From the creators of indie smash hit Stick It to The Man! comes a new one to four-player co-op stab-you-in-the-gut-a-thon. Embark on a dead funny adventure with the Zombie Vikings. A putrid posse sent on a mission through the most epic of worlds to retrieve Odin’s lost eye.
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Release Date: Dec 7, 2015

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“Zombie Vikings is really funny and has lots of style! Just like real vikings!”
Tim Schafer

“If you have not played this game you are definitely missing out on something spectacular.”
4 Guys with Quarters

“If you enjoy beat ‘em ups, witty dialogue, great voice acting, fantastic characters and a bonkers storyline you will love Zombie Vikings.”
Punk and Lizard

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From the creators of indie smash hit Stick It to The Man! comes a new one to four-player co-op stab-you-in-the-gut-a-thon. Embark on a dead funny adventure with the Zombie Vikings. A putrid posse sent on a mission through the most epic of worlds to retrieve Odin’s lost eye.

Play as the most fearsome Vikings ever raised from Norse soil – Gunborg, Seagurd, Hedgy and Caw-kaa. Hack through the gingerbread swamps of Molgaga! Cruise through the intestines of the Midgaard Serpent! Fight giant poultry!

  • Co-op story brawler for 1-4 players
  • Single-player and online/offline multiplayer
  • Written by Zach Weinersmith (SMBC Comics)
  • +25 levels in 8 different worlds. Plus 5 Versus Arenas!
  • Choose among four different Zombie Vikings, each with unique power moves
  • Over 40 unlockable weapons. Try out Stinknir or Blunt Fish Trauma!
  • Collect Viking Runes to gain new cool abilities. Mix up your style of play!
  • Stitch all your friends together into a giant mega Zombie. Working together is fun!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.1 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 520 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
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5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
What is it?

While Zombie Vikings retains much of the look and some of the comedic style from Zoink's first game Stick it to the Man!, it is a very different game that can be essentially described as an arcade-style beat em' up. Players can choose from one of four different characters which all have their own unique set of attacks and feel to them and then progress through a series of levels which are mostly straight-forward, but occasionally have hidden side quest objectives too.

Some may compare the gameplay to Castle Crashers, and they wouldn't be wrong for the most part, however Zombie Vikings does have less RPG elements with its lack of a leveling system. While there is no character leveling progression, there still are quite a few weapons to find, purchase, and collect throughout the journey each which have their own stats and unique effects. In addition there are also trinkets which provide passive benefits as well.

While the game is clearly designed with co-op in mind as can be seen in the ability to pick up and throw other players and through portions where all players are sewn together into one giant zombie viking, it can still be played solo. When going solo players are accompanied by a unicorn pig which will fire a cannon when players hit it.

Story is a relatively strong element, which shouldn't be a surprise if you've played Zoink's first game. Expect plenty of cutscenes and comedic dialogue between characters that makes the game feel like an interactive Saturday morning cartoon of sorts. To set the story up without spoiling anything, Odin has resurrected four zombie vikings to send them on a quest to retrieve his eye which has been stolen.

While you won't see a lot of depth in the gameplay of Zombie Vikings, it's not something that should disappoint as often times the fun of the beat em' genre lies directly with its lack of it since you can sit on a couch and enjoy it with just about any type or skill of gamer.

What's Good?

- Each character truly felt unique with their basic and special attacks
- A decent amount of weapons and trinkets to collect each which have their own unqiue stats and effects
- Optional side quests during levels
- Designed with co-op in mind rather than just tacked on thanks to features like being able to pick eachother up and toss them around and form into one giant sewn up zombie viking
- Solid controls with support for both keyboard and controllers and remappable bindings
- Great art style from Stick it to the Man! returns
- Fun and zany soundtrack

What's Bad:

- During actual levels the framerate feels noticeably less smooth than the cutscenes which are smooth as butter. I was a bit baffled because FRAPS reported it was running at 60 FPS meaning maybe this is just the way it is supposed to animate.
- For everyone but the host, the online co-op experience is not very good at the moment. Expect weird animation lag which takes away from the fun of combat as well as gold pick ups not even appearing meaning the host can snag all your precious gold before you.
- I would have liked to see more lite RPG elements. Even a simple leveling system would have made me feel more invested into a particular character making the experience better overall.

Neutral Thoughts
- The humor will really resonate with some and leave others possibly annoyed with its mix of childish and immature sometimes mature humor. If you like beat em' ups however I wouldn't be too concerned whether the game will make you laugh or not.

