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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zombie Vikings is a combat-oriented game full of crude humor and cartoony violence. The heroes are dead warriors brought back to life who can be dismembered (in a silly way) and who occasionally use crude terms. Fighting is nonstop, and infrequent save points can make progress frustrating. Dialogue includes mildly suggestive talk between characters and multiple mentions of drunkenness and "doping."
What's it about?
ZOMBIE VIKINGS focuses on the conflict between Norse gods Odin and Loki. When Loki steals his magical eye, Odin revives four dead Viking warriors and sends them to retrieve it. Along the way, Odin's warriors encounter an array of enemies -- from mythical monsters to angry villagers -- and must work together, using their unique powers to defeat them. Ultimately, the group's goal is to navigate a series of mythical lands, confront Loki, and take back the eye.
Is it any good?
Players looking for a wacky, fast-moving button masher are bound to enjoy this game. Played solo or co-op with up to four players, Zombie Vikings is entertainingly silly and, though a bit visually chaotic, makes good use of its tongue-in-cheek approach to Norse mythology. The core of the game is frantic melee combat. Each hero has a small set of attacks that are easily made by pressing or holding buttons, and heroes can pick things up and throw them. (The latter can be used to solve puzzles or -- since you can pick up other players' characters -- to annoy other players.) Though clear enough with one player on-screen, combat often becomes visual anarchy with two or more, making it hard to tell who's doing what. On top of that, infrequent save points means repeating levels frequently from the beginning of a stage if you lose a specific fight. Looted gold can be used to buy upgrades, but upgrades are only moderately useful. Violence is constant but is of the comedic, cartoony variety. The best parts of the game are the graphics, which have a kooky, dark, Tim Burton-esque feel to them, and the playful story sequences, which are full of the kind of corny (and sometimes crude) humor that goes over like gangbusters among tweens and younger children. Zombie Vikings is an amusing action game that has a cartoonish, yet crude charm to its gameplay.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games such as Zombie Vikings. Is the violence OK because it's so over the top and cartoonish?
Talk about Norse myths. Have you seen any Norse myths brought to life in other kinds of media, such as books, movies, or television?
Think about which Norse god you'd like to be. Would you be the god of war? Of the sea? Of poetry?
Discuss Viking life. Vikings were sailors, explorers, and warriors. What would be the best thing about being a Viking?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (Rising Star Games will be publishing a boxed edition of the game - Zombie Vikings: Ragnarök Edition - in October with 5 bonus Versus Arenas and a digital art book.)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Zoink Games
- Release date: October 2, 2015
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence and Blood, Mild Language, Crude Humor
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