Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics - simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design - combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of...
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Mostly Positive (34 reviews) - 79% of the 34 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,532 reviews) - 86% of the 1,532 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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Reviews

“...you'll feel like the biggest badass of all time.”
8/10 – Destructoid

“There often comes a time when something magical appears out of nowhere and quickly battles its way straight to your heart.”
5/5 – AppFilm UK

“Crazy Viking Studios nails the concept...”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

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About This Game

Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics - simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design - combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of blood. Flex your gaming muscles and step into the arena with Volgarr the Viking. We dare you.

Key Features

  • Classic hardcore arcade action!
  • Seven worlds to explore across 30+ maps
  • 40+ unique traps and enemies, including screen-filling bosses
  • Thousands of frames of handcrafted pixel animation
  • Orchestrated soundtrack
  • Meticulous control design with full customization
  • Full controller support (including legacy DirectInput devices!)
  • Steam achievements and leaderboards
  • Multiple paths through the game and multiple endings
  • Awesome retro-style game manual!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • DirectX: Version 7.1
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: Intel 2.0GHz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB OpenGL 1.3-compatible
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit Steam Runtime-supported
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB OpenGL 1.3-compatible
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (34 reviews)
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♎ $LUG THA PLUG ♎
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
So hard it isn't even fun. Don't spend your money on this, most players don't even beat the first level.
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bluex44
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
You'll swear that you remember this game from "back in the day" even though it wasn't around when you were a kid. This game is tough, but fair. You will have to memorize where the enemies are, their patterns, and how to defeat them, but not in a way that seems boring, unfair, or cheap. There is a genuine feeling of accomplishment when you figure out how to get through an area. Your deaths (there will be a lot of them) always feel like your fault, and not the fault of the programming. You would have lived if you would have pressed a button just a split second faster, timed a jump a bit better, or remembered to roll at just the right time. The controls are tight and responsive. If you remember the golden age of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis rivalry, you'll feel right at home here. It's tough, but rewarding. you might even rage quit after failing to get through a section over and over, but you'll eventually come back to try again. I highly recommend trying Volgarr the Viking.

As a bonus, there is no long, drawn out story. You start playing immediately. When you die there is no game over screen, you just start again at the last checkpoint. The ability to get into the gameplay so quickly makes this game perfect for picking up and playing when you have a free moment. There is no fluff between you and the action.

NOTE: You CANNOT steer while jumping. Once you commit to a jump, you have to wait for it to play out. This was not a problem for me, I barely even noticed it, but many people can't adjust to this play style. You have been warned.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Szidriv
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Step into the war zone
Cross the thin red line
Gamble with your life
Roll the dice you're mine

Forever a one man army
My reign has no end
A gun fully loaded
The angel of death my friend

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery!
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery!

A bomb set for explosion
Pull the pin, you'll see
Gatling guns hair trigger
Vengeance belongs to me

Tangle with disaster
Death rictus pyre
Judgments hammer
Cut, I bleed fire

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery

Never Surrender
Never Surrender
Never Surrender
Never Surrender!

Blazing into forever
The mantle of justice my crown
Indestructible force
The armor piercing round

Never to be defeated
Standing at the end
Two fisted warrior
The angel of death my friend

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
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The Wizard of OZ | kickback.com
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Great indie game very challenging and very rewarding when u complete a level.
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MetalDRed
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Its Volgarr the Viking!!
I havit on the Xbox.
Its a game i go back to and play, when i kill time.
a little hard and challenging.
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Man Quail
( 25.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
*THE VERDICT IS CLEARLY OUTLINED BELOW*

Prepare to bite your tongue and grit your teeth because "Volgarr the Viking" is HARD. Proudly flaunting that "old school" platforming difficulty that so many games go for these days this game truly nails it. Overall the game is fun. It has some good music, it controlls pretty well overall (although I personally would have liked a little more air maneuvarability when jumping), and the gameplay is satisfying. The choice to block with your shield, try to hack an enemy down with your sword (which like the whip in old school "Castlevania" games has a rythm to it and cannot be spammed for rapid damage), knowing whether or not to use an evasive roll or jump and the use of long range spears which can also act as platforms when thrown in to walls make for satisfying combat that tests not only your reflexes, but your know how. The level design, while nothing extrodanarily special is pretty good overall, with a few really cool stages in there (I particularly like the horror themed levels filled with all of the dead vikings). The same can also be said about the game's bosses: pretty good with a couple of stand-outs. My biggest issue with this game, however, is just how difficult it is in conjunction with level length and lack of check-points. You get unlimited lives (Odin be praised), but if you die it's back to the beginning of the level. While these levels aren't incredibly long, these aren't the kinds of levels like in "Super Mario Bros." where you can get through in about a minute or less if you know what your doing, either. With each death I found myself, almost as if on instinct alone, quickly and precisely getting to where I died, getting past it, dying again, rinse and repeat. Needless to say this could be a bit tiresome from the repetive nature of its difficulty at times and a mid-level checkpoint would work wonders to alleviate this conundrum.

