Western movies, Popeye cartoons, Donkey Kong, and many forms of entertainment have taught us that rescuing a damsel in distress is a daily duty. So it shouldn’t be too shocking that in Air Viking a princess has been captured by a witch! In order to free her, Viking “Iron Bottom”, must set out on a whimsical journey by blasting himself to the tower in each level.
Yes, blast…as in bomb blast! In order for Iron Bottom to get to each level’s tower you must place bombs near him which causes the blast to project him upwards. The angle and distance of the bomb(s) from him must be taken into consideration. Adding to the physics-puzzle of each level is that in order for Iron Bottom to reach the tower you’re going to need to set more than one explosive and this needs to be done in real time…kind of (think of a more action packed take on iBlast Moki). Setting bombs in real time might sound a bit frustrating and/or challenging for some but Air Viking, tackles this in a manner that caters to the more casual gamer. This is accomplished by having the time slightly slow down when you’re placing a bomb. Now you have a little lead time to decide the placement of each projectile.
Air Viking has a lot going for it from the intuitive control scheme as well as the child-friendly cartoony appearance but it’s the level design that is the highlight. Throughout each world (3 are available as of this moment) new elements are introduced that evolve the complexity of each puzzle while still managing to not overwhelm the casual gamer. This can be seen with the introduction to using a combination of explosives from bombs and rockets (becomes available in world two) that changes how Iron Bottom reacts to each blast. Or progress a little further and wind, bouncy clouds, and a change in the gravitation pull are introduced over time. These elements that continue to be introduced bring a progression between each level that maintains a overall good difficulty curve.
The Bottom Line: 7/10 (Good)
It’s hard to not recommend Air Viking especially since you get to blast Iron Bottom in this charming physics platformer for free for an entire world (20 levels). If you cough up a buck Air Viking delivers slightly more challenging levels in the other two worlds (more on the way) that cater to those gamers looking for a fun time rather than frustration.
Note: It’s clear that Air Viking is aimed at the more casual gamer so seasoned gamers will most likely find it on the easier side.