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The Lost Vikings
Publisher: Interplay (US), Ballistic (US; Rerelease), Virgin Interactive (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Krysalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Puzzle































Number of players: 1-3
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[1] T-125016
Sega Mega Drive
US (Rerelease)
$? T-119216
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] T-70226-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70226-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70226-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70226-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJ70226
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



The Lost Vikings is a platform-puzzle game developed by Silicon & Synapse (now Blizzard Entertainment) and published by Interplay for a variety of platforms including the Sega Mega Drive.

Story

The game follows three Vikings, Eric the Swift, Olaf the Stout and Baleog the Fierce, who have been plucked out of their own timezone by the evil Tomator, who is collecting lifeforms from all over the universe. It is up to the player to guide all three Vikings through various periods in time to get back to their ship.

Gameplay

Each Viking has their own set of skills which are needed to progress through the stage. The player can only control one Viking at once, but can switch between them at any point and share items.

As the Sega Mega Drive version came later than the others (1994 as opposed to 1992), it contains five stages not present in any other version. The music is also slightly different. The game is compatible with the 6-button gamepad and the Team Player, allowing for up to three players to play simultaneously.

History

Development

The Mega Drive Lost Vikings was converted from the Super NES[5], being Silicon & Synapse's first Sega project.

A Sega Mega-CD version with more levels and "special stuff" was planned, but failed to materialise[6].

Legacy

The game was followed by The Lost Vikings 2: Norse by Norsewest which hit the Sega Saturn in 1997.

The English Windows PC version has been released by Blizzard as freeware.

Production credits

  • Game Design: Silicon & Synapse
  • Producers: Ayman Adham, Alan Pavlish
  • Executive Producer: Brian Fargo
  • Level Design: Ronald Millar Sr.
  • Genesis Programming: Patrick Wyatt, James Edward Anhalt III
  • Original Programming: Michael Morhaime, Frank Pearce Jr., Ayman Adham
  • Artwork: Joeyray Hall, Ronald Millar Sr., Sam Didier, Jason Magness, Stuart Rose
  • Additional Artwork: Clyde Matsumoto, Todd J. Camasta, Cheryl Austin, Spencer Kipe
  • Original Music for the Super Nintendo: Charles Deenen
  • Audio: Krisalis Software Ltd.
  • Music: Matt Furniss
  • Music Driver: Shaun Hollingworth
  • Q.A. Director: Kerry Garrison
  • Assistant Q.A. Director: Rodney N. Relosa
  • Quality Assurance: Floyd Grubb, Dean Schulte, Richard Simpson
  • Manual Design: Bruce Warner
  • Manual Editor: Feargus Urquhart
  • Thanks to: Scott Bennie, Scott Mills
  • Additional grunts, groans and other sounds provided by: M.C. Olaf and the 2 Short Crew
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: The Lost Vikings/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 052.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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GamePlayers US 0612.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Game Players (US) Vol. 6 No. 12 "December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)[7]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[8]
  • GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
  • VideoGames (US) #61: "February 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]
  • Mega Play (US) #20: "February 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[11]
  • Sega Visions (US) #17: "February/March 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[12]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[13]
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Mega UK 20.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega (UK) #20: "May 1994" (1994-04-21)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №147, p44[14]
68 №54, p46[15]
84 №0703
№0705, p121[16]
85 №55, p50[2]
89 №13, p102
91 №29, p64-66[17]
88 №17, p59-61
91 №16, p50-51[18]
89 №11, p26-27
89 №2, p70-71
84 №15, p68-70[19]
92 №40, p84-85[20]
88 №2, p103[21]
87 №50, p36-38
87 №28, p36-37
89 №15, p64-65
85 №1, p36-37[22]
86 №28, p10-11
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US (Interplay)
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Cover
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Cart
The Lost Vikings MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Ballistic)
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Cover
TLV MD US Cart Ballistic.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7ba49edb
MD5 a8dcb5476855a83702e2f49ebd4e2d57
SHA-1 f00464c111b57c8b23698760cbd377c3c8cfe712
1MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 1f14efc6
MD5 44752b050421c4e51d1bee96b3fed44e
SHA-1 c977a21d287187c3931202b3501063d71fcaf714
1MB 1993-10 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 17bed25f
MD5 d23c534b8056b3775cadcd8b5cdc5e04
SHA-1 375eaa9845692db4fdbd0b51985aa0892a8fe425
1MB 1993

References