Classic Blizzard Games Free to Download
Blizzard Entertainment has more than enough on its plate. With Hearthstone a booming success, Heroes of the Storm garnering more and more attention, the recent critical success of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor looming and of course the final installment in the StarCraft 2 saga, it seems that the industry giant is sitting comfortably on a huge to-do list.
However, the people behind the Crafts and Diablo, decided to give people free access to the games that ultimately launched Blizzard in the first place. Thus, The Lost Vikings and – sadly- a demo version of Rock n’ Roll Racing have now become free downloads via their Battle.net website.
To take advantage and to play these Silicon & Synapse (Blizzard’s original company name) games, head on over to your Battle.net account page. Once signed in, find the Download Game Clients button (underneath the green ‘Add a game Key’ button) and scroll down. Both titles appear under the Classic Games alongside another free Blizzard game, Blackthorn. Sadly Non-Us users will have to use a small workaround: At the very bottom of the page, on the right side, there is a region. Change the region to ‘Americas – English (US)’ and all games will become available. Another way to access these games, without using a Battle.net account is to simply click here, which will take you to the download page.
In The Lost Vikings, the player controls three Vikings, Erik the Swift, Olaf the Stout and Baleog the Fierce in order to progress through a side-scrolling action/adventure. The player fights to escape Tomator, an alien emperor, who wanted to use the three bearded heroes as exhibits in a zoo. The gameplay itself will remind younger gamers of the Trine game series as the concept is solo-player teamwork, as the user must make use of all the Vikings in alternation to progress through a level.
Rock ‘N Roll Racing is without a doubt a classic in the minds of many gamers. It’s sad that the version available is just a demo, featuring only races and none of the great soundtrack the game was known for. However this does not mean that the game doesn’t offer a good 15 minutes of fun, and maybe with enough interest in this demo, Blizzard will release the game in its entirety.