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POSTED 12/11/12


WHEN VIKINGS ATTACK!

Sony




After an attack is over, and the all-clear has been sounded, arrangements will be made as soon as possible to treat any people who are ill or injured...

Good, ’cos casualties will be numerous – and fun!

Imagine Smash TV set in England, populated by everyday people... and Vikings! What if they had no boomsticks for bang-bang-shoot-shooting? All’s good, they can just chuck shit at each other. Not literally (eww!), rather most anything not bolted down like cars and phone boxes can be grabbed by your angry mob and hurled at hordes of agitated Norsemen, who are returning fire.

But there’s a tad more strategy to it. You gather likeminded, civic-minded citizens as you toss away merrily over 15 levels from farm to Viking Island. The more chums, the heavier stuff you can lift and propel horned-hatwards. Some people may make you stronger, run faster or aim better. Others are just special cases to nurse to the end so as to collect a swap card. Lose all your peeps and it’s retry time.

There’s some rudimentary puzzling, but essentially the above description’s it. It’s simpler than a one-piece jigsaw, and by-golly-by-gum it’s really bloody ace – mostly.

You can play solo, but we wonder whether it was even tested, as it’s alarmingly unbalanced and beyond chaotic at times. We grinded to the end – a disappointingly piss-awful, zero-payoff one - but the key to engageitude is getting another one to three players joining in. This works locally or online, so even if everybody hates you somebody in Internetland might still be your special Viking-smushing friend.

Oh, we must mention the fab inbetweeny movies emulating the UK’s infamous ‘Protect & Survive’ instructional videos (think THAT voice in Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’), with cutesy characters not a million miles removed from rabbid bug-eyed bewilderment. Now we have.

Ow! Ow Ow! Stop hitting us!

take me back to the start...

 



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