developer: Crazy Viking Studios
publisher: Adult Swim Games
Game mode: single player
Völgarr the Viking, released on PC, XONE, PS4, etc., is an old-school brutal 2D platformer, in which we lead the title Viking named Völgarr. The game is a debut project of the independent American studio Crazy Viking, whose creators have worked on high-budget productions for 3DS mobile consoles and GameBoy Advance.
The action of Völgarr the Viking is set in a fantasy world, referring to Conan's adventures. The game's hero, a warrior named Völgarr, is revived by Odin to kill the army of the evil dwarf Fafnir. To accomplish his mission, our protagonist travels alone through the land occupied by an army of monsters, confronting more than forty increasingly stronger opponents and avoiding ingenious traps. We will also face powerful bosses, often filling most of the screen. We have 7 different worlds to overcome, divided into more than 30 levels, which we can explore by choosing one of several alternative paths. The choices made during the game will eventually lead us to one of several different endings.
According to the developers' intention, the game is a nostalgic reference to the golden age of arcades, when video games were "really difficult" and were a challenge for every player. Cult titles from that time, available on arcade machines and 16-bit computers focused primarily on addictive gameplay. In terms of mechanics, Völgarr the Viking is a classic side-scroller with a quite extensive combat system. Despite quite simple rules, the game is not at all easy, and it is not difficult to die at every step. Fans of hardcore action in the retro style will enjoy the game.
The graphics design in Völgarr the Viking is composed of thousands of hand-drawn animation frames, which, although maintained in a retro style, have been prepared in high resolution. The game also provides a fully customizable control system and support for gamepads. Our struggle is accompanied by an epic soundtrack performed by an orchestra.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium 4 2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Karta grafiki 256 MB (GeForce 8500 or better), 200 MB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7