When Vikings Attack! PlayStation Vita

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 21, 2013
    74
    This arcade title has much potential, but it's only grounded in the multiplayer modes which are fun. On the single-player side it lacks variety and a background story.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Jan 23, 2013
    72
    Pointless violence is fun and this viking showdown is good for some old-fashioned arcade smashing especially in multiplayer mode. It's an debut to old Amiga games. Back then all you needed was a joystick with two buttons. [Jan 2013]
  3. Nov 23, 2012
    70
    It's a fun game whose only purpose is to amuse those who invest their money in it. But before spending your money, you should know that a dedicated friends list is necessary to pull the most fun out of it.
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Any time you're ready to lose yourself to some head-down, three-chord fun, whether you're playing on Vita or PS3, When Vikings Attack is waiting to show you a real cool time.
  5. 70
    When Vikings Attack has tons of fun moments, and comes recommended if you're willing to meet it on its own terms.
  6. Nov 9, 2012
    70
    With more room for Chuckle Brothers impersonators than Nolan North when it comes to the voice work, When Vikings Attack is weird and personable and surprisingly hard to dislike. Cushty!
  7. Nov 8, 2012
    70
    Vikings attacking Englishmen, women and children who fight back against them throwing everything they can find along the levels, just like their enemies. Straight, simple and fun are the keywords for this When Vikings Attack alongside with Cross-Buy, Cross-Save and Cross-Play, a nice title for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita with a really short 2 hours Campaign Mode, but that really makes the most of it in its multiplayer mode.
  8. 70
    A cheekily entertaining download that turns an extremely simple idea into a disarmingly nuanced, and effortlessly charming, multiplayer battler.
  9. Nov 5, 2012
    70
    A simple, fun and perfectly executed idea, both visually and when it comes to the gameplay. It's surprising how something that simple can be that fun, but it ends up becoming repetitive. It can last way longer if we stick to the multiplayer modes, though.
  10. 65
    You can play it on both the PS3 and Vita but I found it a bit better suited for the on-the-go style of the Vita.
  11. Nov 9, 2012
    65
    The real strength of When Vikings Attack is its humor. It doesn't take itself seriously, and provides a nice change of pace from the deluge of first-person shooters and bloody action games we're all becoming more accustomed to. But its gameplay won't hook you for more than a passing few hours.
  12. Nov 26, 2012
    60
    When Vikings Attack is a fun and charming little game, with simple core mechanics. Britain is overrun by vikings, and the townspeople need to throw everything they can find at their aggressors to fend them off. Its good for casual gaming, but works best as a fun gaming experience with family and friends.
  13. Nov 13, 2012
    60
    Despite being a beautifully designed game, When Vikings Attack lacks in variation and the controls just aren't good enough.
  14. Nov 5, 2012
    60
    Repelling Viking invaders alongside your neighbours – figuratively in solo play or literally in multiplayer – taps into an old-school nostalgia that's enjoyable in short bursts. The game's lack of ideas make it frustrating in long stretches, though, and although the cross-platform functionality between PS3 and Vita is neat, solo players might want to give this game a miss.
  15. Dec 14, 2012
    58
    Fun graphics and a good soundtrack can help make a good game even better. As When Vikings Attack demonstrates, however, no amount of either can cover up a massive lack of content.
  16. Nov 16, 2012
    55
    We were hoping that this would be a game that we could easily pick up, play and enjoy, but When Vikings Attack's appeal doesn't last long. Even getting it on the PlayStation 3 as well as the vita for the same price doesn't justify what you spend on it.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    9
    With great visuals, epic comedy-enthused slapstick gameplay, tons of content and sublime production values, for my money, When Vikings AttackWith great visuals, epic comedy-enthused slapstick gameplay, tons of content and sublime production values, for my money, When Vikings Attack is hands down, one of the best indie games available for Playstation Vita today. Add to that the wonderful 'When Vikings Relax' DLC and a relatively modest price of entry, and you're left with an utterly essential thoroughbred that no self-respecting Vita owner should do without. Seriously, free up 600mb's of memory real estate, drop £7.99 on When Vikings Attack (plus the DLC of course), and enjoy. I can as good as guarantee that you'll be glad you did. See you on the crazy golf battlefield! Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2012
    6
    Fun game but it has 1 fundemental flaw. You see, when Vikings attack is best played in a local multiplayer setting on a single tv, somethingFun game but it has 1 fundemental flaw. You see, when Vikings attack is best played in a local multiplayer setting on a single tv, something the vita cannot physically do. It was amazing that you get the vita game for free if you buy the ps3 version but the ps3 version is far better because of the local multiplayer set up. Trust me, get 3 freinds round and play 4 player free for all and you will understand. You see without that the vita version just ends up being an average game that gets a bit boring after a while, but local multiplayer doesn't have that problem. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2012
    10
    Why aren't there much more games like these? Beautiful, quick, cheap and, the most important of all, easy to play. It's basically what anyoneWhy aren't there much more games like these? Beautiful, quick, cheap and, the most important of all, easy to play. It's basically what anyone wants from a portable, not touchy things. GREAT portable game! Full Review »