What happens when a group of overseas explorers is sucked onto a giant space ship while peacefully hunting in a nearby forest? Well, you get one of the best side-scrolling puzzle games ever made, a true jewel of the gaming world.
The Lost Vikings was released in 1992 by Interplay Entertainment as a single-floppy, single-player game with great graphics for its time. The key to this game’s enchanting beauty, however, is not in its graphics but rather in its gameplay.
The main characters of the game are three Viking warriors - Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce, and Olaf the Stout - whose first goal is to find a way off the strange ship onto which they were brought. After completing the initial task, our heroes are taken to different periods of time with one goal: escape alive and go home!
The only way to pass each level is to bring all three Vikings to the exit point. What complicates this (or makes it easier) is that each of our three heroes has his own set of abilities: Erik can run, jump, and bash his head through some walls in the game; Baleog can kill enemies from a long distance using his bow or from a short distance using his sword, and also use his bow to hit otherwise unreachable switches; Olaf can use his sturdy shield to hide himself and the others from enemy attacks (from the sides and from above) and to float down from high places without harm.
After you pass each level, you will get a password which is necessary if you exit the game and wish to continue later on from that point.
As for the game itself, it is a pure 5. The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is easy, the difficulty is just right, the sound is good, and I quote (and confirm): “addictiveness is through the roof!” … and the level of addictiveness IS through the roof!
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