VERDICT
"Volgarr the Viking" is tough as rusty, flaming nails and will surely cause some serious rage, especially since it could really use some mid-level checkpoints to help keep playing the same level you get stuck on (which in my case was most of the levels; seriously this is HARD) seem less repetitive. However, pretty tight controls, fun combat and platforming, mixed with manly viking tunes make this game a treat to anyone who can handle a truly difficult game that even puts some of its "old school tough" ancestors to shame.
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kadifa
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
An old style game... so ♥♥♥♥ing hard and enjoyable
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Yube
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Fun game ruined by the abysmal jumping mechanics. What a shame.
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sunpire
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
OK well this game was not that hard, I am used to playing hard games, and this was not hard at all... I love retro games and I love a chalenge i.e I love Ghouls 'n' Ghosts... Ghouls 'n' Ghosts this is not.

Volgarr opens and its so freaking epic, then you try and jump and realise the controles are broken and stiff
You cannot steer yourself in the air as you can in a mario or metroidvania games for instance, the game is not hard just unfair with cheap deaths, crappy controle and slow as a snail movement.

However everything ellse is excelent, animations are awesome, music is cool, and the art style is rich with detail.
I hate to give negative reviews, but I will not blow smoke up this games cheap broken ♥♥♥.

I could have lived with no continues or save feature or password screen, that is 100% cool... even the cheap deaths also cool, but when your freaking hero cannot jump properly and the reason I died 97 times in a row is because of the jumping mechanic is broken, well that calls for a thumbs down.

No excuses for this, the only reason this game is hard is because of that stupid freaking jump, and I refuse to re-learn how to jump in a game because the devs thought it was funny.

This could have been such an awesome game, it's a shame a real shame... However if you are looking for something to make you pull out your nose hairs then this might be for you.
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AWotKing
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
A hard-core retro-like platformer that is frustrating, but rewarding.

Rating: 7/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Hard as balls in winter. This game has the unforgiving nature of games that came out for the NES or the SEGA. What i mean is that u progress little by little having to learn enemy partners and enemy layouts on the level before u can final complete the level kind of like when u first play a level in megaman. You have 1 life as u progress thro the level u can pick up armor that increases ur health by 1. Everything in this game wants u dead and it will more then likely take u multiple attempts and deaths to beat the first level and every level after that. The rage this game invokes is up there on the super meat boy levels. I only recommend this game to people who are dedicated players otherwise u will play get frustrated and prolly rage quit. That being said its not a bad game its a very good game but a very difficult game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A challenge! Well designed for the most part and fun to play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
10/10 - Would ragethrow my controller across the room again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The game was so tough even Loki wearing a t-shirt declaring his love for me couldn't soften my pain during the experience.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Step into the war zone
Cross the thin red line
Gamble with your life
Roll the dice you're mine

Forever a one man army
My reign has no end
A gun fully loaded
The angel of death my friend

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery!
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery!

A bomb set for explosion
Pull the pin, you'll see
Gatling guns hair trigger
Vengeance belongs to me

Tangle with disaster
Death rictus pyre
Judgments hammer
Cut, I bleed fire

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery

Never Surrender
Never Surrender
Never Surrender
Never Surrender!

Blazing into forever
The mantle of justice my crown
Indestructible force
The armor piercing round

Never to be defeated
Standing at the end
Two fisted warrior
The angel of death my friend

Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
Heavy, Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Great Odin's Raven! Such a well balance of difficulty and playability I'm not even mad, I'm impressed!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I enjoy getting my ♥♥♥ kicked by this game every once in a while.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Most fustrating game I ever played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
You'll swear that you remember this game from "back in the day" even though it wasn't around when you were a kid. This game is tough, but fair. You will have to memorize where the enemies are, their patterns, and how to defeat them, but not in a way that seems boring, unfair, or cheap. There is a genuine feeling of accomplishment when you figure out how to get through an area. Your deaths (there will be a lot of them) always feel like your fault, and not the fault of the programming. You would have lived if you would have pressed a button just a split second faster, timed a jump a bit better, or remembered to roll at just the right time. The controls are tight and responsive. If you remember the golden age of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis rivalry, you'll feel right at home here. It's tough, but rewarding. you might even rage quit after failing to get through a section over and over, but you'll eventually come back to try again. I highly recommend trying Volgarr the Viking.

As a bonus, there is no long, drawn out story. You start playing immediately. When you die there is no game over screen, you just start again at the last checkpoint. The ability to get into the gameplay so quickly makes this game perfect for picking up and playing when you have a free moment. There is no fluff between you and the action.

NOTE: You CANNOT steer while jumping. Once you commit to a jump, you have to wait for it to play out. This was not a problem for me, I barely even noticed it, but many people can't adjust to this play style. You have been warned.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
So hard it isn't even fun. Don't spend your money on this, most players don't even beat the first level.
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