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The Lost Vikings

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From left to right: Olaf, Baleog and Erik

The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling action game which was developed by Blizzard Entertainment (then known as Silicon & Synapse) and released in 1992 by publisher Interplay Entertainment.

The game is based around three vikings, Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce and Olaf the Stout, who get kidnapped by an alien for an inter-galactic zoo and become lost in various periods of time. The purpose of the game is to control the three characters (who all have separate abilities) in order to solve puzzles to escape and get back home.

The game was originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, then subsequently released for the Amiga, DOS, and Sega Megadrive (Sega Genesis in North America) systems the next year. Blizzard re-released the game for the Game Boy Advance in 2003.

The game's sequel, Norse by Norsewest: The Return of the Lost Vikings, features the original three characters plus two new playable characters, a werewolf and a dragon. The gameplay and storyline remain largely the same, though the pre-existing characters all have new or modified abilities.

The vikings have also shown up from time to time in other Blizzard games. Olaf can be unlocked as a hidden character in the 1993 game Rock 'N Roll Racing. They most recently appeared as Mobs in Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft in the dungeon Uldaman.

Lost Vikings II contains some other links to World of Warcraft. In the "Dark Ages" period of time, Erik the Red accidentally gets teleported to the Swamp of Sorrows, which is a region in World of Warcraft. Additionally, a recurring non player character, NPC, in Lost Vikings II is Little Timmy, who is a rarely appearing character in Stormwind City, another region of World of Warcraft.

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