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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Very Positive (16 reviews) - 87% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,545 reviews) - 86% of the 1,545 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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Very Positive (16 reviews)
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Rachel-sama
6.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
For BDSM lover
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Alfio Rosario
22.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Must play. Gameplay, difficulty, graphics, music and MUSIC! Too much fun, here
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themastertrevor
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
always a good way to deflate my ego.
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TheMAM
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
The thing about this game is that it is indeed a difficult platformer. But take it from me, you will get used to the controls, you will memorize the relatively well-designed level patterns, and most of all, you will feel freaking amazing finishing a level and defeating a boss for the first time, and will even feel even more amazing beating the level and boss all without getting hit once.

If you want a fair, rewarding challenge, get this game right now. Grow a pair while there's sanity to spare.
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Tokage
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Playing this game made me feel like I was in the middle of some bigass crowded arcade some quarter of a century in the past, a throng of others standing behind me and cheering me on.

This is twice as impressive because I've never actually been to a real arcade, let alone having anyone cheer for me.

If you remember tough-as-balls arcade games from that time, then this'll probably be for you.
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Jetti
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
I thought this game was awesome until I played more than 30 seconds of it. I wish i wouldn't have purchased this tbh
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Bloodhound66
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game is fun. But i don't like how you have to start all over when you die. I wish it were an option to play with or without that feature engaged. It's far too difficult for me to beat this game playing that way. However if youre up to a challenge i would recommend this game.
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wickedcity1234
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
Proper old school arcade action in the style of Rastan except better. Tough but fun - I keep returning to it.
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Amirjian
18.4 hrs
Posted: August 7
Every time you start this game it´s the ultimate viking vibe.
You are the chosen warrior and every aspect of the game just feels hardcore. It´s perfect.
Then you get to the first level and get beaten up like the little noob you are. You instantly know that it´s going to be tough and that you have to learn to get better. But since you are the most badass guy known to mankind, you will learn with every death. And every time you do, you will feel stronger and more powerful.

Sidenote: If you get frustrated with the game, try to take a break. I usually play it for about 15 minutes and then switch to something else. I always like to start and end my gaming sessions with Völgarr, because then I have some time to think about it and get room to try out new things. The game wants you to learn and learning somtimes takes a little while.
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TheMadMardo
92.0 hrs
Posted: August 4
I was addicted to this game for several weeks. This was a very difficult game to finish but was fun as hell.

I highly recommend playing this game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Proper old school arcade action in the style of Rastan except better. Tough but fun - I keep returning to it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Playing this game made me feel like I was in the middle of some bigass crowded arcade some quarter of a century in the past, a throng of others standing behind me and cheering me on.

This is twice as impressive because I've never actually been to a real arcade, let alone having anyone cheer for me.

If you remember tough-as-balls arcade games from that time, then this'll probably be for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Every time you start this game it´s the ultimate viking vibe.
You are the chosen warrior and every aspect of the game just feels hardcore. It´s perfect.
Then you get to the first level and get beaten up like the little noob you are. You instantly know that it´s going to be tough and that you have to learn to get better. But since you are the most badass guy known to mankind, you will learn with every death. And every time you do, you will feel stronger and more powerful.

Sidenote: If you get frustrated with the game, try to take a break. I usually play it for about 15 minutes and then switch to something else. I always like to start and end my gaming sessions with Völgarr, because then I have some time to think about it and get room to try out new things. The game wants you to learn and learning somtimes takes a little while.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This game is fun. But i don't like how you have to start all over when you die. I wish it were an option to play with or without that feature engaged. It's far too difficult for me to beat this game playing that way. However if youre up to a challenge i would recommend this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
92.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I was addicted to this game for several weeks. This was a very difficult game to finish but was fun as hell.

I highly recommend playing this game
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
236 of 251 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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.
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145 of 159 people (91%) found this review helpful
140 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Played for 15 minutes before I needed a break playing something easier, like Dark Souls or something.
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97 of 108 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2013
I've finally beaten it. And what a game it's been. A testament to classic, hardcore, do-or-die Arcade platformers, Volgarr the Viking never disappointed me. Each level was cooler than the one before and I've only even played the "normal" levels. That's right, the game has "hardcore" levels which you unlock by basically playing the game flawlessly.

It's hard and the "checkpoints" aren't generous, if at all present. Each level is divided in 2 parts, with a boss at the end of the second. If you stop playing, you can skip levels, but you'll always start at the first part. I had to replay each level from the start a few times and didn't really have a problem with it. It's that good.

I've read a few negative comments on its brutal "save"-system which isn't really present at all. But don't let that hinder you. It's fantastic, stylish and I love it. It's metal. If there ever was a present-day word to describe this game, then it's metal. It's so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ metal. Vikings are cool characters to begin with, but this guy... Just, ♥♥♥♥.
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122 of 156 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
This game is so good that I wrote a poem about it in the style of Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, in a bid to entice one of my friends to give it a chance.

Men of courage! Listen to my challenge!
My name is known in the northern lands and beyond,
And my deeds are famed far and wide.
Volgarr I am, the most valiant of shield-bearers,
The adventurer and slayer of ancient gods.
Let this hall's strong pillars and hearty ale protect us
From the rain's cold water, and the howling wind,
As I stand proud and alone to tell my story.

Sea monsters I have slain, and giant serpents;
Winged beasts; howling barrow-men; bloodthirsty lizards.
My mighty muscles and quick mind protected me,
As they shall serve any of you who now support my cause.
Have courage, and use all your cunning,
and overcome the fear which first strikes all of us.
Those who doubt my deeds will feel my dagger -
Yet, those following my guide will know great glory.

It's also one of very few games to score higher than 10 on my personal rating scale, which is based on how many days it distracted me from Street Fighter 4. It's a good game!
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70 of 80 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
Overview: Retro Style 2D action Platformer

The Good:

+ The developers intentions were to create a retro 2D action game and in many regards succeeded wonderfully. This game is easy to learn but hard to master.

+ Great controls

+ The game is hard only because it requires memorization of the level and enemy patterns to succeed at the game. With only 6 levels each only taking around 10 minutes to complete...IF you know what you're doing. If you are playing for your first time then expect each level to take roughly over an hour to complete.

+ Only one checkpoint per level. (This is an old school 2d action game after all!)

+ The game has a normal path and a hard path to complete. You can only unlock the hard path by successfully collecting treasure chests throughout the level without getting hit.

+Three different endings depending on which path you took.

+ Great sound and music

The Bad:

- Warning! may cause stress, frustration, and other bad feelings.

Conclusion

A game like this is difficult to review in modern times because the developers intention was to create a game a few decades earlier. This game borrows heavily from Ghosts n' Goblins. It was "refreshing" to play an old school game, it makes you realize just how much easier games have come.
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