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Fight other Vikings in a battle-royale against up to 4 human or CPU players. Even when no human players are left the CPU will continue to fight it out until the bitter end. First time players are recommended to read instructions first.


As this game is a passion project in Pico-8 to remake the original game, Viking Raiders by Mark Lucas, and published by Firebird on the ZX spectrum, which I loved as a child.

Game Controls:

  • Arrow keys to select direction or change menu option
  • X or V to confirm action
  • Z or C to cancel action
  • Ctrl+M to turn off sounds

Mobile Controls:

  • Very similar except in the virtual handset the O button represents the Z key


  • You can use any game controllers recognized by SDL with PICO-8


Game Breakdown:

2 to 4 human/cpu players

  • guide to graphics alike to original
  • menu/enter to reload game
  • cpu players only game will play by itself for you to watch


  • over about 30/40 turns water will freeze and unfreeze
  • catapults and army units can move over frozen water
  • boats can only move across unfrozen water
  • any land units found in unfrozen water drown and die

Army units

  • can board boats
  • can get drunk (drunk units move by themselves)
  • can pick up gold
  • can recruit/sober drunk army units
  • can recruit empty boats
  • can destroy adjacent occupied boats


  • can only move when units onboard
  • can only move on unfrozen water
  • can recruit empty boats
  • can ram other boats to sink them


  • uses ranged combat
  • cannot directly fight

Victory conditions

  • defeat all the enemy castles
  • requires an army unit to attack castle
  • game ends when no other players remain
  • short delay to give player chance to review


  • ai is easy to beat, provides minor challenge
  • picks random choice of:
  • return gold (priority action)
  • board friendly boat
  • target closest enemy castle
  • target closest enemy unit
  • target closest drinking horn
  • target closest gold chest
  • (catapults only) move away from enemy units
  • (boats only) head towards enemy castles

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i can't understand the game because the graphics

KJScott responds:

It was a port of a game made in the 90's for the ZX spectrum, I made a minor tweak to improve the input for controllers but yeah it did have a few difficulties to understand the game from just the information from within it.

graphics make it hard to understand but good game anyway

Brain small can't figure out but seems good

I like the part where they raid Pico”s house

I've never played VIking Raiders before, but if I can learn to play Dwarf Fortress, I can get a grip on this! I love games that are almost tech demos in their ambition (like POOM, for an extreme example). I think this is a brilliant game!

KJScott responds:

Hah, I wish I could do something like POOM but slowly learning and adding more to my knowledge and repertoire so who knows what I might do in the future! Also, Dwarf Fortress rules!

Credits & Info

3.71 / 5.00

Feb 4, 2021
3:58 AM EST
  • PICO-8