Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics - simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design - combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of blood. Flex your gaming muscles and step into the arena with Volgarr the Viking. We dare you.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.4 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7, Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.31
Posted on 2013-09-13 09:39:10 byMischiefMaker:
An intentional throwback to Sega Genesis platformers of old, albeit with a modern Conan-esque soundtrack. Volgarr combines the slash-while-moving swordplay of Rastan with the double-jumping of Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts with the precision jumping of Castlevania and adds its own spear weapon that's a combination distance attack and platform creator. "Dying is fun because Learning isread more fun" is the mantra of Volgarr's gameplay. Excellent level design meets you every step of the way through 6 levels jam packed with platform and enemy placement puzzles that will challenge your skills and ingenuity just as much as your reflexes. Fortunately for modern gamers you get unlimited lives... on the easy path. But once you truly master the stages you'll start finding lives in treasure chests that will allow you to tackle the 6 additional harder stages in an attempt to reach the true ending. But once you run out of lives, you're back to the easy path. The only downside to this game for me are occasional puzzling graphics design choices. For example, the level one boss has a 2-frame swing attack that can hit Volgarr mid-air, but lacks even a "whoosh" effect to indicate where the danger zone ends. This ain't Trine, if you're ready for a gameplay-over-graphics platformer that will challenge you every step of the way, I highly recommend Volgarr
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Posted on 2013-09-15 17:02:20 byJari0402:
Völgarr the Viking wants to be a super hard platformer. And well, it IS. However, this is achieved through a few questionable points. These are mainly the unforgiving save-points and the healthsystem that punishes you twice for every mistake. Your health is represented by items that you loose after a enemy hits you. This does not only take away your armor, but also the itemsread more associated skill, for example the shield-block , upping the difficulty ones more. While in general this adds positively to the experience, a single mistake right in front of a trap can make it incredible hard to overcome the very same. Also, while in general you can learn enemy habits and traps fast, the small screen and the fast enemies sometimes make memorization the only way to overcome certain situations. This is especially true when it comes to the Boss fights. And still, despite all the flaws, the game manages to be fun. Not least thanks to these very points. Overcoming a level after countless of tries is extremely rewarding and just lets you feel powerful and well ... like a viking. This is reinforced by the games habit of rewarding recklessness by simply punishing very cautious behavior or rewarding a aggressive style through items. If you are searching for a extra hard throwback to the old console platformers or if you are just in search of a hard game in general, this might just be the game for you.
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Posted on 2013-09-18 10:32:09 byDCT:
Do to the review word limit here I guess I should keep this short and to the point so if I had to sum this game up in a short sentence it would be "this is how you do a modern retro style game" the graphics are beautiful and actually look like a genesis/megadrive or SNES game, the gameplay feels like a mix of Rastan/Rastan Saga, Legendary Axe, Castlevania and Ghouls and Ghostsread more with it's tight controls, lack of mid jump control(ala Castlevania 1-3 and Rastan) and it's as difficult as all those games are but no unfairly so, if you die it's your own damn fault but keep in mind when you die you go back to the very beginning of the stage each time much like many of the classic games it draws inspiration from and there is no save feature but you can skip ahead to previously unlocked stages by going left at the title screen but this will award you with the worst ending, oh right there are multiple endings based on performance and to get the best ending you need to beat all of the hidden(you access them by not dying or taking a hit) even harder/Valkyrie stages which I have yet to see done. So if you love brutal NES/SNES/Megadrive/Amiga/C64 hard side scrolling action platformers then you will love this game, if your easily frustrated you may want to give it a pass.
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