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I'm a huge fan of the beat-'em-up genre. It can be rather repetitive, but typically that can be overlooked as the games tend to be rather short. Zombie Vikings, however, overstays its welcome and starts to get rather monotonous around halfway through. While it tries to throw in some interesting levels and boss fights, those mostly end up falling flat, just like the humor. On top of all that, the game is buggy with screen-tearing issues, subtitles not working properly, and glitches preventing levels from being completed.
Zombie Vikings is a fun beat 'em up that has some excellent moments of humour, with distinct feeling playable characters and a moderate level of difficulty. While the single-player alone is good, the multiplayer is where Zombie Vikings truly stands out. Zoink Games have shown once again why it is a studio worth keeping an eye on.
A fun, but unremarkable beat-em-up, best enjoyed with a group of friends.
A gloriously funny and unabashedly enjoyable side-scrolling hack em' up, Zombie Vikings is great fun with friends but falls just short of true excellence on account of some glaring visual flaws.
Arcade brawler fans take note: grab a Viking helmet, some beer of root, your closet PS4 controller, and get to munching on some brains.
Zombie Vikings is a charmingly designed beat-'em-up, but it's ultimately a fairly shallow one. It's fine for a multiplayer laugh, and even single player has its moments thanks to the humorous plot, but it's only likely to amuse you once, before you leave it on your hard drive waiting to rot.
Normally I love weird mashups too, but Vikings, zombies, surf culture, and modern references is just too much to jam in one box.
Zombie Vikings takes an interesting premise and a beautiful art style and squanders them alongside a bulk of other issues.
The occasional groan-worthy joke and technical hiccup may turn some off, but underneath those issues, Zombie Vikings is a mechanically solid and visually vibrant throwback brawler.