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Valley of the Vikings Review
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Posted: 7 days ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Valley of the Vikings is a dexterity traversal game where real barrel bowling fuels a race for gold. Along with the fun of knocking the barrels over is a looping scoring track where sequence is all important and strategy abound. It's a great balance of fun and tactics for players of different abilities.

Each player has a colour-coded ship and a Viking token that progresses along the dock. You take turns to knock the ball into the barrels. The colour of the knocked over barrels determines which player tokens move forwards. This means you move other players tokens, not just your own, but you can control the order of who moves first which makes a big difference.

As your Viking token moves along the dock-track you land next to different scoring symbols. These award you coins or permission to steal a coin from other players or from a specific player. But there's a twist. You are only awarded these things when a viking has moved off the end of the dock and into the water, whereupon they are then put back at the start.

This looping scoring system leads to some interesting tactics because the current player can determine the order that things happen. You also get to position the barrels before bowling so you can make it more likely to hit just the colours you want.

The result is a simple game that's easy to see what's happening. The bowling is fun for younger players, but there are enough tactics for older siblings and parents to enjoy as well.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Dexterity, Sequencing and Traversal

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: HABA USA (@HABA_USA)

Players: 2-4

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 15 minutes to learn. The basic setup is simple but how to be tactical about bowling and moving the Viking tokens takes a little longer. Before you play, the following can help:
  • Give players a chance to practice bowling.
  • Go through some scoring scenarios with the tokens.
  • Show how the order of token movement is important, and how to avoid other players scoring.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

5-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young children can help on a team and have fun knocking down the barrels.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

No cost data.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Valley of the Vikings Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@HABA_USA) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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