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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Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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“'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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • DirectX: Version 7.1
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Yes this plays like Rastan. (Go SMS version!) heh.

But God damn I'm too old for this hardcore beat down anymore. A few extra checkpoints would've made this game much less repetitive and a lot more fun.

It's still a good game with a really atmospheric soundtrack so I'm still giving a thumbs up.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Another game where "hard game" actually means poor game mechanics. Jumping is a nightmare, a strategy game on its own. "It's not a bug it's a feature". If people can't get through your "tutorial level", maybe you should think over stuff. Problem is, sometimes in the past, games were really as hard as this one. OUT OF NECESSITY! Or poor design choices. We should be past that, but now we make it a "feature". Dark Souls fans, here ya go, this one is a gem for you.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Only play if you like dying and repeating the same rooms for hours.
I have tried several set ups, keyboard and controllers (steam and xbox) but to no avail. This game is just batshit insane hard and I can't get past the second crystal in nearly 2 hears. I am all for old school fun and challenge but this went too far. I am sure some folks have a lot of fun with it, but I am not this much of a glutten for punishment.
I grew up playing mario and duckhunt, so hard isn't outside of my scope. This is just ridiculous and isn't so much a game of skill as it is just enemy position memory and level layout. The character is clunky too, megaman is smooth as silk, volgarr moves like a 2d resident evil character.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
only for hardcore players.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game is manly!

What can I say about this game? It's just perfect in it's own way. From the presentation, right down to the gameplay. And let's not forget one of the most epic soundtracks I have ever heard. Perfect for fans of Conan The Barbarian, and that old fasioned hard core difficulty of the 90s.

This game will put hair on your chest! The level design might look bland from a distance, but when you're in the thick of it, it's perfectly designed around all of Vulgarr's moveset. It'll test your metal with obstacles that require perfect timing of double jumping, quick thinking to get out and around traps, and sword play against enemies that are all completely unique from one another.

And, depending on your level of skill, there are 3 different endings to find. If you can't handle playing the game in one sitting, you can skip ahead to levels you played, before you actually take on the final boss to get ending C. For ending B, once you've had some practice, take on the game for real and play all the way to the end. For ending A, you're going to have to pump up and get some hidden collectables that'll act like lives to play through a completely alternate path. So there is a lot of replayability with this amazing game, that you should definitly start playing right now!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Extremely difficult but finally beat it after many repeated attempts. I have respect for anyone else who was able to finish this.
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240 of 256 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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147 of 162 people (91%) found this review helpful
147 people found this review funny
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
17.0 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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123 of 157 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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161.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
It's a really nice game and in the end i still can recommend it (especially on sales) to everyone who can forgive imperfection in detail.

You can double jump, dodge, charge your spear to increase damage and range, have a flaming sword (with increased damage compared to the standard sword) and, the most amazing thing: you are a viking.

On the other hand:
- you have to press a movement-direction-button (left or right) with your second jump, because you jump straight upward without a direction-button.
- you can't move while crouching, so you have to dodge instead.
- after beating a stage and restarting the game, you have to visit all previous stages and move to the left in order to come to the next stage. There is no way to just choose the stage.
- you have to beat a stage in his normal version again in order to come to the harder versions of the stages. Also means there is no harder version of stage 1.

[Version of the game: 1.36c, just in case some things change in the future]
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
Lacks the charm real retro games have. Can't see myself playing it again
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145.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
I played this game one time, but my profile says I've played it for 145 hours.

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10.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
would buy a new controller again.

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60.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
- Very difficult, but fair.
- Great, precise movement controls.
- No metagame upgrades - the difficulty depends solely on the skill of the player.
- Beautiful 2D graphics.
- Addictive.
- No plot.
- Captures the feel of the 90s platformers very well.
- Great for speedrunning.
- No in-air control, takes some time to get used to.
- Can be frustrating at times.

The thing to understand about Volgarr is that it's less a true platformer, and more a real-time puzzle masquerading as one. Each level consists of a string of little areas with some platforms, enemies, and sometimes environmental hazards. And in each area there is at least one series of actions, that, one you've found it, will allow you to path unscathed 100% of the time. At first, figuring out how to pass each area requires a lot of trial and error. But as you get used to controls, and learn enemy movement and attack patterns, you'll be able to come up with solutions on the fly. This actually makes the alternative "hard" path of the game somewhat easier than the "easy" path, as by the time you attempt to do it, you're much better at the game.
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10.3 hrs
Posted: September 10
DISCLAIMER: This is a first impressions review, and NOT a full review, if you want a full review, then please read better reviews then mine

Volgarr the Viking is a game developed by Crazy Viking Studios and published by Adult Swim Games. This game is very challenging

I will only recommend this game, if you want a very challenging but a good well designed game. If you are looking for a game that you can simply breeze through, stay far, far away from this game

This game is very responsive and accurate with its controls however it is strongly recommended to play with a controller

Overall, this is a well-designed, albeit very challenging, action platformer. It has stiff jumping mechanics, challenging level design, two-hit deaths, and a medieval/fantasy setting in the format of an action platformer

I would only recommend it to people who really want a challenge, otherwise, steer clear away from Volgarr the Viking

Also, best to play with a controller
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