Although it looks like an adventure game and has some rudimentary action sequences, Ico is mostly about solving puzzles. Players will run, jump, and climb their way through the gargantuan castle as well as figure out which objects and environments are interactive. Yorda is very much a damsel in distress, and isn't nearly as capable as Ico. A great deal of the puzzles require the player to create a safe path for Yorda, who isn't physically able to get to the places Ico can. The puzzles are quite brilliant, although a few are so tough that players will feel like ditching the princess.
Graphics, particularly the lighting effects and animations, are fantastic. The developers did a superb job of conveying the enormity and beauty of the castle. When Ico and Yorda move and interact, their actions seem totally lifelike. The ambient soundtrack and simple controls let the player focus on the tasks at hand. Sony has crafted a very unique game that anyone can play. Few games are as elegant in their simplicity as this puzzler from Sony. --Raymond M. Padilla
This product is simply amazing: an excellent story and plot, lots of challenges, and unique graphics. I would highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Nicholas Kokorudz
I'm surprised at all of the 5 star ratings for this game. I do agree that the environment of the game is impressive, but, the games stumbles in its gameplay, as I found it rather... Read morePublished on July 27 2005 by Chris
I got this game based on the reviews and was not disappointed.
Once I started, I could not stop. The graphics are beautiful. The pan and zoom views were detailed. Read more
When I first picked up ICO I couldn't believe it. The beautiful graphics, the amazingly intelligent puzzles, the involving story, the great control, and the epic feel of the... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by brokenbukowski
Well, having just bought this game for very cheap, and all the great ratings (including all you whackos in Amazon) it recieved, I thought I had made another good deal in getting a... Read morePublished on July 6 2004
But it sure ain't free
Packed with puzzles
Pretty addictive gameplay
beatin the heck outta enemies is pretty... Read more
Ok, I know I'm probably not going to be very popular for this review but......the game was just "ok." True the graphics are amazing as well as the atmosphere.....but... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Scott Kennelly