Norse by Norse West: The Return of the Lost Vikings (1997)

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Norse by Norse West: The Return of the Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling platform adventure game developed by Beam Software and published by Interplay Productions. It was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and Microsoft Windows in 1997. The game is the sequel to The Lost Vikings, which was released in 1992.


The player alternates control of three of the five playable characters, guiding each of them one at a time from a designated start point in each level to the exit, collecting three specific items along the way. The game predetermines which characters are available in any specific level.[7] Control may be swapped from character to character at any point. In the two-player cooperative mode, each player simultaneously controls one character and is allowed to change control to the third, unused character at any point. Every level is designed such that each character must contribute his unique skills to help the other two through to the end. Similarly, to finish the level, all three characters must reach the exit point with the three items in possession.

The five playable characters are:

  • Erik the Swift: A skilled swordsman with the ability to jump higher than the other characters.
  • Baleog the Fierce: A strong warrior with the ability to smash through certain obstacles.
  • Olaf the Stout: A stout, bearded Viking with the ability to float in water and withstand cold temperatures.
  • Fang: A small, agile squirrel with the ability to climb walls and ceilings.
  • Scully: A flying squirrel with the ability to glide through the air.

Each character has his own unique strengths and weaknesses, and the player must use their abilities strategically to overcome the various obstacles and puzzles in the game. For example, Erik can use his sword to defeat enemies and jump over gaps, Baleog can use his strength to smash through walls and boulders, and Olaf can use his floatation ability to cross water hazards.

The game features a total of 50 levels, each with its own unique challenges. The levels are set in a variety of locations, including forests, caves, castles, and ice worlds. The player must use their problem-solving skills and teamwork to guide the Vikings through each level and collect the three items necessary to escape.


Norse by Norse West was developed by Beam Software, a British video game development company founded in 1988. The game was directed by Eric Chahi, who is best known for his work on the Prince of Persia series. The game was developed over the course of two years, and it was released in 1997 to critical acclaim.


Norse by Norse West was praised for its innovative gameplay, challenging puzzles, and charmingキャラクターs. The game was a commercial success, selling over one million copies worldwide. It was nominated for several awards, including Game of the Year at the 1997 Golden Joystick Awards.


Norse by Norse West is considered to be one of the best platform adventure games ever made. It has been praised for its innovative gameplay, challenging puzzles, and charmingキャラクターs. The game has been ported to several other platforms, including the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and Game Boy Advance. It has also been released on digital distribution platforms such as Steam and


Norse by Norse West is a classic platform adventure game that is still enjoyed by gamers today. The game’s innovative gameplay, challenging puzzles, and charmingキャラクターs make it a must-play for fans of the genre.

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