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Vikings Can Fly! Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on December 21, 2010


Vikings Can Fly!
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PROS

  • Charming cartoonish visuals.
  • Amusing story incentive.
  • Extended gameplay keeps you playing longer than similar titles.

CONS

  • Trial-and-error style wears thin quickly.
  • Poor detection for aerial tricks.

VERDICT

Vikings Can Fly! extends the gameplay for the 'flight' style of games by adding a distant goal and checkpoints to aid your progression, but tricky controls and a few flat periods of mindless flying prevent it from reaching stellar heights.


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We've seen flightless birds from the Antarctic and New Zealand struggle against their natures in an attempt to soar, but what reward do they get outside of the ability to fly? Sure it's what they wanted, but Bjorn from Vikings Can Fly doesn't just want to fly, he wants to fly to capture the heart of a beautiful Valkyrie.

Initially there's a lot of similarities between Forge 11's title and those that have come before it, however once you've pushed through the initial stages things start to get trickier. The distance your Viking needs to cover is not an insignificant one and the tools he has on hand may range from steam-punk to mythical and magical, but sustaining the income to make the full journey is not an easy one. Players are rewarded for careful management of their flight, tilting either forward/back or side-to-side (depending on your preference) to keep your love-sick fool in an aerodynamic glide. This isn't a simple task at all and the flight mechanics feel incredibly realistic, if a little out of place for such a fantasy-based title.

The biggest concern is the lack of direction in your progression and with the game taking far longer than the typical entry in this style of game, you're bound to hit a wall wondering what to do. Eventually earned cash will solve your problems and rewards are given to players for attaining new distances, unlocking new challenges including performing specific 'tricks' to demonstrate your aerial prowess.

Unfortunately the game fails to properly explain its gameplay style, opting for trial-and-error where a guiding hand would have been helpful. For those having troubles, flips can be performed by quickly tilting in the opposite direction of your current tilt; it sounds obvious, but the inconsistency of succeeding in the maneuver can throw you off. Vikings Can Fly! is still an enormously fun title once you've got a handle on the controls and its vibrant visual style and story points help to keep you engaged to the end; it's not without its flaws, but still a solid game if you have the patience to learn.

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