The Lost Vikings
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|The Lost Vikings|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Interplay (US), Ballistic (US; Rerelease), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe)|
|Developer: Silicon & Synapse, Krisalis Software|
|Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver|
|Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad; Team Player|
|Number of players: 1-3|
|Official in-game languages: |
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. An Spanish-language fan translation was released in June 2020.
The game follows three Vikings, Erik 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 village.
The main objective of the game is to get all three Vikings past various obstacles to the exit of each level safely. 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 by pressing + and + ( and ) and share items. All three Vikings must survive in order to complete a level - if a Viking dies, the player must retry the level by either getting the remaining Vikings to the exit (if possible), or by pressing + () to give up at any time. Levels can be restarted as many times as the player needs, though the Vikings will complain if the player restarts several times.
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 (these are stages 11, 18, 19, 25 and 37). The music is also slightly different. The game is compatible with the Six Button Control Pad and the Team Player, allowing for up to three players to play simultaneously. In a multiplayer game, multiple Vikings can move simultaneously, but the camera will only track one Viking at a time. The player in control of the camera can press ++ to pass the camera to the next player in port order.
Each Viking can hold a maximum of four items, and can manage items by pressing (). To share items with other Vikings, a Viking must be standing next to him. Excess food and bombs can be disposed of by moving it to the trash can icon on the HUD. Pressing + () will use the currently highlighted item.
The Mega Drive Lost Vikings was converted from the Super NES, being Silicon & Synapse's first Sega project.
The English Windows PC version has been released by Blizzard as freeware.
In February 2021, The Lost Vikings was re-released as part of Blizzard Arcade Collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC alongside several versions of Rock n' Roll Racing and Blackthorne. The compilation includes the Mega Drive version, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, and a "Definitive Edition" based on the SNES release that adds all the additional content from the Mega Drive version as well as multi-language support.
- 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
- In-game credits, US manual 
- Main article: The Lost Vikings/Magazine articles.
also published in:
- Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
- GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
- VideoGames (US) #61: "February 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Mega Play (US) #0501: "February 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
- Sega Visions (US) #17: "February/March 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
|Sega Retro Average|
|Mega Drive, PT|
|Mega Drive, SE (Rental)|
|Mega Drive, AU|
ROM dump status
- GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
- GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 50
- Mega, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 79
- Computer & Video Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 83
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 61
- Games World: The Magazine, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-05-26), page 16
- Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 18
- Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 19
- File:The Lost Vikings MD US Manual.pdf, page 15
- Sega Visions, "December/January 1993/1994" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 93
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
- GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
- VideoGames, "February 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 63
- Mega Play, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 11
- Sega Visions, "February/March 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 109
- Computer & Video Games, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-15), page 44
- Digitiser (UK) (1994-05-24)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
- Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 3 March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 1
- GamesMaster, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 102
- Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 64
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 59
- Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 50
- Mega Action, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 26
- Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 104
- Mega Machines, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-09), page 70
- MegaTech, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-21), page 70
- Mean Machines Sega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-11-30), page 68
- Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 84
- Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 104
- Sega Magazine, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 94
- Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 36
- Sega Pro, "February 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 36
- Sega Zone, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-23), page 64
- Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video!, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
- Sonic the Comic, "June 24th 1994" (UK; 1994-06-11), page 10
- Video Games, "4/94" (DE; 1994-03-23), page 88
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