Teamwork is the key to the challenge and fun in this game. The Vikings each have particular attributes, but individually they can't accomplish much. You must team them up to solve various puzzles and work their way through the 43 levels.
On top of the often-intricate puzzles, the fun is doubled by the personalities of the game's stars -- the three Norsemen are constantly wisecracking during the game. For instance, they razz you if you mess up too many times during a particular level.
Control of the characters is simple, and you'll be switching from character to character and using the items you pick up in no time. Many of the latter levels will make you scratch your head, so it's nice that the controls don't get in your way. Be advised, though: some moves require complicated button-press combinations, so owners of a six- button controller will have an easier time.
It's natural to compare this version with the original SNES game. What you'll find are slightly poorer graphics and sound, and not as much programming pizzazz. Even so, the graphics are nothing to sneeze at (bless you). All of the characters are well animated, and they tickle your funny bone with their expressions and comic appearance. The sound effects really spice up the game play. Overall, Interplay has compensated for the game's shortfalls by adding six new levels and humorous mid-game intermissions.
This game offers fresh puzzle-solving fun that strains your brain and takes a long time to complete, but makes you laugh out loud along the way. There's no crowd when you get lost with the Vikings.
Yo, kick it, Gnome-boy!
One day three guys just hangin' round
Got beamed up, Scotty, by a spaceman
who was bored.
He wanted some captives for his outer
So he made off with my Teutonic crew.
Olaf, Eric, and Baleog got 'napped
By a no-good, alien, outta-space rat pack.
Tomator was the alien, he wanted them
The three Vikes took one look, and then
said "No Way"!
Now they're lost in space.
Time's been erased.
If they wanna get home, it's gonna be a race.
So, pull your helmet from the rack,
Give your sword a good smack,
And help to get the Vikes back on their Nordic Track!
Norse by Norse-West
The Lost Vikings by Interplay is a one- or two-player action/adventure/puzzler that really gets your brain matter going. You try to help three Viking brothers -- Olaf, Eric, and Baleog -- return to their quiet Nordic life, which was interrupted by the intergalactic zookeeper, Tomator. Seems the Tomator wanted the boys as specimens, but the boys had other plans. Now they must travel through different time periods trying their Dansk darndest to find a way back to their people.
- Always send Olaf to scout ahead. His shield can stop any attack and hold up any enemy.
- When using elevators, always put all three Vikings on at once before sending p or down. If a Vike misses y get nailed waiting for the next one.
- When reaching higher ground, have Olaf put his Shield up so Eric can move up onto it and then over to elevated surroundings.
Working cooperatively, the Vikings help each other over seemingly insurmountable obstacles and bearish bevies of enemies, which range from futuristic fanatics to prehistoric pests.
Using each of the Vikings' special skills, you must work the team through each level in search of the exit that will send you on to the next level. For instance, Baleog the Fierce is an arrow-shootin', sword-swingin' warrior, who's able to knock off opponents and flick hard-to- reach switches. Olaf the Stout makes good use of his shield, whether it's to block enemy projectiles, help him hang glide through the air, or give Eric a lift up. Eric the Swift is the shaker and mover. He runs and jumps, traverses areas inaccessible to his stout siblings and puts his hard head to use by knocking down walls. The areas covered by the three brothers vary from Tomator's ship to a Mesozoic maze. After you complete three levels, you find a warp into the next time period, which brings you ever closer to home.
- See something that you want but can't seem to find a way to get it? Look for dark patches in the rocks (which are actually entrances), position Olaf under them, and then lift Eric up onto the shield and into the stone passages. Voila, Vike Victory!
- If you're having trouble getting across lava pits, use Baleog to shoot the stalactites. They'll drop to form a bridge.
- When a Vike falls, keep him close to the walls. Secret passages often hold goodies.
Vikings Out of Control
Solving the puzzles that lead to the exits is really most of the fun, although the dialogue in this game is Standup Comic funny, too. Most of the puzzles require the skills of ALL THREE Vikings. If you happen to lose one of the little guys along the way, you must give up and start from the beginning of the level.
Each of the Vikes has three life bubbles, and you lose them by getting hit, falling long distances, or by stumbling into other mishaps. Luckily, there's plenty throughout the stages to keep you going. You can also pick up and use Bombs, Keys, Flaming Arrows (for Baleog), etc., but each Viking is limited to only four items apiece. However, you can switch items between Vikings. If one of the helmet-heads is all loaded up, give it over to his brawny bud.
When approaching bubbles, time your jump from bubble to bubble by watching when they quiver. If you don't see another bubble nearby, backtrack.
The Fat Lady Sings
The music is hip-hop Handel with some Beowulf bass thrown in for good measure. You'll find yourself tapping your clogs in time to the music, which should be cranked right from beginning.
As for the controls, you'll need to be careful about which button does what.
You may find yourself feeding a Vike rather than bombing a beastie. Don't let that stop you from taking on the challenge of this game, though. There's enough fun and puzzlement here to keep any gamer of intermediate skill going for hours. In a two- player game, Player One controls one Vike, Player Two the other and you can switch between the last Vike.
Even though you can't finish a level when a Viking dies, try to get as far as you can with the other two for scoping purposes.
The Lost Vikings features outstanding graphics. The sprites have realistic and funny movements, like when Eric rams a wall and goes cuckoo for a while. Even though the characters are small, they don't suffer from limited animation. Olaf's gliding, Eric's running, and Baleog's bashing are sleek and nimble. The backgrounds are more colorful than a Viking's language, and the enemies are well-drawn and nicely animated.
Save the Last Dansk for Me
The Lost Vikings looks and feels a lot like. Gods, another great action/adventure/puzzle game for the SNES. Help the boys make it home, because the Vike you save just may be your own.