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Game music of the day: The Lost Vikings

Game: The Lost Vikings

Song: Factory Area

Composer: Charles Deened

       
Above: Factory Area from The Lost Vikings

Long before Blizzard became the WoW / Starcraft giant it is today, and before Warcraft even existed, it released this 16-bit plaformer starring three vikings who are tumbling through time. It's an unlikely game concept that on paper shouldn't sell - three buff hairy dudes solving puzzles - but the genius level design and snappy dialog brought it all together, creating an instant classic that's been referenced in WoW and even in the brand new Starcraft II. Is it any surprise the music was also extraordinarily awesome? How about the fact it's all '90s upped with record scratches and hip-hop beats?

The Factory theme plays across the bundle of levels that take place in, derp, a giant factory. It's filled with various hazards that can smash, cut or gore the trio, leading to plenty of try-again deaths. But damn is it ever toe-tappingly catchy. And the guitar solo at 1:10? Fabulous. Just try to hate it.

Possibly even better than the Factory Area is this kickin' song from the Egyptian levels. How can you listen to this and not sway back and forth just a little bit? This, right here, is why more games need actual game music. I sure as shit don't mind solving puzzles and figuring things out while stuff like this is playing the background.

The game begins and ends on a spaceship, which of course lends itself to an even dancier tune than those above. In fact, this sounds a bit like every single dance song from the early '90s, with echoes of the Mortal Kombat Techno Syndrome to boot. If you didn't play this back in the day, a fairly good port was released on GBA in 2003 and is completely worth your time.

 

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Layton's theme by Tomohito Nishiura

 

 

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Main theme by an unknown artist

 

 

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18 comments

  • MilkerOfProstates - July 29, 2010 4:38 p.m.

    Groovy music. I like the red headed gnome..er..viking.
  • mEgAzD - July 29, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    I misread it and thought it was Lords of Thunder for a bit. Oh well, still great music.
  • HardlyBirdman - July 29, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    I <3 Lost Vikings! My brother and I used to play with my Grandpa on his SNES. Such a brain burner sometimes. reCaptcha: developing chows
  • philipshaw - July 29, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    Never heard of this game but the music is really cool. Love that last song, if that came on in a club I would be going crazy
  • goochbiscuit - July 29, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    Oh shit, I almost forgot to comment on GMotD! That music is awesome. This is unrelated, but do you know what soundtrack I can't wait for? The new Medal of Honor game. Because I always thought that war, and Afghanistan, and Medal of fucking HONOR would be great with Linkin Park. Hey, sarcasm!
  • SausageLozenge - July 29, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    This game is GREAT! I still have my copy and I wish Blizzard would make a follow up.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 29, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    Yet another game I completely missed out on. Groovy.
  • Modroneman - July 29, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Am I alone in thinking the factory area song would go great in a Fresh Prince episode?
  • Redeater - July 29, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Love Love Love the beginning music for this game. HIT IT! lol
  • Tenfey - July 29, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    This game was quite enjoyable.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - July 28, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Thank you for this.
  • CoolBowling - July 28, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Very catchy.
  • aequitas13 - July 28, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    I was just talking about this game the other day after seeing the first promo for the Thor movie. What a great game, now I'm going to have to go dust the old girl off.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - July 28, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    you should check out the game chuck rock if you haven't already. pretty catchy tunes
  • Curtis_Stone - July 28, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    Gah, I put SOOOOO many hours into that game!!
  • SenatorPepper - July 28, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Oh, snap indeed. I guess someone important at Blizzard really likes hairy dudes with big, er, swords. Good game and fantastic music.
  • enlargedhousecats - July 28, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    best music I've heard in a while
  • FenrirKar - July 28, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    Holy Jebus, this was a throwback. I'd totally forgotten I'd played the hell out of this game as a kid. And this was made by Blizzard? Oh snap.

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