Free games are free games. Great retro titles that are now free are even better. Blizzard has already given away Blackthorne on their Battle.net service and recently they added a couple of other titles, Rock and Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings. These are older games that Blizzard owns from their time as “Silicon & Synapse”- yeah, these go that far back.
The Lost Vikings, for anyone that doesn’t know, is a side scrolling puzzle game similar to Lemmings but much much more focused and action based. Rather than more characters than you can shake a stick at being on screen at once, you are given three- Erik the Swift, Baleog the Fierce, and Olaf the Stout.
Gameplay required you to use all three throughout the levels to solve problems, clear paths and deal with enemies standing in the way. This interconnectedness of the characters was interesting and challenging as things happen in real time.
The Lost Vikings hit PC (DOS), Commodore Amiga, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Super Nintendo/Super Famicom and many others. A port of the SNES version hit the Game Boy Advance also. The Lost Vikings is free on Battle.net