Read First or Die' section from the Dreamcast port's website, Marc Hall was allowed access to the game's assets and source code by the original developer Crazy Viking Studios. What this means is that while it is not an official release, the port does have the blessing of the creator so it's all above board. The best bit about all of this? The game is totally free and available to download and burn to a CD-R right flipping now!
But what's all the fuss about? Surely a freeware game can't be worth all this excitement? Well, once you discover that Volgarr received some stellar review scores and was nominated for several awards back in 2013 it all starts to make sense. Featuring a brutal difficulty level and some fantastic retro-themed, almost 16-bit visuals Volgarr is considered one of the best games of it's type on Microsoft's beast of a system. You control the titular Viking warrior through 7 levels of platforming action, rolling, jumping and sword-slashing your way to the final boss Fafnir.
Having ventured out into the real world, I secured myself some CD-Rs (from the 99p store, no less - so quality is guaranteed). Using Boot Dreams I very easily managed to burn a self-booting copy of Volgarr and have been sampling its delights. My initial thoughts are that it is superb. The game runs very well on the Dreamcast and has everything you might expect of a full, official release. Hints and tips pop up on the screen, you can 'zoom out' the camera to see what lies ahead, the pause menu features all manner of options to tweak. Controls are very tight - perfectly responsive (and I was using the DreamConn bluetooth controller too). Also, the music and sound effects are just great. One thing to note though is the game is devilishly difficult. I must say that Marc Hall has done a sterling job porting this game to the Dreamcast and I look forward to seeing if he produces anything else in the future. Go and download this thing now!
Official Volgarr The Viking website
Dreamcast Volgarr The Viking website