Zombie Vikings. The name is enticing. I certainly do love vikings, and zombies are still cool..ish, so I was excited to give this game a shot. The basic premise is that you are one of four different zombie vikings summoned to life by the Norse god Odin, to recover his one good eye from the trickster Loki.
The first thing that catches your eye is the unique art style. It is different and interesting to look at, and certainly fits right in to what the game is trying to be.
You choose from four different characters to play from in each level: The very tiny and very spiky Hedgy, the large armored Gunborg, the small but powerful Caw-Kaa, or the “has-an-Octopus-for-a-stomach” Seagurd. Each character plays very similarly, with each having a unique special move. For me, it came down to which one I thought looked the coolest, as none of the special moves really appealed to me one way or another.
The gameplay wasn’t at all a game changer or impressive. It feels nearly identical to other games in the genre, wrapped in a different package. That’s not to say it isn’t fun, or a good game; it’s just that nothing about it really stands out among other games in the genre. Simplistic controls and a low difficulty level means that even the most novice of gamers will be able to be successful playing this game.
The first boss you run into was pretty obviously a throwback reference to one of my favorite characters of all time, “Earthworm Jim”. That was a positive point in the play through, as appealing to a players nostalgia is a path straight to their heart if executed well.
As far as the writing and humor in the story goes, there were some moments that gave me a slight smirk, but it seemed to rely mostly on crude bodily fluid humor. If you love poop jokes, you will most likely love the humor in here. For me, it wasn’t really doing much.
Overall, a fun game that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, but still manages to be a fun mindless game to play with your buddies. I can’t recommend it fully at the $19.99 price point on Steam, but if you can grab it for $5 -$10 during a sale, do it.
Ryan’s rating: 5 out of 10 random Octopus appendages.
If you’re looking for more information, check out Zombie Vikings here – Zoink Games Website
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