Vikings Row! Review
- Simple gameplay and control style.
- Fun mixture of maze and race levels.
- Six classic areas to conquer.
- Easy difficulty makes replays unlikely.
Help these angry, manly Vikings to find their way to Valhalla in Vikings Row! because if you don't they'll probably learn how to dock their ship and pillage your home.
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The journey to Valhalla is not an easy one, but if it was easy then these Vikings probably wouldn't have bothered in the first place. 'Vikings Row!' by I-play is a deceptively simple game of rowing your way through deadly and often other-worldly rivers to collect riches and demonstrate your courage to the Valkyrie guarding the way.
Players will have to literally row their way through the hazard-filled channels by swiping their fingers on the screen to simulate a rowing action. Depending on your preferences you can switch between realistic and 'steering' based controls, essentially inverting the direction you turn while swiping on one side of the screen or another. The flow feels fantastic and your ship glides, bounces and drifts its way through the water in an utterly unrealistic, but satisfying way that makes guiding the vehicle a snap.
Power-ups play a large role in some levels, either allowing you to break through deadly barriers or giving you enough time to make it to the end. Coins are scattered about the various clever and detailed levels, though you'll need to pay attention to the initial zoomed out sweep to avoid the traps they sometimes lead you towards.
As you progress through the game's 48 currently available levels you'll also earn small rewards like being able to pimp out your boat with a sail that suits you, but once completed the incentive to dive back in is lost. But for such a cheap game, 'Vikings Row!' is still a hard game to ignore and casual gamers will enjoy its simple charm.
DescriptionEveryone loves Bjorn & his Vikings crew! Check out the amazing reviews below:
Gamezebo (4/5 Stars): "Such a simple game lives and dies by its control system, and Vikings Row's is as fresh and as subtle as they come. The Vikings might be long-gone, but this new digital invasion should be welcomed with open arms." http://bit.ly/cyMilg
Touch Arcade: "It uses a really clever control mechanic, has a wonderful art style, and a ton of content to play through including earning medals for each level and unlocking achievements. Every once in a while a game comes along that just feels right on this platform, and Vikings Row! is one of those games." http://bit.ly/96YDov
Pocket Gamer: "Adding to the experience are various sail customization options for your boat, and an achievement system, which seems to be an I-play special. Together with neat presentation, it all adds up to a nice little package." http://bit.ly/95yliE
Gizmodo: “It's harder than I thought (to be a virtual Viking), which means it was a whole lot of fun.” http://gizmo.do/bGn6RX
148 Apps (4/5 Stars): “What makes Vikings Row! special is the way that the app goes about letting you control the ship. Instead of some kind of arbitrary accelerometer system, the game uses a control system that mirrors the way the Vikings would actually be rowing.” http://bit.ly/9V4Hfa
Game On Mac: “Retailing for under a buck, arcade Viking players can't lose.” http://bit.ly/9HaTCX
Touch My Apps: “There are also hidden challenges that will allow you to earn more than 15 awards. It might not be a pirate’s life for them, but it still sounds like fun.” http://bit.ly/d7xZ86
The Vikings are raiding the App Store! Steer your Viking longship through mysterious and treacherous waters in search of gold!
DUDE, WHERE’S MY GOLD?
Bjorn and his rag-tag crew have pillaged their way to a massive fortune. But after a wild night of partying, they wake up with a terrible hangover and realize they lost their fortune—uff da! Your mission is Take control of their longship and recover the lost gold!
ROW, VIKINGS! ROW!!
Row and steer your Viking ship and collect enough coins before the time runs out! Enjoy unique yet simple gesture controls: swipe either side of the boat to steer and swipe both sides to make your lily-livered crew row!
AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY
Complete 48 exciting levels full of treacherous traps and mystical dangers that can take out your crew and sink your Longship! Try to win the gold shield on each level and complete hidden challenges to earn more than 15 awards!
VIKINGS? WHAT THE ”HEL”?!
Lead your wild crew through 6 amazing Vikings worlds: their home Midgard, the Maelstrom underworld, the inside of Hron the whale, the icy world of Niflheim, the lava rivers of Hel and finally the warrior playgrounds of Valhalla!
Find the power-up that makes your Vikings go Berserk! Nothing can hurt them but they can destroy everything on their way...Viking-style!
PIMP YOUR LONGSHIP!
Customize your boat with a wide selection of fun sails to unlock. Sign up for the newsletter to unlock special sails!
• Fully iOS4 compliant (including multitasking)
• Beautiful, colorful graphics built for Retina Display
• iPod library support: listen to your own music while playing
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What's New in Version 1.0.16Our latest updates includes:
- Leaderboards, social chat, achievement sharing on Facebook and other cool community features via Blaze, I-play's cool new community platform!
- A brand new end sequence to the game! We can't tell you what happens, but it involves a one-eyed dude...
- Some minor bug fixes.