The Horrible Vikings in Review – Loot, pillage, plunder, hold the babe for ransom and free the kitties!

I think the only people who’ve not heard of Yetisports and more specifically the little flash game that started it all: Pingu Throw are the poor sods who’ve lived under a rock for the past 6 years. The original made its debut back in 2004 and paralyzed whole companies. I admit to having spent a fair bit of time on it myself. The Horrible Vikings is a similar game which features the same basic mechanics. But this time, things are taken to a whole new level.

The Horrible Vikings is an original puzzle game where you have to send Vikings flying and bouncing to either get the treasure, capture the princess or free the poor little kitties. Yes, I’m not kidding about the last bit either. Add in various upgrades, a multitude of enemies, and accelerometer Viking flying control, and you get one tasty bit of fun.

Let’s start with a fun little nuance – I really liked how the developers implemented the original choice of trajectory. You move one of the Vikings on the ship back and forth to tilt the whole boat. And then finalize your choice by selecting the strength of the catapult. The game gives you an estimated trajectory to make life a bit easier. Thankfully it’s in no way a game breaker since you see only a little portion of the screen and still have to use your brains to estimate where the Viking will hit.

Once you send your invader flying, you can control speed by tilting the phone right or left. Additionally, you may do a downward swipe to send him tumbling straight down to get that bonus you want. There are lots of destroyable buildings that give additional loot, chests, food that replenishes life and coins and enemies which are scattered all over a level. Those buggers come in a number of varieties, from the simple ninjas that are nice to bounce off and take only one life to the samurai warriors that are instant death. Then there are creepy sumo guys that send you flying like a rocket. And on the really large levels, there are milestone obelisks that when hit teleport your ship to start from a new place.

But if that was all it would be too simple – The Horrible Vikings has upgrades and bonuses and lots of them. From the plain old upgrade your ship to shoot farther to a shooter Viking to help propel your invader farther to one-use items that offer a multitude of powerups.

The graphics in The Horrible Vikings are stylish. Everyone is carefully drawn in a funny cartoony style, but the sound is on the repetitive side of nice. I feel the devs could add a whole new layer of involvement if they did voiceovers for cutscenes and more Viking and Ninja sounds on the levels. I miss being able to zoom out. You can pan the view before you launch but it still takes in only a limited portion of the level.

The Horrible Viking combines the plain fun of sending your Viking flying to save kitties with an extensive system of upgrades and an excellent use of the iPhones interface. Just when I though nothing noteworthy could be added, Low Five Games have proved me wrong by dishing out an excellent, addictive arcade/puzzler.

With this I declare The Horrible Vikings officially touched!

App Summary
Title: The Horrible Vikings Developer: Low Five Games
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $1.99 App Size: 36.9 MB
  • Fun gameplay
  • Very good use of various iPhone specific control capabilities
  • Lots of upgrades and powerups
  • You can save kitties
  • No Zoom out function
  • No social platform integration


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