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:
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad; Team Player
Genre: Puzzle

















Number of players: 1-3
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $59.9559.95[2] T-125016
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    (Rerelease)
    T-119216
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    MDJ70226
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £39.9939.99[4][5][6] T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    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. An Spanish-language fan translation was released in June 2020.

    Story

    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.

    Gameplay

    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 Start+Left and Start+Right (X and Z) 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 Start+A (Start) 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 A+B+C to pass the camera to the next player in port order.

    Characters

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    Erik the Swift
    As the self-proclaimed leader of the group, Erik can move faster than the other two Vikings and is the only one who can jump. However, he has no defensive capabilities which makes him vulnerable when scouting by himself, and his speed can be difficult to control.
    • Primary ability: Press B to make Erik jump. The faster he is moving, the higher he can jump.
    • Secondary ability: Press A while running to make Erik perform a headbutt, inflicting damage to enemies and breaking down certain walls. The recoil will leave him unable to move for a few seconds, making him vulnerable to danger.
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    Baleog the Fierce
    Armed with a sword, a bow and a large ego, Baleog is the group's offensive specialist and the best solution for taking out enemies. He has no defensive capabilities, so he will need to rely on Olaf for cover.
    • Primary ability: Press B to make Baleog swing his sword. It is a short-ranged attack for defeating enemies up-close.
    • Secondary ability: Hold A to hock an arrow, and release A to fire the arrow in Baleog's direction. Arrows can hit enemies and switches from afar.
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    Olaf the Stout
    The comic relief of the group, Olaf carries a large shield around with him which can be used to block enemy attacks and projectiles in front or above, as well as allowing him to glide over hazards and avoid damage from long falls. However, he cannot fight back and must depend on his allies, and his shield cannot protect him from enemies that can jump over him.
    • Primary ability: Press A or B to raise or lower Olaf's shield.
    • Secondary ability: Same as his primary ability above.

    Items

    Each Viking can hold a maximum of four items, and can manage items by pressing Start (Mode). 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 Start+C (Y) will use the currently highlighted item.

    Food
    Restores one health point.
    Steak
    Restores two health points.
    Shield
    Gives a Viking a fourth health point, represented by a blue dot.
    Bomb
    Can be placed on the ground to defeat enemies or destroy certain walls and objects. The blast can instantly kill any Viking that stands too close, so they must be handled with care.
    Smart Bomb
    Instantly destroys all enemies on the screen.
    Flaming Arrow
    Upgrades Baleog's arrows, allowing them to instantly kill any enemy and ignoring their resistance to arrows. Lasts for the duration of a single level.
    Keys
    Used in keyholes of the same colour to unlock doors and activate objects.
    Gravity Boots
    Lets a Viking walk through a gravitational field unaffected.
    Button
    Activates things when pressed with C or shot at with Baleog's arrows.
    Switch
    Activates things when flipped with C.
    Target
    Acts as a switch that can only be shot at with Baleog's arrows.

    Time periods

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    Starship (first visit)
    The Vikings' long journey home begins on Tomator's Starship. It is here that the Vikings learn from Aftiek, a friendly alien, of Tomator's intentions with the Vikings, and the trio must co-operate to escape the ship, making it past security drones and through gravitational fields. The levels here are relatively simple, and are filled with hint buttons that explain the controls and each of the Vikings' unique abilities.

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    Prehistoria
    A prehistoric land roaming with hungry dinosaurs, projectile-spitting snails and rolling cavemen, Prehistoria sees the Vikings traversing through forests, swamps and volcanic caverns. Some swamps and lava pits will emit bubbles, which the Vikings can ride in for a lift, though they'll pop after reaching a certain height.

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    Egypt
    This time period sees the Vikings trek across the ancient Egyptain desert and into a giant pyramid filled with traps. In outdoor levels the Vikings can climb the palm trees for items, and Baleog can shoot down coconuts to help him cross quicksand pits. Spearmen will jump over Olaf to attack him from behind, and the mummies within the pyramid will instantly mummify the Vikings if given the chance.

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    Factory
    This vast industrial complex is filled with many contraptions that the Vikings can interact with, such as seesaws to catapult Vikings into the air, springs for an extra boost, and cranes they can operate to solve puzzles. Some of the machines are hazardous, such as the pounders - Olaf can block the smaller pounders to help Erik and Baleog get past them, but can't do anything about the larger pounders.

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    Wacky
    A truly bizarre landscape consisting of checkered-walled funhouses and mountains made of candy, the Vikings will be dealing with levels less forgiving than other time periods and butt heads with strange enemies. Some puzzles require the Vikings to use air pumps to inflate themselves like balloons, and deflating whenever they need to by pressing B, though keep in mind that the Vikings are vulnerable while inflated.

