The Lost Vikings

aka: The Lost Vikings: Viking no Daimeiwaku
Moby ID: 1547
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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.

Spellings

  • הויקינגים - Hebrew spelling
  • バイキングの大迷惑 - Japanese spelling

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Credits (DOS version)

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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 81% (based on 50 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 155 ratings with 5 reviews)

Great Game

The Good
It's not the same as all the other platform games. Instead of one person you have three. All of their special abilities are awesome. The graphics are really nice and the music is cool, too. It makes you think and it's actually challenging.

The Bad
It froze my computer up but that's not the game's fault. If they game out with this game again and made it exactly the same except have a three player mode where everybody gets to play one of the characters, then that would be awesome.

The Bottom Line
Different platform game that's a bunch of fun.

DOS · by Attila (553) · 2001

A terrific game, a classic indeed.

The Good
What can I possibly say about The Lost Vikings? Seems that anything said might diminish from the splendour of this game. To say that it's a classic defeats the definition of "understatement": everyone knows this game, everyone loves it. Even me. 'nuff said.

The Lost Vikings is clearly Amiga in origin: the graphics make up for their lack of colour depth with amazing detail and beauty, which only goes to show how good hand-drawn graphics can be (for an even better example see Defender of the Crown, although it's PC version pales visually in comparison with the Amiga version). Audio-wise, The Lost Vikings doesn't disappoint either, with terrific sound and music directly taken from the original. Gameplay wise The Lost Vikings is a fairly challenging platform game with many twists, and I can't help but love the ridiculousness of the characters :-)

The Bad
I'm not very good at puzzle games, nor do I really like them. Fortunately though, The Lost Vikings makes up in other areas.

Other than this, I see no flaw in the game - it's as perfect as it gets, and deserves its stature as a genuine classic.

The Bottom Line
Bottom line? Get it, play it, love it.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4538) · 2000

It is a fine example of... shovelware.

The Good
Here it is, your cd32 version of the awesome popular game the lost vikings. It is that type of game you just keep playing no matter how many times you screwed a level, it is that addictive. I remember I played the pc version for hours in a row, so I still remember some of their passwords that are written into my memory, so it seems. So this is actually what you get, lost vikings with special cd32 gamepad buttonmapped controls for extra play comfort. And that's about it.

The Bad
As a late release, why didn't they enhance the graphics? You still have the dark, ugly, empty back grounds and the poor amiga 500 colours. The game is practically a very rushed A500 port with no enhancements whatsover. The music is very good, but it is like the 16-bit version, while only the pc version had that nice catchy peaceful tunes, the other versions all had those wild techno remixed bgms.

The Bottom Line
The lost vikings had been released in this particular order: first on the SNES where it had the bast graphics. Then the A500 got his own version with toned down graphics and later the sega version got a port of the A500 but with a few extra levels. The pc version did have the same empty graphics as the A500 but the music was much much better, especially with an expanded midi soundcard. But the cd32 got actually nothing in comparison, this late release leaves you empty-handed. This is a fine example of rushed out of the door shovelware just to build up the library of the cd32 short after release. It is what doomed the cd32 because no gamers are waiting for pure crappy ports. I can only suggest you go check out the SNES version which is in my opinion the best. (and you may as well forgot that very cheaply ported gba version)

Amiga CD32 · by Schutzstaffel88 (12) · 2006

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Blizzard released this for free chirinea (47496) Dec 16, 2014

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)

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Mickey Gabel.

SNES, Genesis added by PCGamer77. Game Boy Advance added by Kartanym. Windows added by Sciere. Amiga CD32 added by Kabushi. Amiga added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Apogee IV, Shoddyan, Dmichal, Crawly, xxxxxxxxxxx, j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added June 3, 2000. Last modified April 7, 2024.