I checked out this game because I know Erik the viking from the movie directed by Terry Jones and thought that it would be based on that. However after playing it I found out that it’s a text adventure based on the book by Terry Jones which I never read and the game isn’t anything like the movie. That means no jokes, no High Brasil and no travelling to the edge of the world in search of valhalla. OK I have to admit that I did not complete the game but I went far into the game without any of those things.

You start the game on a hilltop and after going back to your village you notice that there is noone around and you suddenly realize that they are kidnapped! Don’t ask me how he knows because I don’t know either. After that though the game is extremely vage and offers no clue whatsoever on what to do or where to go from there. For a text-adventure the story is very important and since you are given none it only leaves you with a text parser and some pictures that display your surroundings. Actually the pictures themselves are built up so slowly that I just turned them off (type ‘words’ to do this or ‘pictures’ to activate them again) leaving you with only a text parser.

There is absolutely nothing that I can recommend about this game and if it were not for the movie/book license I doubt this game would ever have been released. I suggest you see the movie instead, it will be infinitely more fun than this. For those of you that actually do want it I added a solve to the game.

Overal rating: 1/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for three different systems here are some notes:

Amstrad CPC Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
Basically the same as the c64 version.
BBC Micro Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with BeebEm v2.0.
Shows the text and pictures on differents screens which you can switch using TAB. Despite this you still have to wait for the picture to build up even if you can’t see it.
C64 Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
The pictures are built up very slowly but with CCS64 you can speed up the emu. Even then it’s still slow and the keyboard acts funny when running that fast.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1984.
Because of the higher resolution the graphics are actually the best of the lot.
Date added Dec-19-2004 09:01
Name Erik the viking, The saga of
Developer Level 9 computing
Publisher Mosaic
First released 1984
Genre Interactive Fiction