The Lost Vikings

a game by Silicon & Synapse, and Blizzard Entertainment
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Puzzles & Words, Strategy/War, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES, PC, GBA
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 8 reviews, 9 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Lost Vikings Games

Yo, kick it, Gnome-boy!

One day three guys just hangin' round
the fjord,
Got beamed up, Scotty, by a spaceman
who was bored.
He wanted some captives for his outer
space zoo,
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
to stay.
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.

ProTips:

  • 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.

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Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

SNES

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

As my mother always said, aliens are just people with more eyes. Just as there are different types of people, there are doubtless many types of alien; good aliens, bad aliens and aliens who would be good but for one or two problems at home that they're trying to get their heads round. (There are also those large breasted aliens who Captain Kirk gets lumbered with teaching the meaning of love to, but we won't go into that here.) Tomator, the intergalactic life-form trader, was probably a good alien lumbered with a bad job. He probably didn't like himself very much for hyperspacing his way around galaxies 'borrowing' specimens, with a view to selling them back home to the interplanetary equivalent of Whipsnade Zoo. It probably gave him ulcers and guilty dreams. But that's what he did. What the heck -it's a career.

Olaf the Stout, Erik the Swift and Baleog the Absolute Pan-Head Nutcase (Fierce. It's Fierce. Ed.) were three harmless Vikings, if you'll forgive the oxymoron, lying in their beds minding their own business after a hard day's slaughter. Imagine their consternation to find themselves beamed into a large alien spaceship owned by the aforementioned Tomator. Imagine the culture shock. How would you explain the lighting system to them? And the shortage of roll-mop herrings? Needless to say, they badly want to escape and make it back to their homes, their ginger-haired children and their unsightly wives.

(Remember, these are hard men, well-used to terror.) Your mission, as the purchaser of this game, is to get them home by guiding them through a series of levels comprised of platform-based puzzles and traps. Along the way, you have to avoid or kill the mobile enemies who apear in the form of people from various zones of time and space (into which the Vikings are beamed). Finally you have to defeat the evil Tomator.

It's complicated by the fact that each of the three characters has just one basic ability - Erik's is athleticism, Baleog's is general sword-based butchery and Olaf... well, he's got a big shield. They also have secondary abilities: Erik can batter walls down with his head, Baleog can fire a bow and arrow and Olaf... well, he's got a big shield.

You have to get all three to the exit of each level. The idea is that puzzles can only be solved with certain combinations of the three warriors. There are no time limits, and it's very much a case of trial and error and learning from your mistakes. If one or more of them dies you have to restart the level, the only penalty being some smart arse comments from the Vikings themselves. Get them all through to the exit where you are given a password (enabling you to bypass that level), then you're off to the next level.

The levels are grouped by a general theme. This changes every six or seven levels when you reach the 'exit portal' that warps the Vikings off to another exotic location. Each level is physically quite large, with several screens' worth of scenery to explore and find your way out of and is, like the characters, graphically detailed.

Puzzling is a major part of the game and at first, as long as you're careful with the enemies you have to fight, everything proceeds at a measured pace. As you progress through the levels, however, it isn't long before arcade elements begin to edge into it. The baddies move more quickly and become able to jump over Olaf s shield, so that you can't just position Baleog behind Olaf s shield and fire arrows at them - you have to get in there and scrap. There's some intricate platform leaping to do, too.

The puzzles get ever more fiendish and inventive. One particularly imaginative one uses the way the screen scrolls between characters as part of the solution. Another requires excellent button-pressing skills: on a factory level you need to press a button, switch control between characters, press another button with the second character, switch back and press another with the first - all as the second character drops through the air towards an electrical charge that will do nothing for his health and welfare. Get one of the button-presses wrong and it's curtains - or skins draped over windows, or whatever.

It cries out for piano lessons, touch-typing ability or maybe even two players. The number of different control keys means it is possible to play with two players, but it isn't ideal, because the scrolling of the screen can often leave one player offscreen. The controls are perhaps the game's only weakness: I first saw this on the Super nes, the controllers of which have eight possible buttons to allocate to a game, and they're well-used for this game. Most pc joysticks have two so, even if you have a joystick, a lot of the controls will have to be carried out by keyboard, and it's always possible to hit the wrong one in a hurry.

Nevertheless it's a minor point; generally the game's a good one. The animation is fine and provides spectacular and gory deaths, but the attention to detail isn't quite as good as the snes - that version has a built-in screen saver, and this one doesn't. Apart from that it's a great game with plenty of levels and reasonable challenge that should appeal to puzzle and platform-lovers alike. Start Viking around.

  • Manufacturer: Interplay
  • Machine: Super NES and Genesis

Question: Help me! I have prayed to Gazuga but he says I am not worthy of his advice, so I guess you're the next best thing. I've made it all the way to the Arena, and I need to know how in hell you get the red key in the beginning of the Ballroom (the third section of the stage).

