Video Game Volgarr the Viking (PC) (2013)

Volgarr the Viking (PC) (2013)

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When I first started Volgarr the Viking I tried various keyboard buttons and managed to guess some of the controls. In hindsight this was quite stupid, because I limited myself to certain attacks (namely throwing the spear and attacking with the sword while crouched).

However, I eventually looked up the controls and found that there was actually a separate key for attacking! In any case, I decided to reconfigure the controls a bit. For example, I changed the jump key to the spacebar.

Hilariously, at that point I had gotten used to the original key configuration and was confused for a while. Of course I ultimately liked my configuration more.

With that being said, I think the game has a high difficulty compared to a platformer like Super Mario. Perhaps that's because the game feels like its tapping the essence of classic platformers such as Super Castlevania IV (SNES).

By the end of my time with the game, I had made some progress and the parts that I had played had become easier and easier. However, I did not even complete the first world yet!

If you think you'd want to play a classically-styled, modern-day platformer, then consider checking out Volgarr the Viking. However, if you're more into modern platformers like Super Meat Boy (PC) or New Super Mario Bros. (NDS), then you might want to look elsewhere.

Personally, I thought the game was challenging and had some unique features, but I could only put so much effort in against the game's difficulty before giving up.

Note that in comparison, I own one of the older Castlevania games on the Nintendo Virtual Console and that game was similarly difficult. However, with enough effort I could make it from checkpoint to checkpoint and overall I felt as if I had made some progress.

On a different note, I remember trying to play Sonic the Hedgehog on the SEGA Genesis when I was younger. Save games were still uncommon and if you wanted to beat it, then you'd have to do it in one sitting. I recall coming close one day, but I never did beat the game.