Ice Lakes is a modern ice fishing simulator with different single and multiplayer game modes and sandbox approach to wintertime fishing. Use and customize wide selection of fishing gear and learn how changing season, bottom topology, time of day and weather conditions affects fish behavior.
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June 14

Ice Lakes Anniversary Update



The Anniversary Update is finally out! This time we wanted to do something crazy. It is a birthday update after all ;)

Let's check out what the latest update has to offer.

Two New Maps
Tropical Freeze is the first new map. In this map players are thrown into sunny paradise islands where, because of drastic climate change phenomenon, a sudden cold atmosphere has frozen all waters. The fishermen around the world are gathering to experience ice fishing in the tropical paradise. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to go ice fishing in the middle of calmly waving palm trees.

Polar Storm, on the other hand, is from the other end of the spectrum. This map is located to polar region, where the bravest fishermen are exercising their passion on small ice rafts. There might be occasional nuclear submarine you might encounter as well.

New Fish
Barracuda is the new beast that can be caught in the waters of Ice Lakes. More precisely this is a special species that can be only found in the waters of the two new maps. Barracudas are fierce predators and they can be found almost from all depths. This will also take the position of the biggest fish that can be caught in the game.

Night-Time Fishing
Welcome to the dark side! Night has come to Ice Lakes. This is a completely new mode you can select from the map selection menu. Night mode is a "hard" difficulty setting. This means that in general it is harder to catch fish at nighttime. However, some species are more active during night, like burbot for example.

Other
In addition to new content there are also a ton of improvements to the base game. We added the ability to toggle the fishing rod by pressing 'g' key on your keyboard. This way it is no more necessary to hold the mouse button pressed when moving the rod.

Couple of bugs we received feedback are also fixed. The possibility to sell your fish in endless loop in multiplayer is now fixed, as well as the bug when detecting Rift system while starting the VR version on Oculus.

Thanks to the power of our community, we also added Korean to localized languages.

Finally we have started updating all of the sound effects in the game. The first new sounds are already in this update and more will follow in the upcoming updates.
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April 19

Ice Lakes Anniversary




Ice Lakes was released exactly one year ago, April 19th. The past year has been awesome and a big thanks belongs to the community who have played the game, who have given lots of constructive feedback and suggestions how to improve the game, to those who have made videos and streams to all social channels and finally to all others who have been involved in the Ice Lakes community. It has been a privilege to see how much joy our game has given to so many people. Thank you!

Year of Ice Lakes
During the past year the game has evolved in many ways. Almost each update have included new content or feature that have expanded the game. Five new maps, new jig types, almost ten new fish species and fish fights are some of the most distinguishable features that were added in the content updates to mention a few.

Then another major feature we added was a full VR support for VIVE and Oculus Touch. This was not a small task, because it required rethinking game mechanics to work with the VR controllers. It also required rebuilding big parts of the game and remaking the graphics to work with the VR. We are very happy that adding VR version to the game has increased the dedicated playerbase. Furthermore, VR also made the game available to completely new audiences. For example, the game is now playable in multiple VR arcades around the world so that people without access to VR or even frozen lakes can go and experience ice fishing.

Update Announcement
Even though we have new projects in development, we want to improve and expand Ice Lakes further. We have a new updates coming in the future and now let us introduce some of the features we are going to release this year. First there will be some smaller updates that will take care of some of the minor issues and bugs that have been found from the game. After that we have a bigger new content update coming, which will be something little bit different.

Even though winter never ends in Ice Lakes, we thought that something different (and little bit crazy) might cheer up the dark winter theme in the game. Two new maps that are currently coming to the game are Tropical Freeze and Polar Storm (names may change).

In Tropical Freeze players are thrown into sunny paradise islands where, because of drastic climate change phenomenon, a sudden cold atmosphere has frozen all waters. The fishermen around the world are gathering to experience ice fishing in the tropical paradise. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to go ice fishing in the middle of calmly waving palm trees.

Polar Storm, on the other hand, is from the other end of the spectrum. This map is located to polar region, where the bravest fishermen are exercising their passion on small ice rafts. There might be occasional whales and nuclear submarines you might encounter as well.

When there are new environments, there will be new fish. New fish species will be added to new environments, but maybe also to the old ones.

VR fish fights will be improved. Currently the VR fish fighting is not as complex as in the standard version of the game. We are trying to make it similar to the standard version without handicapping the gameplay.

Night mode is also one big feature we have been thinking. Fishing during nighttime is not as easy in real life and usually you get even less fish than during other times of the day. It would be a hardcore mode so to speak.Therefore this should also be the hardest difficulty in the game. This would affect also the old levels and the entire appearance of the game.

These are couple of things we have in store for the future of the game. Give us a feedback what you think and keep on fishing!

With these notes we end this announcement and congratulate our one year old game that we are very proud of. Happy birthday Ice Lakes!
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Reviews

“There is a f***ing bear. It looks f***ing hilarious.”
TotalBiscuit

“I am not a fan of fishing but I found Ice Lakes to be a wonderful experience”
10/10 – GameGrin

“Ice Lakes is a must have for every fisherman”
4/5 – Dome

About This Game

Ice Lakes is an ultimate ice fishing game with a sandbox approach to wintertime fishing. Rare subject, stunning graphics, realistic physics, fish behavior system, wide selection of fishing gear, single and multiplayer with different game modes in the various locations around the world, changing season, day time and weather conditions that also affect fish behavior makes Ice Lakes the ultimate ice fishing simulator. What makes this a unique fishing game are features like fish fights, VR support, fishing locations and species around the world, which no other ice fishing game has! The game can be played both with or without VR system.

Game Features

  • Single player
  • Multiplayer up to 32 players (Online and LAN)
  • Dedicated servers (alpha version)
  • 29 fish species
  • 17 open world maps
  • 17 competition modes
  • 16 tournaments
  • Fish fights
  • Extensive statistics about everything
  • Character customization
  • Rod movement. Lure the fish to take a bait by rod movement
  • Changing weather and time of day
  • Change of seasons (fall, winter, spring)
  • Fish behavior engine. A fish AI and swarm system controlling each species
  • Fishing equipment. Learn and master the use of dozens of jigs, rods, augers, baits and lures
  • Online leaderboards
  • VR Support

Game Description


In this game players can roam freely in the beautiful open world maps and explore river, pond and lake locations in diverse environments. Dare to go deeper into the wild where no fisherman has gone before and find the biggest catches. All maps are playable both in single player and multiplayer modes.

Finding the best fishing spots by learning the depth maps and bottom topology of each location is fun, but requires patience and dedication. Nothing wins the expectation of finding the best location or catching the biggest fish from each lake.

The real excitement starts when it is time to throw fishing lines into the water and start fishing! The right equipment for right conditions are as essential as is mastering the location. The realistic fish behavior system, fish AI and fish swarms for almost 30 fish species makes this game a lifelike fishing experience. Fishing gear can be chosen from a wide selection of different jigs, rods, augers and baits. A perfect combination of equipment for different species depends on the season, but especially weather and daytime conditions. Controlling a rod and a jig in the water in a right way and at the right depth in Ice Lakes is a skill of its own. Rod and jig physics guarantees that fish react authentically to player's actions.

Fishing independently without time limits or competitors makes Ice Lakes a relaxing game to play and tune your fishing skills in the comfort of your home. On the other hand, lengthy tournaments and very customizable single competitions will test the player's skills and knowledge, but will reward them with new equipment and limitless fame.

Future development

After the release the development of Ice Lakes will continue and is improved based on the wishes of the community. Moreover, the game will get free content updates including more maps, game modes, fish species, equipment and more.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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