The Lost Vikings franchise

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The Lost Vikings packaging.
The Lost Vikings gameplay.

The The Lost Vikings franchise was one of the first game series created by Blizzard Entertainment, then Silicon & Synapse. It was a humorous puzzle-platform video game franchise, with the first game having been originally released for the Super NES in 1993. In The Lost Vikings, the player controlled three separate vikings with different abilities. The three vikings had to work together to finish each level and find their way back home. A sequel, The Lost Vikings 2, was released in 1997.

In 2014 the first game was added to Battle.net as a free download emulated through DOSBox.[1]

References to The Lost Vikings in Warcraft

  • In the Blizzard-produced bonus mission Monolith, the three possible names for the dark troll hero are Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce, and Olaf the Stout, the names of the three Lost Vikings.
  • There are many Timmies in the Warcraft universe, which might be a reference to The Lost Vikings since the main antagonist of the series is eventually revealed to be a young boy named Timmy.
  • In the Badlands, three dwarves named Olaf, Baelog and Eric "The Swift" can be met. They are references to the main characters of the series, and each of them offer quests evoking these similarities.
  • Before appearing as quest givers, they were fist seen in Uldaman as a Horde-only encounter named the Lost Dwarves. Their combat abilities from the original game have been translated faithfully to the Warcraft universe. When killed, Baelog drops the sword  [Nordic Longshank], and  [Baelog's Shortbow]; Olaf drops a shield,  [Olaf's All Purpose Shield], which allows the user to float for 10 seconds; and Eric "The Swift" drops  [Worn Running Boots], and a  [Horned Viking Helmet] with the ability to charge the enemy, stunning it for 30 seconds and stunning you for a shorter period of time — these abilities are references to the characters' unique abilities in The Lost Vikings. The  [Gni'kiv Medallion] and the  [The Shaft of Tsol] that were needed in order to release Ironaya were found in the same instance, and together formed the name The Lost Vikings backwards.
  • Drinking  [Kaja'Cola] can make you yell "Dwarves. In. Space!", a fitting description for the Lost Vikings since they are often kidnapped by aliens.

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