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Mark Lucas
Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Roger: This knockabout Nordic wargame features up to four armies slapping each other around a map showing angular fjords and the various battle formations. Swordplay, siege catapults and searfaring sorties are only a part of the potential conflict.

The hordes of Wotan The Wicked, Odin The Odious, Brunhilda The Bold and Egbert The Exccrable, swarm across the northern tundra to battle it out under human control or computer substitution. But it's nothing to go berserk about!

To enjoy such uncivilised and aggressive behaviour demands a special penchant for this type of action, because the graphics are seriously underwhelming. The kick must be on a cerebral strategy scale but, if it is, I failed to find the fun and my concentration swiftly withered into plug-pulling boredom. If it's supposed to be about Scandinavian rape, pillage and loot tendencies, I think I'll stick to the crispbread... 1/5 MISS

Dave: I've always found something lacking in Speccy strategy games. For the price though Viking Raiders is pretty good value if you're a strategist. 2/5 MISS

Ross: This war game is slow and basic (in both senses). Still, I like the bit when your army stumbles on some booze and gets rapidly drunk. I knowhow they feel. 1/5 MISS