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The Saga of Erik the Viking


In this text adventure, you play the role of Erik the Viking. Upon returning home, you find your farm abandoned; your family has been kidnapped. You gather the things you need for a journey, and go rescue them.

This game combines text adventure with graphics. The graphics illustrate the places you go, and are drawn on the screen as you watch. The display doesn't load a photo. Rather, a pen races around the screen, drawing the pictures in. While the picture is being drawn, the screen flickers.

Although the pictures slow the game down a bit, they are done in a style reminiscent of Viking-age farms. In one scene, you are placed in the center of a longhouse, and they show the depression in the floor, just as can be seen in books.

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

14 People

Game design
Programmed by
Transport to your computer
Adventure system
Graphics system
Other work by
  • Team at Level 9 Computing
Program ©1984
  • Level 9 Computing
Cover design
Based on the book by
First published in Great Britain by
  • Pavilion Books Limited
  • in association with Michael Joseph Limited
Marketed by
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Production services by
  • Book Production Consultants
Printed by
  • The Thetford Press




The Saga of Erik the Viking is based on the book written by Monty Python star Terry Jones. The events in the game take place some years after those related in the book.

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  • MobyGames ID: 13944


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Jacqke.

BBC Micro added by Rola. ZX Spectrum added by Kabushi. Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: piltdown_man, 64er.

Game added July 12th, 2004. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.