!) by epic composer V-Axys
  • Award-winning, addictive gameplay with high replay value
  • Mod Support
  • Photosensitive Mode

The Promise:

  • Every update for free
  • Zero microtransactions. This game will only ever cost you money once
  • Zero DRM
  • No copyright takedowns on Let's Play videos
  • Bug fixes will always be high priority


Black Ice is only this cheap for a limited time! This is an early access price, the cost will increase as more features are added. Black Ice will sell for $20 at launch. Additional updates will continue post-launch and for the foreseeable future.

I hope you're not afraid of spiders.


You can contact the developer either here on the forums, via email (, or on Twitter

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or SteamOS
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8800GTX
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024x768 minimum resolution
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
Seizures and guns.
(EDIT) Decided to change this into an actual review.
It's a shooter with a lot of colours and it gets quite hectic later on. It's rather hard to make a review on this (for me at least, I'm not good at this stuff) because it's very simple. So, you start off and you get a goal right there for you. It's definitely very straightforward in that sense. I'm trying my best to stretch this out, so I'll run down this. It has a lot of different weapons that you can choose from, and the particle effects from some of them are really awesome. The game is awesome, and is still getting improved.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Early Access Review
this is a must have for systemshock (one) and system protocol one fans , another 3d virtual shooter CALLED : "Black Ice"

i hope you get it...............
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Early Access Review
It's good. There's a free demo. That's all you need to know.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
373.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Early Access Review
I'm something of a gameplay purist & this is one of the purest a gaming experiences I've ever had. It's probably the only truly 3D FPS game out here, where you're forced by the design to watch your six at all times. It makes for one heck of an experience; an excellent throwback to adrenaline-spiking 80s arcade games like Robotron. Only thing missing is a big neon score-counter at the top center that whizzes off digits as you rack up kills.

When the hacking starts, you'd better move like you're on fire or you'll find yourself staring at the gameover menu faster than an AIMbot beam. My ADHD levels are pretty steep, which means I get bored quickly if I'm not constantly reminded of why I need to not be daydreaming. Black Ice is like chess on speed. The line between stimulus and response becomes so blurred so as to be nonexistent: how am I gonna get that rare item over there without breaking the hack? I could probably make it if I just slot a teleport mod and -- OH ♥♥♥♥ THERE'S A DOZEN SPIDERS RIGHT BEHIND ME (and while you're whipping around to take care of this turn of events WHAM, you're rammed right outta the ring by like, 3 taRAMtulas who spawned while you were debating your next move 3 seconds ago).

The only break you get is when you ain't hacking. Otherwise there isn't a single moment where you're not fighting for your life with angry, colorful threats coming from every direction. If you hack more than one server the game will approach hyperactive levels of frantic panic faster than you can figure out which minion to spawn. With all the bright colors, pixel explosions, and naturally intimidating sharp objects, it gets pretty freakin' intense. Add to it the slick, hallucinogenic, in-your-face minimalistic style interface that puts in you in a whole 'nother kind of space and you have an experience that sucks you in from the moment you hack the first spam server. Also, the dynamic BGM is all kinds of radical, pumping out infectious tunes that get'n your head and stay there.

I'm a rediculously jaded old-school gamer. I can tell whether I'll like a game before I'm even done with the training level. But I've been following this game for more than a year now and I always find myself playing it for much longer than I'd planned. It's truly a Game in every sense of the word; a unique design that's as simple as it is effective. There's literally nothing but a reticle between you and cyberspace (which may soon be aimed by a powerglove), so it's hard not to get sucked into this abstract realm for minutes, nay, hours on end.

Final rating: 5/5. Note: This review is of the *single player* experience only.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Early Access Review
The community may seem small at first, okay, it is, however, the community is really nice, and very interactive. The developer hosts a community stream every Monday (sometimes Tuesdays, when things don't go to plan) and we talk about whatever. We discuss things within Black Ice, things going on with our lives, and more. +1 for interactive developer.

The game is very detailed, maybe not visually, as it's mainly just low poly meshes and such, but the loot system and statistic area of the game is unbelievable. There are so many combinations, for every item there is bound to be 1,000,000 copies of that item, with different and unique stats.

Multiplayer could be worked on, as sometimes it can get quite laggy, fps and internet wise.

But overall, Black Ice is a fantastic game.
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