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Release year: 1993 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Silicon & Synapse
The Lost Vikings (SNES)
The Lost Vikings (AKA The Lost Vikings: Viking no Daimeiwaku in Japan) is a 2D puzzle platform video game developed by Silicon & Synapse and published by Interplay Productions for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1993. The game looks like a typical platform game like some of the SNES and Genesis games in the early 90’s. However, it surprisingly has some elements that make it distinctive from the others.
The Lost Vikings is about a small group of Vikings named Olaf the Stout, Erik the Red, and Baelog the Swift, who are hunting one night for their dinner. They are abducted by an alien emperor named Tomator, who is building a zoo and wants to use them as attractions. The three Vikings are displeased with their animal-like roles, so they decide to escape and go back home. They must travel across different time periods to get home.
This SNES game has close to 40 levels that are filled with puzzles, enemies, and obstacles to prevent the Vikings from going home. They should get to the exit of every level together, so they should work as a team. Erik is unable to attack or defend, but he is the only one who can jump. He can also run really fast and destroy most blocks. Baelog is a warrior, who has bow and arrows and a sword, but he is not as athletic as Erik. Olaf is unable to attack, but he is armed with a shield that he uses to defend against nearly everything. The shield can also function as a parachute. He can also use it as a stool that Erik can jump off of.
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The design of The Lost Vikings is not that creative, but it is different and can maintain the pacing and playability of an action game. At the same time, it keeps the challenge directly focused on puzzling. In terms of graphics, it is not as great as other games at present time, but the depth of characters were amazing at the time of its release. It is an appealing and colorful game, and the animation looks fun.
The music is okay as it gives an eclectic and funky vibe, but it does not really match the Vikings’ characters.
The Lost Vikings may seem strange and not exactly what you hope to get from a Viking game. However, it is extremely challenging, addictive, and enjoyable.
The Lost Vikings game has been ported to Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Boy Advance, MS-DOS, Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES (this version).