Vikings Row!

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Guide a longboat through rough waters in race to Valhalla.

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Ease of Play

The double-finger control scheme takes some getting used to, and is actually counterintuitive if you understand how oars really work (in the game, swiping right causes the boat to move right, and vice versa). The courses get extremely tricky to navigate, requiring a combination of speed and precision.

Violence & Scariness

Vikings can be killed by spikes and other obstacles. When a crew member is killed, one of the viking hats in your life bar turns into a skull and evaporates.

Sexy Stuff

The game makes reference to the loot the Vikings have gained from pillaging, but there's no actual pillaging in the game. The app prompts players to submit a rating in iTunes from within the game, but doing so is optional.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Vikings are shown drinking frothy beverages from tankards, but it's up to the player to make the connection.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vikings Row! is a light-hearted "race-to-the-finish" game in which players guide a Viking ship and its crew through treacherous waters on the way to Valhalla. The goal is to make it to the end of the level before time runs out, while collecting the minimum number of coins. And although Vikings had fearsome reputations throughout history, there's no violence or pillaging here.

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Is it any good?

VIKINGS ROW! isn't the most fast-paced game but there's plenty of precision and timing involved. Its most fun (and challenging) aspect is its control scheme, which involves propelling the boat forward by dragging a finger along each side of it to imitate the way oars work. Players can also steer and reverse using variations of this basic concept. The treacherous spikes and whirlpools, rapids, and secret paths make for plenty of content and replayability, too.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: September 30, 2010
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Publisher: I-play
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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