Should You Buy It?: A BIG Maybe

It's very frustrating with this game, because I do love the art style and beat em' ups are one of my favorite types of games, however certain issues did kind of ruin the experience for me to an extent. While I can't speak for the PlayStation 4 version which may function flawlessly, I can't recommend picking this game up if you were planning on playing it with friends online because of the lag issues. If you want to play locally it is a different story as it is more enjoyable, however still kind of held back by the strange framerate issues which both myself and another friend experienced on our machines. It's a good game simply held back by technical issues, so while I can't easily recommend buying it right this moment, it could switch to a yes with a simple patch that fixes these framerate animation and lag issues. However, if you were planning on playing locally and aren't too picky about framerate, then by all means go ahead and buy as it should be a great experience for you. I really dislike Steam's two option review system as this game is definintely not an outright no, but at the same time I can't just recommend it everyone, but for now I'll leave it with a Yes and hope people actually read reviews.
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
Let's start with a sexual innuendo shall we?
Now that's a way to kick off a game eh?

Developer: Zoink Games
Publisher: Zoink Games
Release Date: December 7th, 2015

Zombies sure are cool. But Vikings are just way cooler!

That’s right I said coolio. Deal with it.

It was a peaceful day. Odin, the Allfather, was just sitting, alone, in his chamber and polishing his rod so he has the SPARKLIEST STAFF IN VALHALL! (For everyone who’s now thinking about something specific … You’re an idiot. And I like you.) Anyway here comes Loki to ruin the day! (yay…). Since Odin cares about Lokis feelings (no one should it seems) he’s caught off guard and Loki steals Odins good eye! Furious he’s now summoning four mighty Warriors to go on a Quest to retrieve his mighty (and good) eye!

That’s basically the Story in a nutshell. And boy it’s tons of fun.

Disclaimer: I will be using the totally not made up term Ziking whenever I refer to the mighty zombie vikings.

Probably the weakest point of the whole game. I love everything, especially the humour, yet the gameplay is nothing groundbreaking but it’s not bad either. It’s stable and it suits the game pretty well. It’s advertized as a co-op game and I’ve had the chance to play it with someone but more on that later. Even if you don’t have any friends (no biggie so don’t cry buddy) the game gives you a trusty companion … A Unipig! Basically it’s just a pig but it has a horn on his forehead which reminds me of a Unicorn and sooooo … UNIPIG WAS BORN!
Anyway you can use your unipig for everything you’d use one of your trusty undead but cool viking companions. He’s just not dealing any damage on it’s own but that’s alright. It’s busy looking cute anyway.

The game features a main story line (duh) and a bunch of side quests. The good thing is that you can revisit every level if you’ve missed a quest or just want to farm some more gold.

Gold? Yes that’s right gold! I mean come one what do the vikings do best besides fighting and drinking mead? PLUNDER! They love to plunder! You’ll come across chests and crates which you can destroy in order to get yourself some of the shiny gold which you can then use to upgrade your characters.

Before a level you have the chance to choose one of four characters, a weapon and a rune for your prefered ziking. The good thing is that once you’ve purchased a weapon or a rune you’re also able to equip your others characters with it. Which is a good thing so you’re not bound to use one character the entire time and at the same time it prevents the game from turning into a grindfest. My personal favorite so far is the Rune of Nothing (without any magical abilities).
Sounds awesome right? And the best part? It’s free! But if you’re one of those rich folks well then you’re also to buy runes which will increase your health points or your damage.
The weapons come in all sorts of shapes and … they’re awesome.
I’m giving you two examples or rather my favorites so far.
First up is Stinknir! Basically it’s a Skunk strapped to a hilt and it’s awesome!
Next up is the sword that made me cry tears of joy and break it in a maniac laughter … It’s the one … the only … the mighty … Snord! And it’s called … GESUNDHEIT!
Oh I still giggle and probably laughed way harder than I should have at it but boy … it still cracks me up.
Basically it’s a giant (witch) nose strapped to a hilt. It’s just awesome as hell.

Besides that there’s not too much to say about the gameplay. You can play it forever alone or you can play it with up to three friends (but seriously who has so many friends anyway!?) so the choice is yours. And of course it’s more fun with other people.

