The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Silicon & Synapse and released by Interplay in 1992. Silicon & Synapse is actually the former name of the ultra famous Blizzard Entertainment.
The story of the game started when the three Vikings get kidnapped by Tomator, an extraterrestrial emperor of the Croutonian empire, 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 have different abilities in order to solve puzzles to escape and get back home.
The first viking is Erik, he can run faster than the other two, can jump, and can bash through some walls and even some enemies with his helmet. The second viking is Baleog. He can kill enemies with his sword, or from a distance with his bow and a "life-time supply of arrows". The bow can also be used to hit switches from a distance. The third is Olaf who can block enemies and their projectiles with his shield, use his shield as a hang glider, or as a stepping stone for Erik to enable him to reach high grounds which is not possible without the shield.
The uniqueness of The Lost Vikings is we must combine the unique ability of all three vikings in order to get through the levels and solve puzzles effectively.
Beside the gameplay uniqueness, the graphics is also well designed and beautifully illustrated. The smooth scrolling effect is also one of the best for games released around 1992.
You can download The Lost Vikings here.