• Publisher: Legend
G. Asher, R. Edwards, C. Goodwin, J. Ostler
Our Game Rating:
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& Reviewed by Neil Collins
played this for hours as a kid on the Spectrum and C64.
I had no idea what to do - I just liked to collect
weapons, beat people up and order characters to fight
each other. The C64 version looks very much like the
Spectrum version. The graphics and sound are very basic
and the game is quite slow, but it's worth playing once
you get into it. You enter commands at the bottom of the
screen as you would in a text based adventure.
Valhalla is a strange RPG type game based on Norse
mythology. The point of the game is
to complete six tasks, which means wandering the lands
in search of the six special items. It is at times very
frustrating as some characters defy your commands, or
other characters appear to ruin your plans. It is also
at times very chaotic, but fun at the same time. You
will get frustrated and end up typing swear words into
the computer ("as you do" - Vinny), such as 'Thor pick up the f*****g key!'. When
you do this, Mary appears and punches you in the
stomach. I used to do this quite a lot as a kid, just
The final command is
...and the ending
...and on it goes.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Using a solution I found on a Spectrum website and
approx 50 saved games.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have collected the final item, you have to
return to the great hall of Valhalla. If you have
completed all the tasks successfully, all the computer
characters from within the game walk onto the screen and
congratulate you one by one. The game then just keeps on
- Neil: It's a
decent enough end for such an old game that was partly
programmed in BASIC. I'm glad this one is over. It was
very frustrating to beat. 4/10.
Heh-heh... a cute little ending. I suppose for a
game ending from 1984, it's quite good! I did expect
it to do much apart from display some ending text,
so this is a bonus. It gets 4/10 from me too.
This ending is like a congratulatory party...
only without so many people on screen at once. I
wish it had something other than this... but they
did bother putting walking animations in there.
Actually, it's quite interesting that they did
- Andrew Fisher:
I did enjoy playing Valhalla, years after the
hype of the adverts and reviews had faded. The end
sums up the game - limited interaction, the
flickering of the split between bitmap and text
display and a feeling that games could get better in
I still have the big box of this somewhere.
I remember it taking an age to load, really never
thought I would see the ending to this. Can't really
expect more from such an early game. So the ending
is ok with me.
- Andy Vaisey:
Why on earth split a screen if you're not going
to show off rock solid splits? That's so
I'm, like, watching each character walk on to the
screen using a Monty Python silly walk, but out the
corner of my eye watching the split flicker, then
reading the message, while watching the split
flicker, then watching the character leave, while
watching that bloody split flicker.
Also, the funny thing is, for it's age, the walk
animation (other than being silly) isn't too bad,
but why spoil it with THAT BLOODY FLICKER?
The ending is crud.
- Frank Gasking:
Just seen the Valhalla ending, and that game
really takes me back!... It was one of the games my
sister had with her C64 (When I very first sampled
games for the first time). I loved the novella in it
with the pictures and character descriptions and
used to do all the swearing to get Mary on the
screen. Pain in the arse to play!
I have quite a funny story related to it which I
thought I'd share, but basically my brother-in-law
Colin had spent a few years trying to complete the
game, getting photo copies of tips from various
of the time (which I found in a bag with the rest of
the games). He got very frustrated that he never
managed to crack it like The Hobbit. Anyway, when I
got my C64 around 1990 time - I borrowed it a few
times and had a brilliant idea to make out that I
managed to complete the game. So I made out to my
parents that I was playing the game pretty much
non-stop one day, saying I was close to finishing
it. Then I just took the C64 BASIC screen and
deleted the text and put in "Well done, you have
completed Valhalla" (probably complete with spelling
mistakes at the time). Thing was, I didn't know how
to stop the cursor blinking so it had a Syntax Error
underneath with the Ready prompt. I called mum up to
see my efforts and be the confirmer that I had
in-fact "completed" the game. Colin was really
pissed off that a 8yr old managed to beat the game.
I think he's pretty much believed that I completed
it ever since (though I did recently admit to mum
that I had faked it ;-) )
FINAL SAY: The end was better than I thought
it would be. I thought this one would be impossible to
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