I do have to say though that at the time I was playing or rather trying to play co-op with someone we’ve ran into several issues. First up the one who has been invited to join a game would only see a black screen. That was fixed after my partner patched the game. But then we’ve suffered from severe lag and from me being unable to see any item drops. Basically I had no chance to grab me some of that shiny gold … Such sad … Much gold … wow.

So I hope it runs better and I’ll update this part in case it does.

First up is CAWW-KAA. A Ziking who was raised by crows and became their queen. She likes goth poetry.
Next up is Seagurd. He’s a Viking, a Zombie and … he’s also an octopus. So basically half Ziking half Squid. Not to mention he’s the nicest of the group. Good Guy Seagurd.
Here comes Gunborg. A big, strong and treasure loving Ziking. She quickly became my favorite.
Last but not least is the crazy one. Hedgy! He’s … special to say the least. The only difference between him being a Zombie and being alive is … not much. He kind of was eating brains and the rest of humans before soooo … not much of a change. He’s definitely fun at parties.

There are other several characters in the game you’ll see like the Maggot King and his Prince and seriously … everyone in this game is messed up and crazy in his or her own way.
For me that means a ton of fun.

So good. So insanely good. It fits the game so well and it doesn’t get boring. I can’t say much more besides … Would you call me crazy if I told you that I’ve listened roughly twenty minutes to the pause screen music? It’s just like with Battletoads back in the day … Insanely good track!

Perfect. It gives the game it’s very own and unique charme. But then again it’s not unique because Stick it to the Man (which is from the same Developer) also uses this art style and I loved it.
There’s also a lot of detail in every character. King Fluffy looks amazing, Hedgy looks good and even the background looks good. Overall it just underlines the humour of the game and at the same time it’s just fun to look at.

This bridge is province of Fluffy’s bandits. That’s why it smells like cat ♥♥♥♥!
- One of Fluffy’s bandits

I have to give a special shout out to whoever is responsible for cracking me up every five minutes.
Who ever you are thank you. I seriously love the humour in the game. It’s dumb, it’s childish, features sexual innuendos … It’s awesome.

What else can I say?
I have been lucky enough to get a Review Key for Zombie Vikings in order to write a blunt and honest to God Review. Just as usual.

Nothing. I’ve said it all. Besides that it’s a rather unique and fun experience. Sure the game’s gameplay is not the newest … catnip (I guess) but hey it’s fun. It has a fun and lovely art style, the characters in it are stupidcrazy and the humour is just so good.
The price might be a bit steep but that’s it.
If they fix the co-op you’ll have one fun game to play with your friends.
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66 of 109 people (61%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015

Please consider this a ‘somewhere in-between’ review rather than a straight up negative review.

Zombie Vikings is an action brawler game developed by Zoink Games. Loki has stolen Odin’s good eye and Odin tasks four Zombie Vikings with the job of retrieving the eye at all costs! Along the way you’ll find yourself faced with a fair few boss fights, some funny moments and bucket loads of loot!

Full Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the developer.


Zombie Vikings appearance is, without a doubt, the best thing about it. It has a unique style which falls somewhere between hand drawn and cartoon-y and it looks great. Everything in the game is well designed too and the character models look good close up as well as zoomed out.


Zombie Vikings’ gameplay consists of moving through levels, killing enemies and collecting loot. It’s really rather simple and while simplistic gameplay can be good, I felt that the gameplay here had a real lack of depth, especially when considering the price of admission. As it’s a brawler game most of the gameplay comes from the combat but unfortunately the combat felt, to me, like it was just button smashing with the occasional break to pick something up and lob it at an enemy. You have three ways of attacking in Zombie Vikings: a regular attack, a signature attack and the ability to pick things up and throw them. Each of these can be charged which, when unleashed, performs a different attack. The signature moves for each character are pretty cool but for the most part I found them to be less effective than just mashing the regular attack button. So just to clarify, what I mean by lack of depth is that it’s basically just button mashing but there’s not really any change in combat from the start of the game to the end and there’s very little difference in difficulty.

As you can probably see, Zombie Vikings is 2.5D, and this works well for the most part. It makes the game more challenging as there’ll be enemies you need to move around to hit and enemies who throw bombs at you will be able to throw them at you even if they’re in front or behind you. The only issue I had with this was that you can’t move forwards or backwards when attacking but you can move left or right, most enemies move around while attacking you so I found it frustrating to not be able to attack them.