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    Starship (second visit)
    The Vikings' long journey home eventually leads them back on board Tomator's Starship, now with a clear goal in mind: to track down and defeat Tomator. The second visit to the Starship presents the Vikings with the most difficult levels in the game, with many gravitational fields and lethal electrical hazards. The final level pits the Vikings up against Tomator himself, and must defeat him using puzzle-based strategies such as bombing the floor beneath him or pushing him back using Erik's headbutt.

    Passwords

    Level no. Password
    01 STRT
    02 GR8T
    03 TLPT
    04 GRND
    05 LLM0
    06 FL0T
    07 TRSS
    08 PRHS
    09 CVRN
    10 BBLS
    11 TR33
    12 VLCN
    13 QCKS
    14 PHR0
    15 C1R0
    16 SPKS
    17 JMNN
    18 SNDS
    19 TMPL
    20 TTRS
    21 JLLY
    22 PLNG
    23 BTRY
    24 JNKR
    25 RVTS
    26 CBLT
    27 H0PP
    28 SMRT
    29 V8TR
    30 NFL8
    31 WKYY
    32 CMB0
    33 8BLL
    34 TRDR
    35 FNTM
    36 WRLR
    37 PDDY
    38 TRPD
    39 TFFF
    40 FRGT
    41 4RN4
    42 MSTR

    History

    Development

    The Mega Drive Lost Vikings was converted from the Super NES[7], being Silicon & Synapse's first Sega project.

    A Sega Mega-CD version with more levels and "special stuff" was planned, but failed to materialise[8].

    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.

    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.

    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, US manual[9]


    Magazine articles

    Main article: The Lost Vikings/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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    Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-1x-xx)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Mega (UK) #20: "May 1994" (1994-04-21)
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    Print advert in Hacker (HR) #6: "05/1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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    Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
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    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    70
    [17]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    70
    [18]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    88
    [19]
    Digitiser (UK) PAL
    80
    [20]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    68
    [21]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    70
    [22]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4 (RU)
    80
    [23]
    Game Players (US) NTSC-U
    84
    [24]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    85
    [1]
    Gamers (DE)
    80
    [25]
    GamesMaster (UK)
    89
    [26]
    Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
    85
    [6]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    91
    [27]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    79
    [28]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
    88
    [29]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    91
    [30]
    Mega Action (UK) PAL
    89
    [31]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    83
    [32]
    Mega Machines (UK) PAL
    89
    [33]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    83
    [34]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    84
    [35]
    Player One (FR)
    92
    [36]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    88
    [37]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    87
    [38]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    87
    [39]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    87
    [40]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    89
    [41]
    Sega Force (SE)
    88
    [42]
    Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video! (FR)
    85
    [43]
    Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
    86
    [44]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    83
    [45]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    80
    [46]
    Sega Mega Drive
    84
    Based on
    32 reviews

    The Lost Vikings

    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
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    PCB
    Mega Drive, EU
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    Cover
    TLV MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    LostVikings MD EU pcb.jpg
    PCB
    Mega Drive, PT

    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

    Mega Drive, AU

    Mega Drive, AU (Silver)
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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 Page

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
    2. GamePro, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 50
    3. Mega, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-21), page 79
    4. Computer & Video Games, "March 1995" (UK; 1995-02-15), page 83
    5. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 61
    6. 6.0 6.1 Games World: The Magazine, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-05-26), page 16
    7. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 18
    8. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 19
    9. File:The Lost Vikings MD US Manual.pdf, page 15
    10. Sega Visions, "December/January 1993/1994" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 93
    11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
    12. GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
    13. VideoGames, "February 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 63
    14. Mega Play, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 11
    15. Sega Visions, "February/March 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 91
    16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 109
    17. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 118
    18. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 118
    19. Computer & Video Games, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-15), page 44
    20. Digitiser (UK) (1994-05-24)
    21. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
    22. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 327
    23. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 128
    24. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 3 March 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 1
    25. Gamers, "März 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 30
    26. GamesMaster, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 102
    27. Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 64
    28. MAN!AC, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-13), page 63
    29. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 59
    30. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 50
    31. Mega Action, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 26
    32. Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 104
    33. Mega Machines, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-09), page 70
    34. MegaTech, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-21), page 70
    35. Mean Machines Sega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-11-30), page 68
    36. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 84
    37. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 104
    38. Sega Magazine, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 94
    39. Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 36
    40. Sega Pro, "February 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 36
    41. Sega Zone, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-23), page 64
    42. Sega Force, "2/94" (SE; 1994-02-23), page 8
    43. Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video!, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
    44. Sonic the Comic, "June 24th 1994" (UK; 1994-06-11), page 10
    45. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 107
    46. Video Games, "4/94" (DE; 1994-03-23), page 88


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