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Game #3142
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Valhalla Classics, The    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: Indie Underdogs
RPG   Top-down

Rating: 8.28 (49 votes)

Valhalla Classics, The box cover

Valhalla Classics, The screenshot
The land of Valhalla is wracked by civil war. The good king Garamond was slain by his younger brother, the twisted and evil self-proclaimed Lord of Infinity, fourteen years ago. Now, as the sole heir to the throne, you must make your way into Infinity's fortress and reclaim your lost birthright.

Okay, so it's not the most original story, but it works, and the plot manages to hang itself around it rather nicely.

When this game was originally released on the Commodore Amiga, it sent shockwaves. Here was a game that came on a mere six floppy disks, and yet contained not one word of written dialogue. As the box proudly proclaimed, it was "the first ever Amiga speech adventure".

This was an enjoyable, logical puzzle game with no illogical or mindlessly obscure puzzles, and it could be solved without dying at any point. If you were very, very careful…

The gameplay wasn't much, it basically boiled down to hearing a clue, looking for an item and then bringing it to the right location, but there was a lot of fun to be had from trying to work out how everything fit together. In the first level, you're asked to bring wine to one of the characters. Unfortunately, there's no wine to be seen, just a water tap and a single cup… until you find the "miracle" stone and remember the deeds of a certain Nazarene carpenter during a crisis at a friend's wedding…

In all, Valhalla is very engrossing and has now been re-released by the creators Vulcan Software as part of the interface of their new, er… thingy… with the first level coming free with the download and each subsequent level of the epic three-game series being available to download separately for a small fee.

Note: The entire thing now spans twelve, not three, episodes, each of which of surprising length, being sold at £3.99 apiece, or £29.99 for all twelve. It should have Win 7 compatibility so presumably working on Win 8 and 10 as well.

Reviewed by: Frosty840
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Vulcan Software
Publisher: Vulcan Software
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Vulcan Software
Theme: Fantasy, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:   Official site
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If you like this game, try: Ishar, Albion, Darkspyre

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