The map is effectively split into sections. Each section contains three or four normal levels as well as a boss fight. Since these areas are actually different parts of the in-game world they each have their own enemies as well as appearance etc. Even though they have their own enemies there’s very little variation between enemies with about three enemy types being present in each area, just re-skinned, and then a couple of unique ones per area. While this does allow you to get pretty good at beating those enemies I’m pretty sure that’s not a good thing, it just leads to a lack of variety which I found started to stop me wanting to play more.

The levels themselves are no more complex than my description of them at the start of this section. The only thing I didn’t mention is that most levels have optional side-quests that you can complete, the reward for completing these is a unique weapon. The weapons have their own stats but for the most part they’re all good so you can just choose whichever one you like using the most. As well as weapons you can also equip runes which give you some sort of bonus such as increasing your health or giving you health regeneration.


Zombie Vikings has a great soundtrack. While I didn’t really notice it while playing the game when you’re in a menu or on the map etc. you can really appreciate the good music. The voice acting is also incredibly good in Zombie Vikings. The story is pretty wacky as is the humour and so you really need full commitment from the voice actors and that’s definitely what we’ve got here.

  • Zombie Vikings released with two day one character DLC packs, I’ll let you make your own mind up about this one.
  • The humour is quite specific, not everyone will find it amusing. Despite the fact that it’s not really my kind of humour I did find a few sections rather funny.
  • Loot isn’t shared between co-op characters so you need to decide who gets what.
  • A few people on the forums have complained about performance issues, I personally haven’t experienced any issues but it’s worth mentioning.
  • The mouse cursor is always visible, if you know me you’ll know I don’t like this.
  • There is an arena mode as well as the story mode but I haven’t been able to test that out with anyone. It looks like it’s just mini-games such as gnome football.
  • As I mentioned earlier in my review, I really don’t think there’s enough content to justify the launch price of £11.99 let alone the full price of £14.99.


Worth Considering When Heavily Discounted.

Zombie Vikings is reasonably fun for a couple of hours, particularly if you like the kind of humour in the game but its weak gameplay and high price mean you should only consider it when it hits somewhere around the 75% mark.

No drama, Just Reviews.

El K.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
A brawler with great humor and characters. Especially fun with friends!
This devs behind this game made Stick it to the man. Both games have a super unique art style, and cool animation.
You can choose between 4 different resurrected characters, each have their own weapons, and unique attacks. They even have their own unique dialogue within a level, which gives you extra reason to maybe replay levels.

The writing really had me laughing out loud. It's funnily written, and the voices are very well done. The music is cool and upbeat. The game does also have a few pop culture references, and breaks the 4th wall by mentioning things like Instagram and Tumblr. Normally I don't like that kind of stuff, but I feel like it's done in a funny way here.

Now the gameplay, I found it pretty similar to Castle Crashers. Both games don't have an entirely in-depth system, but I personally still had fun with it. You have your basic attack, as well as a signature move that is very unique to each character. One enemy can fly into the air and come down crashing into a group of enemies, while another can drop skulls that are launchable by any player.

One of the most fun features is you can pick up different objects and other players. You can even stack them. I loved picking up my teammate while they held random enemies. It's hilarious fun.

Collecting coins is satisfying, as you can then use them to purchase new equipment.

My main problem with the game is you don't share money, so you need to co-ordinate with your partner to equally divide your loot so you can both upgrade. There were also a few graphical glitches in some of the cutscenes, but not too severe. Just a few blurry areas which took you away from the moment for a bit.

Overall though, it's so much fun. I love the world, voice acting, characters and jokes.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Product received for free
Status: Completed (played in 2-player co-op)

A truly fantastic game, which deserves much more attention than it got.


Top-notch, gorgeous to look at hand-drawn graphics. You can practically make some screenshots during cutscenes and choose any of them as your wallpaper, they're THAT good. Never wanted to skip a single cutscene (skipped only if needed to replay the level again). It's like watching a cartoon, a really good one.
The levels are extremely detailed and unique, never felt like going through the same thing all over again.


A guy stole the Odin's Eye from Odin himself and Odin sent four zombie vikings to bring the eye back. The premise is pretty simple but the result is the massive adventure and story which never takes itself seriously. I'd actually compare it to South Park, but I liked Zombie Vikings more than South Park (and in my opinion it's more funnier). The jokes are both stupid and clever, but they work, definitely work. ZV actually would make a great series rather than being just a game.

