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Volgarr the Viking Review: RAWR!

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Justin Cavender

Volgarr the Viking

Volgarr the Viking is an action-adventure platformer from Adult Swim Games that has the power to bring out the worst in every man, woman, and child. Oddly enough, that statement should be taken as a compliment and fair warning to the challenge set before you. There were times when I wanted to throw my computer out the window, tear my shirt off, and unleash a savage roar as my way of venting frustration at this game. Did I mention it’s also ridiculously fun and addictive? At least for those of us gamers that agree failure is not an option.

In the spirit of classic arcade action, Volgarr the Viking is a throwback to games like Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and The Legendary Axe, complete with gritty tones, pixelated blood, and bleached bones. Each slain enemy explodes into goo leaving gold and jewels behind to fill your furry panty pockets. Sadly, poor timing on your part will lead to sudden death and loss of said loot. It’s worth noting that you’re not limited to X number of lives. Instead, you have as many attempts as you can stomach.

Volgarr the Viking Flame Sword


Volgarr the Viking features very basic controls that take all of two seconds to master. The player is limited to jumping, rolling, sword swinging, and spear throwing. There are a few power-ups along the way, but precision timing is what it takes to save the day in your adventure. This is where Volgarr can eat away at your soul. Regardless of where in the stage your character dies, you will always return to the beginning. One poorly timed jump or slight hesitation could land you in a pool of anger. Unfortunately, there’s no life guard on duty.

There are over 30 stages, a large variety of monsters, and epic boss battles. The first boss encounter is a giant ogre with a large shield and club. In order to land successful attacks, the player must throw spears into the ogre’s shield and use them to climb up to the ogre’s head, hacking and slashing your way to victory. Don’t stay up there too long or he’ll bash your face in with his club and you’ll have to start all over. Killing that big green son of a b**** was definitely rewarding. Especially the part where his head came flying off and a chest filled with loot fell from the heavens. Of course, my celebration came to a screeching halt about 30 seconds later, when the pain train continued on the next stage. I believe it took me roughly 45 minutes from the start of the game to clear the first boss, yowza!

Volgar the Viking Ogre Boss

Final Thoughts

Volgarr the Viking is by far one of the hardest platformers I’ve played in years. However, the classic nod and challenging approach, make this game an excellent addition to your Steam library. I would strongly recommend Volgarr to anyone with an affinity for retro-gaming and looking to test their platformer skills. Side note—if you’re currently enrolled in an anger management program, you might want to pass on this one.

Presentation: 8.5

Gameplay: 8.5

Replay: 7.5


This review is based on the Steam version of Volgarr the Viking provided by Adult Swim Games.

Geek Legacy’s review scores are on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest possible score.

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    • LoveMeSomeGlobox

      Sounds tough… But the trailer on Steam looks really fun.

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