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...
User reviews: Very Positive (687 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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October 8

Volgarr Owners: 25% Off Gauntlet Coupon

Hey Vikings,

Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros., anyone who owns Volgarr will have a 25% Off coupon for Gauntlet. Cool!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/258970

Check your inventory, and don't shoot the food.

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September 23

Steam Curator Pages Are Here

Hey Team,

We've got a Steam Curator page going that features all our games, plus a few personal faves. We'll try to update it regularly, so please give us a follow.

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/5635894/

We hate how much we love you,

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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
  • Dinput and Xinput support for controllers
  • Steam achievements and leaderboards
  • Multiple paths through the game and multiple endings
  • Awesome retro-style game manual!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • DirectX: Version 7.1
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Volgarr the Viking is definitely in my top 5 favorite game on steam !


this game is so cruel , but a fair one, you need to have a good awareness of your surroundings and take time to understand and learn patern , it's kinda like a action chess game its so methodical yet with brutal action.

Best retro oldschool sidescroller in years
Posted: September 29
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Manly game for men. Challenging old school action platformer. Don't expect a cakewalk.

Features two different playthroughs with Path of the Crystal and Path of the Valkyrie. Game has 6 worlds and each world except the first one has 2 different versions. Path of the Crystal versions are normal/casual (by no means does this imply that those levels are easy) where you have unlimited lives, while Path of the Valkyrie ones are not necessarily harder in their design, just that the full playthrough on those is more hardcore as your lives are limited.

Old school controlls. Doesn't require a controller imo, only 2 buttons + arrows keys are involved and you can't really control the jump once commited.
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
whatever you do, dont decide to make a drinking game with ur friend the first time you ever play this game...

otherwise... this game is the best drinking game ever... take a shot/sip whenever you die... and whenever you die you gotta pass the controller on lol.... fun times...

in all seriousness, this game is a blast from the past and a reminder of how hard games used to be... if your bored playing the same old on the rails ez pz stuff you see nowadays, give volgarr a spin!

you finally get past the first level thinking your a boss... only to realize lvl 2 is 2 times harder... once u get to level 3... well then i guess you realize the game has just begun lol
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Now that I'm a working adult, I rarely have the energy or time to play games. Even the most engaging epics (Xenoblade Chronicles, Skyrim, etc) can only hold my attention for a few hours, MAX, before I need to do something else. Maybe it's because they don't feel as rewarding any more, or the stories just aren't as engaging as they used to be, but I know that I peeled off the "hardcore" label from my gamer card long ago.

I tell you this anecdote because I just spent nearly 10 straight hours playing Volgarr, and didn't even realize it.

This game is a pungent distillation of everything that I loved and hated about video games in the 80's and 90's. Back then, memory was at a premium, so in order to make a game feel like it was worth the $50 price tag, developers make them hard as nails in order to extend the play time you would need to devote in order to complete the game. This meant hours upon hours of committing each level, every enemy and all the boss patterns to muscle memory, and knowing how to react in each situation. It was an arduous process, but when you finally mastered a level and beat the boss, you felt like you had accomplished something. I realized, upon completing Volgarr, that this is what I had been missing from most modern games, where victory is all but ensured.

Volgarr is hard. Words like brutal and unforgiving don't really do it justice. Its smartly hard. I had quite a bit of trouble with the game, and actually gave it up for almost a year after I got stuck on stage 2. When I finally picked it back up this weekend, I approached it as a puzzle game; each encounter, every enemy's placement and movement, was done with care - all I had to do was find the pattern and "solve" the puzzle with Volgarr's moveset. This made every advancement feel like a real victory, and this game is one of the first in a long time to elicit actual cheers of joy when I completed a stage for the first time.

Volgarr never felt cheap, exploitative, or unfair. I died hundreds of times, repeating stages over and over, but it never made me angry or frustrated, only determined. Determined because every playthrough got me a little bit further: into the next room, understanding a new monster's attack pattern, or solving a new section of platforming. Every death had an "aha!" moment attached to it. If I died at a section I had played through before, it was 100% my fault. Overall randomness is low, so it is extremely rare that a strategy you succeeded with once will fail the next time.

