Meet Von FrankenDoom: Viktor


The realms are at peace, which is a good thing, but one of them is called ‘The Netherworld’, which doesn’t bode well. It’s a sinister name and no doubt the Netherworld is much like Earth’s Netherlands, all terrifying tulips, wicked windmills and baroque bicycles. Turns out the leader of the Netherlands is a chap called Mephistopheles and he enjoys piloting aircraft and participating in lengthy ice skating tours. As for the Netherworld, the ruler there goes by the name Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand and he’s preparing to lay siege to the Overworld. In the upcoming side-on action-adventure Viktor, the titular hero must evade deadly traps, defeat enemies and confront monstrous bosses in order to crush Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand.

The last time I ended up slumped over an ashtray in an Amsterdam cafe I saw a couple of those beasties leaking out of the corner of the room.

Viktor is coming to Steam in the near future and its Blink-like teleportation mechanic looks like a nifty way to survive a crowded screen of monster tentacles. I’m still not sure if Viktor has a tail, long hair or a funky scarf though. Could even be a cape, I guess, to go with the goth-friendly atmosphere.


  1. RedViv says:

    Man, Kingdok has grown fat.

    • yabonn says:

      Ah thanks – something to re read.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Seems to have grown that arm back with interest.

    • Dare_Wreck says:

      Ahh!! I KNEW that creature reminded me of something! Thanks for pointing out what!

      Now shut up and eat your quiche.

  2. ran93r says:

    I am going to purchase this.

  3. shinkshank says:

    Looks like a more gothic take on Bleed. Which ain’t a bad thing.

    • Nixitur says:

      That description just made me want the game even more!
      I absolutely love Bleed! I still like playing it, even though I’ve played through it a huge amount of times so far.

  4. rustybroomhandle says:

    A Turricanvania!

  5. GamerDad says:

    “The last time I ended up slumped over an ashtray in an Amsterdam cafe I saw a couple of those beasties leaking out of the corner of the room.”

    Don’t promote drug use. Drugs are bad m’kay?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Pretty sure that wasn’t a recommendation. Anyway, don’t harsh my buzz.

    • The Random One says:

      Yes, it’d be awful if kids who take Adam as a role model also started lacing their perfectly legal hemp with LSD.

  6. Rikard Peterson says:

    I know I’ll never be able to get genre descriptions, but… action adventure? It looks like 200% action to me.

    • SuddenSight says:

      Action-adventure was what they went with after deciding “roguelike-lite metroidvania with Dark Souls elements” was too vague.

  7. SomeDuder says:

    Willem isn’t the final boss of the Netherlandsworld, it’s obv. his wife

  8. pitchman says:

    If you’re going to cash in on the whole metroidvania sort-of-revival thing, at least you can make your game not look absolutely awful.

  9. Jekhar says:

    Mh, bulletsponge enemies. The surefire way to make the players weapons feel like peashooters.

  10. Porkolt says:

    As a Dutch reader of RPS I must hereby formally protest the slander issued against our monarch in this article. After 1987’s Nether Earth, 1988’s Netherworld, the Nether Realm referenced in Mortal Kombat, 1994’s Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds, Minecraft’s extensive use of the suffix Nether, and now this travesty, I would have hoped the normally quite politically well-minded writers would think to protest the continued misconstruation of our country as being in any way related to the typical image associated with it. Nowhere in this country do we have lava, pools of molten brimstone or even jagged rock formations. See the writers jump at the chance to condemn racism or misogyny in games, but when it comes to the systematic demonization of an entire country and its people, they are remarkably silent.

    • rikvanoostende says:

      As a Dutch reader, I also protest the defamation of our nether parts!