Sound / Music

Just as amazng as artwork. The music has its own unique flavour. The mix of jazz, rock'n'roll, rockabilly, bassy ambientish tunes, etc. The music feels right and never out of place, absolutely fits the game.
The voice acting is superb. The characters feel alive and overall the way they should be, not a single miscast. A really wonderful job, every single character is pleasant to listen.


It's a beat'em'up, but much more co-op oriented than the games from 90s. You can play it alone, but I'd not recommend to do that. It's not necessarily to gather a party of four, just one friend would be fine. The game doesn't have online matchmaking and you can only invite friends. You don't share coins and health drops between each other, so you need to decide who gets what on the fly (also, there's no in-game chat).
The game itself is simple, but fun to play and doesn't get old or boring. By progressing further you unlock new weapons (sometimes you fight with other players to decide who gets the free weapon) and runes. They can bring new things to gameplay or even change the way you play. You don't really need to spend a single coin, which I think is great because it makes the game more balanced (skill matters more than power of your weapons). If some weapon has more damage, you'll also get less HP for equipping it.
It's actually a long game (especially for its genre), maybe way too long. Despite the length, the pacing is right and there's always something new on the way.
On top of that, there are also many side quests and you may miss something along your way. You can always return to a level to finish the side quest, which is great.


The performance is stable, there were no FPS drops, crashes or freezes.
But I did encounter bugs, two of them forced us to replay the level. The first time we stuck while playing as a giant (literally stuck and weren't able to move around), the second time was the enemy not moving from outside the screen (actually something like that was also before).

A unique, criminally underrated game, feels and plays like a cult classic. Absolutely recommended.

Sasha Darko for Game Obscura
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Castle Crashers but way better
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Zombie Vikings:

Odin, the All-Fathers of Nordic Gods, is sitting down at his table and relentlessly polishing his staff as he wants to have the most sparkling staff in all Valhalla! After reaching his goal, Odin looks with his good eye at his amazing achievement, when suddenly Loki (The Wizard of lies) bursts through the front door and manages to steal Odin’s good eye! Absolutely furious, he summons 4 Zombie Vikings and sends them on the quest to retrieve his good eye.

Zombie Vikings is a co-op action brawler (up to 4 players) with really good, fun artwork and with an abundance of humour. You will take control of one of four zombies (each has their own power moves) and battle your way through 30 fun levels in different worlds. Some levels will have side quests, make sure to look everywhere to find them. Your aim is to eliminate all enemies and collect as many gold coins as possible. You will find coins in chests but also in barrels. However, barrels could have brains in them, which is one way to regenerate your health.

With the gold coins, you will be able to purchase new weapons or runes. Some of them you will get by achieving a side quest and the others by finishing the levels. In some levels, you will be able to purchase a new weapon or rune (if you have the coins of course) at the shop which usually appears half way through that level. You will not miss it, 2 kids will be next to the shop and will try to get your attention.

You will jump, parry attack, execute special moves, slash your enemies and even stick object (bombs, barrels, foe and more) at the end of your weapon and throw them to other enemies - Great fun!

Great and funny cut-scenes that will keep you entertained all the way through this great story. The soundtrack is good and the controls are good and responsive (gamepad).


- Great Story and cut-scenes
- Wonderful artwork
- Good Humour
- Plenty of weapons to unlock
- Achievements & trading cards


- Can’t share gold on multiplayer
- A bit repetitive

Zombie Vikings is a good, fun brawler with wonderful artwork. A good addition to your game library.


Key provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own!


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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015

Zombie Vikings is a side scrolling hack em’ up four player co-op with incredible story and a few unique and fun mechanics. The art is done in an incredibly thematic hand painted style and it’s really quite a beautiful game in terms of aesthetics. The game play is similar to Castle Crashers and other side scrolling hack and slash types of games. You are able to gain money and buy upgraded weapons or runes after you find them in the game world.

What I enjoyed:

Drawn together – The art and style in this game is fantastic and beautiful. There is a rare occasion when I will stop and admire every aspect of the art in a game and this is one of those. Every character is extremely detailed and has a magical whimsical feel. The backgrounds and environments are incredibly detailed and include tons of really wonderful scenes. I am really pleased that this level of painterly quality is displayed throughout the game.

Zombie speak – Generally speaking, zombies groan and moan, and are boring to talk with due to their lack of personality. These zombies are not lacking in wit or character, and their voices are just incredible. The voice acting in the game is really superb and the story shines due to amazing personas displayed by each individual character. The villains are also extremely witty and funny adding a deep sense of humor to the game and story.

