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Heimdall

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MobyRank MobyScore
Acorn 32-bit
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Amiga
77
4.2
SEGA CD
59
4.1
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Description

You play as Heimdall, a demi-god based in Norse mythology. Heimdall's job is to protect the entrance to Asgard, the home of the gods, from all evil, including the terrible Ragnarok, when all the evil forces come together to try and destroy the gods and ultimately everything.

Unfortunately Ragnarok is on its way and if that wasn't bad enough, Loki, god of mischief, has hidden Thor's hammer, Odin's sword and Frey's spear in three worlds. You, as the newly mortalized Heimdall, must visit each of these worlds to collect the god's weapons.

The first is Midgard (or Earth), the second is Utgard (the world of the giants) and the third is Asgard itself, the home of the gods. Each world has around 15 islands and each island has countless rooms.

When you start your mission you are given three sub-games to complete. How well you complete these games determines Heimdall's stats (strength, agility etc) as well as how many people he can choose from to make up his party. If you don't do well then you won't get the full 30 characters to choose from and some of the better ones will not be available to you.

The first sub-game is the Axe Throwing Contest. Here you must throw axes at a young barmaid tied to a stock by her pig-tails. The idea is to hit the pig-tails and not her! Unfortunately because Heimdall is a bit drunk, your cursor wobbles all over the place! The second sub-game is Pig Catching (where you must chase and hopefully catch a pig in its pen) and the third is the Long Boat Fight (where you must try and get to the other side of the long boat without being thrown overboard).

Once you've done this it's time to wander around the isometric landscape solving puzzles and killing baddies (in a similar style to Cadaver) until you eventually find one of the god's missing weapons.

Screenshots

Heimdall Atari ST Throw an axe! Don't hurt the girl!
Heimdall DOS An interesting sport: Try to hit the hairs to win!
Heimdall SEGA CD Beat an enemy.
Heimdall DOS In Cave (EGA)

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The Press Says

Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Datormagazin Amiga Mar 12, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Micro News Amiga Dec, 1991 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1992 10 out of 12 83
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD May, 1994 6.6 out of 10 66
Jeuxvideo.com Amiga Mar 09, 2010 13 out of 20 65
Jeuxvideo.com Atari ST Mar 09, 2010 13 out of 20 65
All Game Guide SEGA CD 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Jan 15, 2007 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Development

An alternate "bloody" version of the first sub-game (the axe-throwing) was originally programmed, but changed before game's release for obvious reasons.

Extras

The manual includes a short (and humorous) comic which introduces the story.

Information also contributed by Jack Lightbeard

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