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Not Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 1.5 hrs on record (1.5 hrs at review time)
Posted: Feb 29, 2020 @ 10:26pm
Updated: May 20, 2020 @ 4:11pm

At a Glance
(Adult) Content
Yes.
Censorship
No. Woot!
Hours of Gameplay
Two hours.
Modding Support?
No.
Patch Available?
Yes, download as Steam DLC.

King of Vikings is a visual novel about a kingdom's plight to defeat one (of eight) beasts of the Cataclysm, to save mankind for certain extinction.

Gameplay
You click through text boxes and occasionally make decisions, which will influence events and how the game ends. You can save and load at anytime, and if you miss any text you can click the "Log" to see a log of previous text. I have to say, compared to King Fey Games last release, I did notice more prompts. The decisions didn't feel very. . . weighted, but I did feel as though I played a bigger part in the story.

Story
Ragnar the Silver-tongued tells us the story of how he saved the Kingdom of Vestland, using his famous "silver tongue". A "giant octopus monster" has been seen off the coasts of the Jarl Sven's lands. The Jarls reckon the beast is Kotallo, a sort of "boogy man" taught to children to keep them from swimming into open water. Turns out, he's actually real. He's bigger than the biggest longboat, and loud as "a thousand lions". With Kotallo on the loose, the Council is convinced that "The Cataclysm" has arrived.

The Cataclysm is a saga which describes "eight mighty beasts" and a how they will "challenge man one by one", signaling the end of mankind. Kotallo is the first of the "mighty beasts". Ragnar is tasked with recruiting Freja the Valkyrie, with the intention of fulfilling the Saga of the Cataclysm. Apparently, a Valkyrie of the South is 'spoused to "ram his spear down Kotallo's mouth." She's the last of the living Valkyries (and why that's so is anyone's guess).

Ragnar is to be accompanied by Helga, the Queen's personal shieldmaiden. She brings him the Spear of Odin, a weapon described by the Saga. With the Spear of Odin in hand, all that's left (to defeat Kotallo) is Freja and the "Serum of Odin" (which is later revealed).

The game ends on a cliffhanger, based on the "eight mighty beasts". Here's a clue. Kotallo is the first. Does that mean that there is going to be King of the Kings: Part Eight? Because that would blow.

Visuals
The title menu looks unpromising. Plain background and offcentered text boxes. There are no "options" which can set from the title menu. Apparently, King Fey Games took a step back from their last titlescreen, King of Volleyball. The backgrounds look okay, but there aren't maybe to see. They are inconsistently styled. The character portraits also look good, but very cartoony. They are not varied, so you'd better learn to like 'em. There are few full-art pieces, all reserved for the endings.

Verdict
I have mixed feelings about this title. It's too short for the price and content. The story and visuals didn't impress me. You never get to see Kotallo. It ends on a cliffhanger (implying more publications). The visuals are unvaried. There was too many names and places front-loaded (without context, leaving me as a reader confused).

The more I think about it. . . I lean on "Not Recommended." But by all means, I would give this tale a try when it's on sale. It fell short of my expectations, but it's worth a shot.

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3 Comments
DatWombat May 20, 2020 @ 4:10pm 
Ah yes, I think I ended up installing the adult patch (from the developers' website) after writing the review, but I don't recall it changing the game significantly. If I remember correctly, it added a couple lewd CGs.

The adult patch on Steam was released long after I wrote this review. Now that you mention it, I could probably add a few revisions to this article.
Shaun May 20, 2020 @ 4:00pm 
Except it does have a 18+ patch right on the store page and free.
The Cupid CTDV Critter May 5, 2020 @ 2:01pm 
No patch: This game is an M rated game.
But in the future if they did... they would make it Adults Only.