I could wax poetic telling you about how good the controls feel, or the quality of graphics and music, but there are lots of other reviews for that. I simply wish to convey how satisfying this game is to play, and how accomplished I felt (and hopefully, you will too) when I beat each and every stage. I experienced a range of emotions, from trepidation, anger, fear and elation, something that few modern games can achieve, even with their grandiose storytelling and advanced visual presentation.

I'm not going to assign a number value to my review, because I think that trying to quantify any gaming experience is fairly pointless. Games aren't commodities with certain valuable characteristics, like a vacuum cleaner or toaster oven. Ultimately, what each person gets out of a game really depends on what they expect, what they like from an interactive experience, and how the game meets those needs. Games, in this regard, are like art, and you can't rate art, you can only relate how it makes you feel.

Volgarr challenged me, it made me feel young again, and it gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I dig it.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Pretty much Ghouls n' Ghosts 2
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
A fun challenging game that requires you to sit down for a while and commit to beating a level, which is not often shown in most games nowadays. Definitely worth it if you want a challenging old style game that makes you feel like a viking badass
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Ball crushingly hard but fair…. It’s not like dark souls where you can just die, in this game if you die it’s your fault.
I’ve never once got mad at this game, just myself for how incompetent I was.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Volgarr the Viking feels like you're playing a piano where the keys are sharp blades.

The songs are the levels. They are painful to learn but when you pull it off right it feels damn good.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
This game isn't meant for people who expect it to be some fun story ride, it will ♥♥♥♥ your ♥♥♥. The enemies and enviornment will give you no mercy. The bosses won't give a damn what you're thinking as they will go balls deep the instant they get the chance. So if you aren't ready to be a badass, then don't buy this piece of gold.
Posted: September 30
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
I get the premise behind this game, it's supposed to be a fun challenging platform satire. But it's not fun. It's not fun, not enjoyable, and not even remotely entertaining except to see what ludicrously impossible challenge the game throws at you next.

Don't buy this game.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Horrible game play. I can't believe I wasted money on this....
Posted: October 11
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Isn't this 90% the same as the old arcade classic Rastan ? The maps, the sword, just about everything. Only difference is the graphics.

Posted: October 12
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Dark souls: Prepare to Die Edition? That's cute.
Posted: October 1
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1.0 hrs on record
This game is really fun, but really really hard. It is very remniscient of the NES and SNES era of games, in that it is extremely unforgiving, but it is well worth it and is very satisfying when the player is successful. It's also really fun to walk around with a flaming sword killing lizard men.
Posted: September 26
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8.3 hrs on record
I'll keep this simple. Watch the videos above. Did it look cool to you? Buy this game. It emulates perfectly the feeling of playing one of the old arcade games that were fun enough to eat all of your quarters. The only difference is, you have infinite quarters. My first sitting with this game is 6 hours. I did not intend to play that long, as there were another couple of games that I purchased awating my attention. Also, I can get easily burned out on these types of games, so that also speaks volumes. If this were that caliber of game, I would've given it only 45 minutes to an hour (15-20 minutes if it was a dissapointment) of my time before ending the session. I was just about to play this game right now, but I felt a motivation to type out this recomendation. Now I'm going to play it. Thanks for stopping by, and reading. Have a good one.
Posted: October 19
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29.5 hrs on record
Volgarr the viking is a very difficult game, sometimes frustating, but also awesome and rewarding when you accomplish things. I totally upvote it
Posted: October 17
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16.3 hrs on record
I keep coming back to this. It's a blast. Highly recommend if you have a soft spot for side-view platformers of days long past.
Posted: October 20
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0.1 hrs on record
It's a very good game with decent graphic to be honest, it just matched with the price (I bought it with coupon) that gave.

As you can see the tags above on the store page, it says.... DIFFICULT, Yes, the game is pretty much difficult (imagine first time playing Contra game series) for the first time. I would say I can enjoy the game after you learned the mechanic well. But don't rage and expect 2 hit kill from the mobs that attacking you. ;)
Posted: October 9
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29.5 hrs on record
The God Hand of platformers, the 2D Dark Souls, the "brutally difficult but deterministic and fair" cliché, Völgarr is so tightly designed it's currently strangling me and I'm going to die of good game
Posted: September 28
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4.9 hrs on record
This is a great designed platform game. But makes you go nuts. It's not a bad game but it's not for me. I just can't recommend it if you don't want to mess up your nerves...
Posted: September 27
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