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Amiga

The Viking Child

The Viking Child
GenreAction Platform
DeveloperWired
PublisherElectronic Zoo
Released1990
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Prophecy I: The Viking Child is an action platform game released in 1990 for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST / STE, DOS computers as well as for the Atari Lynx, Nintendo Gameboy handheld consoles.
 
Review
The Viking ChildSTORY / GAMEPLAY
You are Brian, a Viking child called to meet the prophecy for his destiny by entering the Halls of Valhalla and battling his way through 16 different and hostile levels, from medieval castles to mountains and thick forests, swarmed by an army of foes under the command of evil Norse god Loki. The game looks and plays similarly to Super Wonder Boy (a.k.a. Wonder Boy in Monster Land) as it has you collecting hidden coins, upgrading Brian's weapons and visiting shops (to spend the coins collected). Though its similarities to Super Wonder Boy, The Viking Child has better visuals and brilliant sound. It is a so great and so fun to play action platform with lots of nice details and touches. Prophecy I: The Viking Child is a must-have game in any system it's available and will surely entertain most -if not all- platform gaming fans!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The graphics on the Amiga are great, with colorful designs and smooth animation that features some hilarious cartoon style reactions (i.e. when you fall from higher platforms) that suit pretty well to a game of this type. Each level is unique and bears its own details every time you fight inside medieval castles or in the mountains or in forests and more. The game's sound on the Amiga is good and includes a cool intro tune and catchy in-game music! The Amiga version also features sampled sound effects that can be selected from the main menu. Unfortunately, you can't have both simultaneously (quite odd for an Amiga game).

GAMEPLAY VIDEO
In our gameplay video below you may watch the Atari ST, Amiga and DOS versions of the game.
 
Screenshots
  • The Viking Child
  • The Viking Child
  • The Viking Child
  • The Viking Child
  • The Viking Child
  • The Viking Child
 
Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
Gameplay sample
 
Comparable platforms
Atari ST
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
PC MS-DOS
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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