user17137_pic3014_1263261154Similar to the amount of care that went in to updating and enhancing the Missile Defense formula in Low Five Games' other game, Earth Vs Moon, The Horrible Vikings [App Store] is much more than a simple catapult game.

Like other catapult games, the basic premise amounts to aiming and flinging something to fly as far as possible and collide in to other things on the way. In the case of The Horrible Vikings, you control a pair of vikings: One who moves back and forth in the ship as ballast to control the angle of your shot, and by dragging the catapult back with another viking in it you control the power of your shot. While flying you can tilt your phone to control the direction of your flight, swipe down to stomp targets, and later in the game you get access to other abilities to fly farther such as a wizard that zaps you.

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Along the way you pick up coins to spend on items and upgrades, slaughter ninjas, smash jars, and of course-- Loot and plunder whatever goal lies at the end of each level. The game is incredibly varied, both in the enemies you come across, the different abilities and upgrades you can buy from the in-game store, and if you're a fan of OpenFeint achievements, The Horrible Vikings has tons.

One of the nice things about The Horrible Vikings is that you can take as many shots as you want to complete a level. You will never run out of lives, and there doesn't seem to be any penalty for flinging your vikings over and over. However, if you are precise with your shots, there is also an OpenFeint leaderboard for your "evasion efficiency", or how few shots it takes you to complete the levels. (There is also a leaderboard for most gold collected.)

Low Five Games has a few different videos up on their YouTube channel showing The Horrible Vikings gameplay:

If you're a fan of catapult games, there isn't much to not like about The Horrible Vikings. Yes, the core gameplay element has been done to death on the App Store, but few of them can even begin to rival the amount of refinement seen in The Horrible Vikings.

App Store Link: The Horrible Vikings, $1.99

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  • Symbolist

    Next time visiting Gotland I will use a catapult instead the Fokker 50 from Skyways :.D

    Nice little game. Polished and full of detail. Designed with love. Will play it from time to time. At the end it'll be worth the money for sure. Better 50 times 5 minutes than 2 hours once and forever.
    Hej!

  • Symbolist

    Next time visiting Gotland I will use a catapult instead the Fokker 50 from Skyways :.D

    Nice little game. Polished and full of detail. Designed with love. Will play it from time to time. At the end it'll be worth the money for sure. Better 50 times 5 minutes than 2 hours once and forever.
    Hej!

  • Dylan

    I started playing this last week and it has been so freaking addictive. Great game, great graphics, great dialogue. Get it. Nuff said!

  • Dylan

    I started playing this last week and it has been so freaking addictive. Great game, great graphics, great dialogue. Get it. Nuff said!

  • rich_952000

    Hey nice write-up Mr. Hodapp.

    THV by Low Five Games gets a high 5 from me. This is the absolute best game I have seen released this month, and it's a great way to start off 2010.

    Oh, and btw, the A-hole on the AppStore who left a 3 star review because of "poor gameplay" needs to look around, this game has better gameplay than 90% of the games available on iTunes.

    Nice job LFG you all deserve to celebrate ;)

  • rich_952000

    Hey nice write-up Mr. Hodapp.

    THV by Low Five Games gets a high 5 from me. This is the absolute best game I have seen released this month, and it's a great way to start off 2010.

    Oh, and btw, the A-hole on the AppStore who left a 3 star review because of "poor gameplay" needs to look around, this game has better gameplay than 90% of the games available on iTunes.

    Nice job LFG you all deserve to celebrate ;)

  • http://andrewandavid.blogspot.com andrew

    woot woot - let's hear it for Vikings versus Ninjas.

    Die evil ugly ninjas.

  • http://andrewandavid.blogspot.com andrew

    woot woot - let's hear it for Vikings versus Ninjas.

    Die evil ugly ninjas.