Ico

Publisher: 
Sony Computer Entertainment/Team Ico
Release Date: 
22/03/2002

ICO is an action-adventure video game published by Sony Computer Entertainment and released for the Sony Playstation 2.It was designed and directed by Fumito Ueda who wanted to create a minimalist game around a "boy meets girl" concept.The main character Ico,is a young boy with horns that is locked away in an abandoned fortress by his village.Ico encounters Yorda during his explorations,the daughter of the Queen who plans to use Yorda's body to extend her own lifespan.Ico seeks to escape the castle with Yorda to prevent this fate from occurring,keeping her safe from shadow-like creatures that attempt to draw her back.Throughout the game,the player controls Ico as he explores the castle,solves puzzles and assists the less-agile Yorda across obstacles.The game introduced several design and technical elements including a story told with minimal dialog,bloom lighting and key frame animation.The player controls Ico from a third-person perspective and the camera remains at a fixed point in each room or area but the player can also pan the view a small degree in other directions to observe more of the surroundings.Ico uses minimal dialog in a fictional language to provide the story throughout the game.Voice actors included Kazuhiro Shindou as Ico,Reiko Takahashi as Yorda and Misa Watanabe as the Queen...