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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.


The Saga of Erik the Viking ZX Spectrum The game screen. Text is shown at the bottom and pictures are drawn in the central window. The drawing process is quite slow. First the black outlines are added bit by bit
The Saga of Erik the Viking ZX Spectrum The game controls are explained
The Saga of Erik the Viking ZX Spectrum The game starts with the publishers logo
The Saga of Erik the Viking Amstrad CPC On a river bank.

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Home Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Dec 04, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sinclair Programs ZX Spectrum Dec, 1984 75 out of 100 75
Your 64 Commodore 64 Feb, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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The Saga of Erik the Viking is based on the book written by Monty Python star Terry Jones.
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