Episode 20: The Lost Vikings

What happens when you fuse two different genres together?  Sometimes you discover something special, like action-rpgs, which go on to become a dominant force in the industry at large.  But there are other combinations that have struggled to reach that kind of prominence. Way back in 1992, Blizzard tried to make a side-scrolling puzzle/platformer called The Lost Vikings, a game where the player takes control of 3 vikings in turn, all with unique strengths and weaknesses.  Only by working as a team can they overcome the many challenges in their way. Does this lead to a compelling gameplay experience, or is Blizzard right to have never remade this game, giving them only cameo appearances in other more successful titles?

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On this episode, we discuss:

  • Are difficult platforming and light puzzle solving a match made in heaven?  Or do they have competing priorities that lead to a confused experience?

  • Titles like Super Meat Boy and Celeste are covered with insta-death obstacles, but are usually 1 screen challenges.  Is insta-death still fun on much larger levels?

  • The Lost Vikings is yet another title without a music volume slider.  Who figured out that there was a music mute button, and who suffered through 11 hours of pain?

We answer these questions, and many more, on the 20th episode of the Retro Spectives Podcast!

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The Lost Vikings is a completely FREE game!
If you wish to give it a go yourself then this title can be found on Blizzard’s Website.


Intro Music: KieLoBot - Tanzen K
Outro Music: Rockit Maxx - One point to another
The Lost Vikings OST (SNES Version): Charles Deenan