Keeping it simple – I like that the combat and unique mechanics of using different pets or body parts for various purposes. The game really shines once you get used to this aspect. Throwing a talking head at your enemies has never been so fun. The control scheme is not overly complicated but I do suggest using a controller as it seems this game was designed to be extremely controller friendly. I found the controls to be crisp and responsive, which is important in this type of experience.

What I disliked:

Switcheroo – I really enjoy this game so it is hard to find many flaws. One suggestion I may have is that when you aren’t playing co-op you have the option to switch between the characters. The levels seem short enough and designed to be played multiple times so this really is not a necessity just a minor concern during the game. The game is very well done so it becomes difficult to find flaws vs suggested improvements.

Short story – The game itself is not short, but the description about who these zombie vikings are and why they are talking to Odin is brief at best. I quickly found myself invested in their quest, but initially I did wonder what in the world was going on, and why we were helping Odin get his eye back. The story itself is fantastic and fills in the gaps well, so this is again, a minor concern.

Zombie Vikings is fun with one player, and insanely fun with four. I suggest grabbing your friends, grabbing a weapon and a zombie, and heading out on this adventure. These silly zombies will have you chuckling, and their villain counterparts aren’t witless either. The level of humor and attention to artistic detail in both visuals and story is beyond that of many retail titles, this is a gem of a game and I would venture to guess mine won’t be the only highly appreciative and shining review of this super fun co-op game.

Score: Buy it now
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
BRILLIANT! Hilarious dialog and incredibly fun game play. You need this game in your life. Wonderfully entertaining. Huge fan :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Product received for free
Really fun multiplayer sidescroller hack and slash with some unique tricks and awesome cameos/references from other indie games. Hilarious writing and well drawn environments. I found 90% of the weapons inferior to use, though hilariously created, and there were quite a few bugs when I played it, but nothing that prevented a group of 4 of us to make it through to the end online.
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The Mad Titan
5.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
I rarely write reviews, and my initial intention was to leave a positive review - a very positive one, in fact.
The game is a competent brawler, with great visuals and made me laugh out loud more times than I can count.

However, I found a game breaking bug in one of the last few levels, during which the mob ALWAYS gets stuck in one side of the screen, thus remaining out of my reach and stopping me from beating the level. A shame, really.

I will definitely change this review if an update solves this issue.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 10
Product received for free
What Is Zombie Vikings?

The best way too describe Zombie Vikings in a nutshell, is to imagine playing as a cutesy Viking character inside of a trippy story-driven brawler cartoon. One with a decidely groovy feel showcasing a plethora of wacky monsters to battle against, replete with an abundance of quirky stoner-esque humour of the British variety. In fact you'll have your choice of 4 very different characters to play as (Gunborg, Seagurd, Hedgy and Caw-kaa) at any point in your progression of the game, each with their own uniquely distinctive attacks and personalities.

Developed & published by Zoink Games as a worthy successor to their previous hit title "Stick It to The Man!", the game capitalizes on exceptionally impressive artwork and creativity in its's definite strong suit here.

Dialogue, written by Zach Weinersmith from SMBC Comics, is top-notch and will be sure to have you laughing out loud in no time at all. The flavour of which can only be described as witty and absurdist in scope...fitting seamlessly right into this style of cartoony game. Best of all, it can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages and is very accesible. Just about anyone can pick up and play this in no time at all.


The premise of this game is that an evil trickster named Loki has stolen Odin's good eye...the grandfatherly figure in the game who possesses "the sparkliest staff in all of Valhalla". And so Odin recruits a Viking posse to help him retrive his missing eye. As such, you are one of these sword-wielding warriors who must assist him across the span of 25 levels (which include side-missions)...equipped with both a primary as well as secondary special attack (both of which can be powered up further by holding down their respective buttons to alter the attack into a more powerful form).

Furthermore, there are countless weapon types to unlock as well as you progress further in. The entire combat system is actually quite impressive, with many various abilities and moves to's quite rich in that regard. Best of all, you can simply play it as a frantic button masher and hope for the best (which works suprisingly well I might). Or you can actually master the nuances of each individual maneuver with practice, honing & fine-tuning your skills for maximum effectiveness.

Gameplay isn't terribly difficult nor frustrating fortunately, found somewhere between casual and competitive...just about right for the widest range of audience. And along the way, you will be collecting gold coins and health from smashed wooden boxes scattered everywhere within the levels, the former of which can be used inside the in-game shop to purchase weapon upgrades as desired.


