Top 5 Video Games About Vikings
In the passing of time, many video games portrayed the Vikings (some with a pronounced fictional approach, other much more realistically). The following top consists of the five most illustrative video games about the Vikings and the Viking Age.
Additionally, please keep in mind that historical accuracy is pivotal when doing research in order to create a video game, but if we the developers were to stick 100% to it, then we would probably be either bored by that specific game (which strictly follows academic narratives) or we would be unpleasantly playing it, given the fact that it does not dispose of the needed amount of artistic license. In this respect, a balance between these characteristics must be always kept in mind. But, without further ado, here’s the top:
5. The Lost Vikings (1992)
Although quite old fashioned for today’s gaming standards, ‘The Lost Vikings’, firstly published by Interplay in 1992, and then re-published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2003, remains one of the earliest video games about the Vikings. In 2014 the game was uploaded to Battle.net as a free download, being emulated through DOSBox.
In spite of the fact that the Vikings are portrayed with horns on their helmets (which is certainly not historically accurate), the game can be considered a cult classic and a good way of entertaining yourself if you’re an old school gamer. It can be played on the following platforms: Amiga, Amiga CD32, Game Boy Advance, MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, SNES and PlayStation.
Below you can watch a full walkthrough for ‘The Lost Vikings’ from Daniel’s Game Vault:
4. The Lost Vikings 2 (1997)
The sequel for ‘The Lost Vikings’, the second game of the series continues to be an interesting side-scrolling puzzle game. It was developed by Blizzard Entertainment in association with Beam Software and was released on February 27, 1997. It can be played on the following platforms: SNES, Sega Saturn, PlayStation and PC.
3. Rune (2000/2001)
Rune is a third-person video game developed by Human Head studios which was firstly released for Windows in late 2000. It is based on the Norse mythology and the player can eventually fully discover the depths of a virtually conceived mystic Norse realm. It can be played on the following platforms: Linux, Mac OS, PlayStation 2 and Windows.
2. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings & The Conquerors expansion pack (1999/2000)
Although not entirely about Viking but rather focused on the Middle Ages as a whole, ‘Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings’ comes with a very original approach towards the Vikings with respect to real time strategy gaming. The Vikings are one of the playable civilisations in the game, being also depicted in some of its historical campaigns (most notably in the Conquerors expansion pack where they travel to Vinland — i.e. Newfoundland and Labrador, present day Canada).
The Vikings share the same architectural style with another civilisation from the game, namely the Teutons, and have two unique units, specifically the Berserk (which can be trained from the castle) and the longboat (which can be trained from the dock). ‘Age of Empires II’ can be played on the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and PlayStation 2.
Additionally, according to the following top, the Vikings are the 4th best civilisation in the game:
1. Age of Mythology & The Titans expansion pack (2002/2003)
Once again, not entirely related to the Vikings or the Viking Age, but rather partly about their mythology and religion. The game focuses on the mythologies of four distinct Ancient civilisations which are (in no particular order): the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians, the Norsemen and the Atlanteans. It was developed by the creators of the Age of Empires series, specifically Ensemble Studios.
The Norse are a playable civilisation in this game and the player can choose between three major gods when the game starts. The three main Norse gods which the player can choose are Odin, Thor and Loki. Moreover, there are also minor Norse gods/goddesses which the player can choose as the game progresses; in order to advance to a new age, you are to choose between the following Norse divinities: Forseti, Freyja, Bragi, Skaldi, Baldr, Tyr, Heimdall, Njord, and Hel.
They also have the following unique units: the dwarf (which can be trained from the town center), the ulfsark (which can be trained from the town center or longhouse), the throwing axeman (which can be trained from the longhouse), the raiding cavalry (trainable from the longhouse as well), the huskarl (which can be trained from the hill fort), the jarl (which can be trained from the hill fort as well).
They also have many other mythical units which can be trained from the temple, depending on which minor god they decided to advance through. It can be played on Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.
Below you can watch a gameplay video depicting the Norse civilisation in ‘Age of Mythology’ developed by Ensemble Studios: