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The Lost Vikings

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The Lost Vikings
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher:
Interplay (US), Ballistic (US; Rerelease), Virgin Interactive (EU)
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
    $59.95More...[1] T-125016
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    (Rerelease)
    $? T-119216
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £39.99More...[3] T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    ?F T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM ? T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ES
    ?Ptas T-70226-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    ?PTE$ 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 (these are stages 11, 18, 19, 25 and 37). 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.

    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 NESMore...[5], being Silicon & Synapse's first Sega project.

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

    EGM US 052.pdf

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

    GamePlayers US 0612.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Game Players (US) #0612: "Vol. 6 No. 12 December 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
    also published in:

    Mega UK 20.pdf

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

    VD 60 RU.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #60 (2002-09-05)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    88 More...[14]
    68 More...[15]
    84 №0703More...[16]
    85 More...[17]
    89 №13, p102
    91 More...[18]
    88 №17, p59-61
    91 More...[19]
    89 №11, p26-27
    89 №2, p70-71
    84 More...[20]
    92 More...[21]
    88 More...[22]
    87 №50, p36-38
    87 №28, p36-37
    89 №15, p64-65
    85 More...[23]
    86 №28, p10-11
    Sega Mega Drive
    87
    Based on
    18 reviews

    Mega Drive, US (Interplay)
    TLV MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, US (Ballistic)
    TLV MD US Box Ballistic.jpg
    Cover
    TLV MD US Cart Ballistic.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU
    TLV MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    TLV MD EU Cart.jpg
    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