Friday, July 24, 2015

Prophecy I - The Viking Child


Viking Child is a tale of a young boy called Brian who is thrown into an adventure that will take him through several medieval lands in search of his friends. He needs to rescue them from the clutches of the evil demigod, Loki. Now, it might look spookily familiar to a console gamer but don't be put off, this is a great Atari ST game in its own right.

There are a huge 16 levels of platforming fun to plunder and 8 bosses to battle long before you even think of reaching Loki. Walk and leap over all obstacles and use your weapon to kill anything that looks likely to hurt you. As each monster is slain, coins are left behind to be used as currency in the local power-up store that offers better weapons and the usual assortment of goodies. I love the fire ability but I advise that you first upgrade your main weapon - a dagger. Sadly, this I feel starts off far too short, so upgrade it as soon as possible to something bigger!

Graphics and sounds are amazing. Scrolling is super smooth and proves once again that the STFM is more than capable when in the hands of a programmer with talent. I love the gorgeous cartoon-like scenery and the sprites are well drawn, even if the animation is quite basic. Sound effects work well and you can flip between these bleeps or excellent chiptunes. Whilst it might not appeal to all, Viking Child is technically a masterpiece and what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in playability. Fun, interesting and challenging gameplay throughout with aesthetics to drool over and you soon realise why this is one of my favourite platformers.

LINKS

 - It's video recording time and here is my slice of classy gaming to drool over!
 - Viking Child is stored within the AtariMania ST database.
 - Download Brian's adventure from 8BitChip, which can be installed to hard drive!
 - Those that require the floppy disk images can grab 'em from Old Games Finder.
 - Would you now like a few level codes to skip your way forward? Of course, you do!
          -> Forest level : DENIS<E>
          -> Landbridge : THE BLIZ
          -> Labyrinth : SHARKMAN
          -> The Desert : NYMHARSW