I was extremely impressed with the art style in particular's easily some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing in a 2.5D game such as this one. And even if the gameplay wasn't up to par (which thankfully it is)'d still be hard-pressed not to appreciate the game purely for the aesthetic beauty of its creatively inspired levels, characters, and cut-scenes. It certainly resonated with me immediately.


Thankfully all aspects of its audio were very strong in calibre. The soundtrack is one comprised of a very groovy sounding 60's/70s style, the kind that I wish I heard much more of in modern video games actually. Whereas sound effects were of high quality and well-chosen to match the very light-hearted & highly humourous atmosphere of this title. Lastly, and perhaps most impressive of all, the voice acting here is simply stellar...clearly done by professionals who know their craft well. This was definitely a breath of fresh air compared to many other such games which suffer in this one particular area.


It fully is, and includes both trading cards and 34 achievements to be unlocked.


There are 3 available DLC's for Zombie Vikings, comprising of 2 individual character packs (Frostbjörn & Raybjörn) plus a soundtrack. These are however very much optional add-ons for those who are true fans of the game.

Verdict - 7.5/10

Zombie Vikings is a superbly designed game that I truly wanted to rate substantially higher, because the actual game itself is phenomenal in so many wonderful ways...with it's exceptionally brilliant dialog, high-quality voice-acting, stellar artwork presentation, trippy/groovy music and sound effects, quirky humour, as well as its sheer creative prowess. But technically, the game simply doesn't run as well and as silky smooth as it should - even on powerful & modern hardware....whereby the framerate will gyrate considerably and where its scrolling is unusually choppy. Thus it clearly suffers from optimization issues which must be addressed urgently. Coupled with some glaring bugs such as option adjustments not being properly saved...I unfortunately have no choice but to demerit this game some points for the purpose of this review. Hopefully the developer can release a future patch which addresses these concerns...and I do believe that a forthcoming one is planned by what I hear. But as of right now however...

I'll rate this one a 7.5/10

...with a possible revision higher at a later date if warranted.


- Gorgeous 2.5D artwork, some of the best you'll find in a brawler
- Selectable cutesy characters and a diverse assortment of unique enemies
- 40 unlockable weapons + shop system
- Remappable keys
- Skippable cut-scenes
- Nice amount of adjustable graphics options
- Up to 4-player co-op + online/offline multiplayer
- Steam achievements + trading cards
- Full controller support


- Definite optimization issues, runs a bit choppy
- A bug where some settings reset each time you start the game

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6.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
Very fun, colourful action brawler with incredible artwork. Love the graphics, the colourful characters, the little background touches and animations. Features some great (mature) and tongue-in-cheek humour that always hits the mark. Great voice work and an absolutely great soundtrack.

Controls like a charm, very responsive and intuitive. You can either play it by button-mashing or master all the control features, it's up to your own style. Played the game with 3 people in local co-op mode as well with no slowdown or hiccups at all on my aging rig.

If you're looking for a jolly action, hack'n slash game with great gameplay, superb music, cool characters, which'll keep you coming back for more, then look no further. Highly recommended!
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1.2 hrs
Posted: June 25
I was doubtful of getting this game because I usually solo in co-op games. I gave benefit of the doubt to support the devs by purchasing Zombie Vikings + DLC:s + Soundtrack Bundle. I expected more than I would. I am enjoying soundtrack, art-style gameplay and eccentric humor. It is now one of my favorites games to play.

Do not buy this game if you hate vikings or zombies.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: June 18
Five Word Review: Decent though repeatitive Castle Crashers-like.
Favorite Thing: The art style and character designs are great.
Least Favorite Thing: The vast majority of the weapons are just novelties and completely worthless.

+ The combat is pretty fun though it starts wearing thin by the end.
+ A good couch coop game that is non-gamer friendly.

- No progression system due to the worthlessness of new weapons.

Playtime: ~ 9h
Enjoyment: 7/10
Recommendation: Yeah, but only for the couch coop.
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12.5 hrs
Posted: May 25
This is a hilarious side-scrolling action game, along the same lines as Golden Axe, but with zombie vikings and purchasable gear. The artwork is fantastic and the comedy is even better! I demo'd this game and PAX East 2016, and immeadeatly bought it!
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4.7 hrs
Posted: May 15
a most play !!!
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