Answer: I was going to make some joke about how the frigid climes of South Dakota probably helped you empathize with the Vikings, but I decided against it. The key in question is reached by using Eric, you just have to be a little tricky about controlling him. Along the way, I'll go ahead and print a map of the whole Ballroom, just for kicks.

  • Theme: Action/Puzzle

One of the most popular Super NES carts, The Lost Vikings is now on its way to the Genesis. This is yet another game that's out for both systems. In The Lost Vikings, play as three Vikings, Olaf, Baleog, and Erik. Each one has a special skill that he can use to get out of trouble. Be it jumping, defense, or offense, there's a way through any Puzzle.

They'll need these skills, as all three have been sucked up into a UFO. The game curtails the struggle of these three brave souls, as they try to get back home. The Lost Vikings has always been a good game, and the Genesis version is nearly an exact replica of the one for the Super NES. This is just one of those games that grows on you. A decent cart for puzzle fans.

  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: January 1993
  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Number of Levels: 43

After a long successful day of hunting, Erik the Swift, Baleog the Berserker, and Olaf the Stout settle down for a good night's rest. Later that night a huge space ship comes and kidnaps all three of them! They find themselves on a huge ship with no idea of what's going on. Little do they know they were captured by the evil Crutonain ruler, Tomator who plans to put them on exhibit. The Vikings try to escape only to find that every door takes them to a different land and time. They find themselves anywhere from ancient earth where dinosaurs are after them, to ancient Egyptian temples, all the while cracking jokes and making you laugh.

Join the Vikings in their quest to return to their homeland and their beloved women.

The Lost Vikings was a really good puzzle game for Super NES, and it has been done justice on this platform as well! The music doesn't have the kick of the other version (or the truly colorful graphics), but still a good game!

  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Available: 1993
  • Levels: 35+

Sound asleep, three Vikings are suddenly pulled from their beds by a spaceship! And so begins the story of The Lost Vikings, Interplay's unique puzzler for the Super NES.

The Scandinavian trio must escape from their alien abductors and get back to their homeland. But first, they'll have to make it through a maze of traps to reach gates which may (or may not) warp them home. Test your manhood with the Vikings!

People say:

6

Although credit must be given to The Lost Vikings creators for dishing out a solid package of superior visual and audio enhancements, the game play didn't turn me on. I liked the twists that The Vikings put on the run-of-the-mill puzzlers, but having to pilot all three heroes to the exit individually quickly became redundant.

8

Another excellent job from Interplay! Once you play you're greeted with excellent soundtracks with plenty of bass! The puzzles get very difficult but are never very frustrating. The Viking characters have their own personalities complete with comical antics. This game is a definite must-get!

8

Interplay came up with a unique way of blending action and puzzle games and has a winner on their hands. Great graphics and excellent sound support are only the beginning of this superb cart. The game play is filled with difficult but interesting puzzles! Some of the levels are huge and require tons of maneuvers.

8

The Lost Vikings?? From the sound of the title, it would appear that you're in for a boring game. Actually, The Lost Vikings is one of the best Super NES puzzle/action games I've seen in a while. The music is awesome!!! The graphics and animation are excellent, and the challenge is right on target. Get this before it's gone!

After a rough day of hunting food for their families, Erik the Swift, Baleog the Berserker, and Olaf the Stout settle down for a peaceful rest. Suddenly, a huge U.F.O. appears in their village and abducts the trio. Little did they know that they are about to become a permanent collection to the evil Crutonian ruler, Tomator.

Tomator plans to trap all unique life-forms and add them to his gallery. But he didn't plan on three of his life-forms revolting!

In The Lost Vikings, you take control of three daring Vikings as they plan their escape from the U.F.O., only to find themselves tossed into a different time era each time they open a door! Take on vicious dinosaurs in prehistoric Earth, space aliens on the spaceship, and kooky pharaohs in the ancient and mysterious Egyptian pyramids!

The liveliness of the Vikings comes alive through text balloons filled with humorous personalities. They crack jokes at each other while their slapstick humor will keep you playing for hours.

Erik, Baleog, and Olaf need your help to escape the Crutonian ruler and safely return home to their lovely Viking women.

The Lost Vikings are in trouble again, this time on the Sega Genesis. They've got to escape "inter- galactic zookeeper" Tomator's ship, and it's up to you to get the hapless threesome back home in this very entertaining puzzle/adventure game.

Vikings Stick Together

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.

ProTips:

  • Unless otherwise necessary, it's a good idea to keep your three party members close to each other. They work better as a team.
  • If you want Baleog to quickly shoot an arrow, hold down the button to prepare him to fire. When you let go of the button, he'll sling his arrow immediately.

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.

  • Before you rush in, look ahead for which obstacles need to be cleared. Then, carefully think through how you can best solve the problem.
  • It's a good idea to send Olaf the Stout into action first. His shield will block most any threat, giving you time to bring one of the other characters in to do their specialty.

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.

  • When you take a Down elevator, be sure to bring the entire party along. A steep drop means certain doom for straggling Vikings.

Good Enough for the Genesis

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.

You'll Laugh 'Til You're Horse

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.

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