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Game #2867
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Heimdall II    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Adventure   Multi-genre adventure

Rating: 8.64 (59 votes)

Heimdall II box cover

Heimdall II screenshot
Solid sequel to Heimdall, Core Design’s underrated isometric action/adventure. Stuart Wilson’s review for the Amiga Games Database says it all about this entertaining game starring a Norse hero:

"Heimdall returns to your screens again with another Loki-battling escapade. For those unfamiliar with the original, Heimdall II also uses a 3D isometric perspective, with point-and-click controls. This time, Loki is determined to get his revenge on his arch-enemy Heimdall, who defeated him after Loki stole the weapons of Odin, Thor and Frey. Sporadic attacks across the realm have alarmed the gods, and Odin sends his son Baldur to deal with them. Unfortunately he is unsuccessful, and all is lost until Heimdall volunteers to return to a mortal state to deal with Loki on a more personal basis, not only to retrieve the weapons of the gods, but the amulets, talismans and Ro'Gelds (sources of magic) that are scattered throughout the various worlds. Except this time he is assisted by a Valkyrie known as Ursha. Hence Heimdall II.

A by itself rather complex backstory leads to a simple general plot: Collect the Ro'Gelds, amulets and talismans and don't get killed. The addition of another character with slightly differing statistics is supposed to be an aid, but you may find yourself simply using her to store items you pick up. Rather standard RPG fare then: Increase your statistics by practising combat and magic, fight various creatures and delve into various sub-plots that make up the whole. You are gently eased into the game with your first puzzle -- in this case, two villages that Loki has confused into believing they are at war with each other. All in all, doesn't actually sound that interesting.

What you are presented with, however, is actually a very pleasant gaming experience: bold, colourful and well-detailed backgrounds and sprites are extremely well animated, and it is clear the designers have spent a lot of time on the artwork... The sound effects add realism to the game and the in-game music is of a similar quality, though I found it could get a little annoying at times, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the game.

In all I highly recommend this game to anyone, no matter their gaming preferences. If I were to be truly objective, I would say that those obsessed with standard RPG style games should perhaps avoid this as it hasn't quite the depth of say, Ishar -- otherwise I consider this to be a well-constructed game that should certainly be on any gamer's wish list.” Overall, Heimdall II is a fun game that combines elements of action, adventure, and RPG genres into a consistent whole, and provides a strong platform for Litil Divil Deluxe, the third and final game from Core Design based on this engine.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Ged Keaveney & Jerr O'Carroll
Developer: The 8th Day
Publisher: Core Design
Year: 1994
Software Copyright: Core Design
Theme: Myth & Legend, Cartoon
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Heimdall, Litil Divil Deluxe, Dusk of the Gods

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