God of Thunder is a 1993 puzzle-adventure developed by Adept software and published by Software Creations. The game was a shareware release originally, with the first episode being free to distribute and the final two comprising the registered version. However, the full game is now available as freeware from Adept’s website.
The game puts you in control of Thor, the viking god of thunder, who has been sent by Odin on a quest to defeat the god of mischief, Loki. Over the course of three episodes you must travel through a series of puzzles, ultimately reaching a battle with an evil creature (or in the third episode, Loki himself).
The game is played from a top-down perspective, with Thor being controlled by the arrow keys. Thor carried with him his magical hammer, Mjolnir, which can be thrown at enemies, always returning to Thor due to the magic contained within. The game conisists of a number of connected areas (in a similar way to ‘The Legend of Zelda’), and there are a variety of different things that can be encountered in each area; battles with numerous enemies, jewels that can be used as currency, houses and shops, friendly characters, and, most frequently, puzzles.
The puzzles begin simple and become more challenging as the game progresses, with some later puzzles requiring a bit of thought to get through. Common solutions involve pressing buttons in a correct sequence, or moving objects around to prevent enemies being able to shoot at the player.
There are also plenty of interesting characters to meet in each of the game’s towns, some of whom have some interesting and silly stories. The game has a fun sense of humour with plenty of jokes in the conversations with various characters throughout the game, and even the signs and names of shops are sometimes filled with silly jokes and puns.
Graphically everything is nice, the game is colourful and the townspeople look cheerful, although it can be easy to mistake friendly characters for enemies if you’re not careful, and killing friendly people will cost you points (although the characters will come back to life if you leave and return to the area).
The boss fights were a little frustrating as the game doesn’t feel so good to control when it comes to these more action-based battles, however they weren’t too difficult, and the game is quite lenient in that there are no lives or game-over system, and if you die you will restart in the same area you are already in, so there is no real impact to progress.
Overall, this is a very fun game that I enjoyed when I was a lot younger, and it was good to finally play again and experience the final two episodes for the first time. As it’s freeware, there’s no reason not to download it and give it a try!