Torvak The Warrior feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure. I remember getting the demo on a CU Amiga cover disk and got the game soon after.
I’ve always found something oddly appealing about it – it isn’t the best looking game of the time, nor best example of a good platform game. Yet I’ve always been drawn back to it.
It is a very playable game. The levels are big, and it is just the right difficulty level. Torvak himself is frustratingly slow at first, but with enough weapon power-ups – and the right choice of weapon (avoid the Hammer!), he’s soon carving up the ghouls and weird beasts and thugs in no time at all. Sadly he’s no faster on his feet.
The graphics aren’t great, but it does have a distinctive look, which suits the game. The in-game music is good, although the choice of sounds are a bit questionable. If anything, it lacks variety, and Torvak is a bit limited in his abilities – but that doesn’t matter too much, since the game is great fun.