Cold Storage is a game about a yeti trapped in what appears to be some sort of frozen larder for an enormous beast. Eager to escape the gruesome fate that has befallen others of his kind, he must use conveniently placed bars and poles to spin and launch himself, with an arcade-y display of timing and reflexes, through sixteen levels to the exit.
The yeti can be controlled both on the ground and in the air with [WASD] or the [arrow] keys. Once you hit a pole, you'll immediately latch on and start swinging. Press the [up] key at just the right moment and you'll launch high into the air, hopefully enough to reach the next pole. Of course, this being a Nitrome game, it's not going to be that easy. There are obstacles and enemies blocking your way, and frozen creatures to save should you feel particularly benevolent (or just want a high score). Fortunately, to overcome these hurdles, you're given a variety of poles that will affect you in different ways. Some poles are slippery, meaning you'll slide off if you don't hurry; others will give you a boost that will let you kill the bad guys and break certain rocks on your way up. Make it to the top and you'll have the chance to try again, through 16 levels of ascending difficulty.
Analysis: With Cold Storage, Nitrome has managed to live up to all expectations, both in presentation and playability. The graphics are exactly what we've come to expect from Nitrome, and the gameplay is as smooth as it is engaging. The timing and reflexes needed for this will be a discouragement for some, but there's no time limit, so even if you fall back to the bottom there's no penalty for having to start over again. And fall you will! Many, many times. But of course you have to expect that; nobody ever accused yetis of being excessively acrobatic.
Although the game is a bit short at only 16 levels, this is made up for by the sheer length of each level. The downside to that, of course, is that you have fewer stopping points to be able to return to at another time. But chances are you'll be so hooked that you're not going anywhere until you've finished the game. As frustrating as it is fun, Nitrome has once again delivered an excellent diversion from the real world.