The Lost Vikings

Critic Score User Score
Genesis
82
3.8
DOS
82
4.0
Windows
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4.4
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Description

Three Vikings, Eric the Swift, Olaf the Stout and Baleog the Fierce, were kidnapped by the alien Tomator, the evil Croutonian ruler, who is collecting unique life forms to display in his gallery. The three Vikings will have to combine their unique skills to defeat Tomator, as well as a vast array of aliens, robots, giant snails, big lizards and more.

The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling platform puzzle game with a twist. Instead of one character who can jump, run, shoot, collect items, flip switches and so on, there are three different characters, each with his own skills. Eric the Swift can jump, run and bash through walls with his tough helmet. Olaf the Stout has a shield which can block attacks, function as an air glider or as a step to stand on. Baleog the Fierce can shoot things with his arrows (including switches) or kill things with his sword. The player has to use the three Vikings as a team if he wants to get past the increasingly difficult levels and puzzles.

The player controls one Viking at a time, but can switch between them at any point. The Vikings have limited space in their inventory which they can use to keep various items. Each Viking has three health points, and if he loses them all from confrontations with dangers, he dies (some threats kill instantly), and the level must be restarted.

Screenshots

The Lost Vikings SNES While Olaf shields off the laser, Baelog climbs the ladder.
The Lost Vikings SNES When starting a new game, all Vikings introduce themselves and explain their abilities.
The Lost Vikings SNES Eric the Swift can also destroy certain walls.
The Lost Vikings Genesis Always with the Star Wars references!

Alternate Titles

  • "バイキングの大迷惑" -- Japanese spelling
  • "הויקינגים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "The Lost Vikings: Viking no Daimeiwaku" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Platform adventure puzzler Genesis BeaconBlue (17)
It is a fine example of... shovelware. Amiga CD32 Schutzstaffel88 (14)
A very good platformer. Two thumbs up, way up!!! DOS James1 (238)
Great Game DOS Attila (494)
A terrific game, a classic indeed. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Aug, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Player One Genesis Mar, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Nintendo Magasinet (Denmark) SNES 1993 9 out of 10 90
Amiga Games Amiga CD32 Aug, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Sep, 1994 85 out of 100 85
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1993 82 out of 100 82
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Apr 07, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Worth Playing Game Boy Advance May 25, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Sega-16.com Genesis Jun 02, 2008 7 out of 10 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Blizzard released this for free 44 chirinea (36060)
Dec 16, 2014
Play Hard 1 AlienX999 (1)
Aug 15, 2009

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Lost Vikings appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Browser version

Blizzard used to have a flash rendered demo of the game at http://www.blizzard.com/blizzclassic/vikingsdemo.shtml.

Dialogue

There's all kinds of hidden dialog to the game if the Vikings are doing poorly. After being defeated constantly on a level, the Vikings will start talking about how difficult it is, insulting the player and even consulting Norse gods for additional inspiration.

Extras

Included in the US DOS release was an 11x17" poster, "The Lost Vikings: Your Voyage to an Incredible Adventure Through Time."

Freeware release

On May 2, 2014, the game was released for free through Blizzard's online gaming platform Battle.net.

References to the game

In World of Warcraft, there is a dungeon called "Uldaman" where the three vikings appear as NPCs (non-playable characters), related to a quest called "The Lost Dwarves".

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best Dexterity Game in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Scott Monster, Slik and WildKard

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