Recently while visiting the forums over at racketboy.com I discovered some very exciting news. Not only has the wickedly brutal (and awesome) platformer Volgarr the Viking been ported to the Sega Dreamcast but the developers Crazy Viking Studios have declared that the Dreamcast version of Volgarr the Viking is entirely free.
If you have a Sega Dreamcast and a blank CD you can have a legitimate copy of a game that I personally feel is outstanding. I mean really outstanding. This game is one of the most challenging games I have ever play while at the same time it is wildly fun despite countless deaths!
Very tight and responsive controls make you one with Volgarr. Every brilliantly executed double jump, spear throw and downward stab is a victory crafted by you.
…you’ll also feel entirely responsible every time Volgarr explodes into a cloud of guts and bones.
When I first tried out this version my Dreamcast was hooked up to an older 50″ 720p DLP TV. My first impression was that the Dreamcast controller wasn’t quite as good as my PC Logitech controller. Then when I moved my Dreamcast over to my CRT TV I noticed that the Dreamcast controller was just fine. What I had been experiencing on the 50″ HD TV was a very small amount of input lag.
The only reason I moved to a different TV was so that I could record the above video clip and I’m glad I did it. Volgarr the Viking is very challenging and the input lag would have been the end of me.
Compared to the PC version this port is almost perfect. The Dreamcast does have some noticeable load times between check points but they are short and will not at all hurt your enjoyment of the game. The gameplay itself is identical. The Sega Dreamcast is an excellent place to experience this really well made game.
Volgarr really will demand your best performance. I use to have Stage 1 and 2 down to an art. It surprised me how rusty I’ve become! But the point here is to see Volgarr live on a Sega Dreamcast and for you to start enjoying it for yourself 😀
Free download of Volgarr the Viking for the Sega Dreamcast:
A big ‘Thank You!’ to Crazy Viking Studios for offering the game for free and to Marc Hall for porting the game to the Dreamcast.
Finally we can all enjoy Volgarr the Viking!
On September 13, 2013 Volgarr the Viking was released and it is Amazing. This beautifully retro themed platformer is all about solid mechanics and rewarding gameplay. If you’ve read anything about Volgarr the Viking since it’s release I’m sure you’ve read that it is very hard. And yes, it is. But I’d like to say that I feel it’s perfectly hard. If you persevere it will not take long to understand how you have failed Volgarr and you will learn what you need to make everyone in your path crumble to bones.
Only after a about 20min of playing the official release of Volgarr the Viking I decided to record some of my gameplay. I thought it might be fun to watch someone who hasn’t mastered the game trying to figure it out. If you’re a purist and don’t want to see anything before your own first experience then stop here. But aside from that there isn’t much in the way of spoilers. I don’t know any special tricks or secrets and I didn’t even make it to the end boss. I got close but I didn’t know it. This is just me talking about a game that I am really enjoying.
When I purchased this game during its kickstarter campaign I ended up getting an extra copy that I could give away as a gift. Would you like a free copy? 🙂
If you’re interested in a free copy of Volgarr the Viking leave a comment and tell me why you want this game (don’t say because it’s free!). I’ll put everyone who comments into raffle and email the download code to the winner. *I’ll leave this offer open to comments until Saturday October 5th, 2013.
There are a few things I say that were miss-leading or wrong in the video. When I talk about the shield taking damage and breaking; at that moment I had the Hammer Shield which can actually block any number of hits without breaking. It’s only the wooden shield that will break after two hits.
Also, I believe for the first week of release the game sold for $10 USD. It is now $12. Which I believe is still a fantastic deal.
Something fun happened to me on the Internet today. Although small… so very small. I have finally left my mark!
A blog post I wrote about the very excellent game Volgarr the Viking had a quote drawn from it and used in an effort to promote the sale of the game. How fun is that?!
It’s a bit hard to read but you can click on the image to see a larger version or better yet visit www.volgarrtheviking.com to see the live pre-order site.
Volgarr the Viking – Labor of Love
My thanks to Crazy Viking Studios for making my day!
As the game has been evolving and showing even more polish you can see what hasn’t changed. Volgarr the Viking is going to be wonderfully punishing. Check out this sneak peek video showing an expected learning curve for a would be Champion of Odin.
And of course both Robbaz and DMJared are also showing their support on the Volgarr the Viking pre-order page and have each created their own very entertaining videos featuring the game.
Robbaz – Volgarr the Viking – Alpha Gameplay
DMJared – Worth A Damn – Volgarr the Viking
Coming summer 2013
This is Volgarr the Viking. It is not an 8bit or 16bit video game and despite the fact that Volgarr the Viking is still in development it is beautifully retro.
This game is paying tribute to many loved games from the 16bit gaming era. Crazy Viking Studios have taken a look back at some of their favorite video games and are currently busy crafting what is shaping up to be an unforgiving, finely tuned action packed platformer.
I found Volgarr the Viking when it was a kickstarter project and as a supporter I’ve been allowed access to pre-alpha builds and I know first hand how good this game already is. Even before it hit the alpha stage of development the mechanics for Volgarr were excellent. Using a Logitech F310 Gamepad I felt entirely in control. Walking, jumping, double jumping, sword swings, spear throws, blocking, dodge roll, downward stab and powered up attacks are all easy to execute and important to master. When I died (and I have failed Volgarr a lot) it felt like my fault and not poor mechanics or bad hit detection or sloppy design. Each time I died I knew I could do better the next time.
Does anyone remember Super Ghouls & Ghosts, Rastan and Castle Vania? Of course you do and so do the developers from Crazy Viking Studios. These three games are where they are drawing a lot of their inspiration from. I say inspiration because Volgarr the Viking really does feel like a labor of love.
The following game play is the first video that Crazy Viking Studios have allowed to be shared to the public. This recording was made by Nintendoingit, another Kickstarter Supporter for Volgarr. This was not made for marketing it is just a gamer enjoying Volgarr the Viking.
While this Kickstarter project was running anyone could have pledged $10 to receive a copy of Volgarr the Viking when it’s complete. And I’m sure at release you’ll still be able to get it for a similar price. Which I personally feel is wildly inexpensive for such a great game. But I didn’t spend $10… as if personally tailored to me the Sega Dude, Crazy Viking Studios offered a Sega Genesis mock-up case, cart and manual of Volgarr the Viking. So even though this mock-up will look like a complete Genesis game it will never be able to play on any Genesis or Mega Drive. But even still I could not resist and I have backed this project for $150. And when my mock-up Genesis game arrives it will be going into the collection. Below is an early example of what they had in mind:
Volgarr the Viking Genesis Style Case Demo
Volgarr the Viking Cart and Manual Demo
Volgarr the Viking has an estimate release date set for February 2013.