Bad North Review

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Bad North is a real-time strategy and roguelike in one package. The game was developed by a Swedish company, Plausible Concept, and explicitly released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. The difficult task of protecting your native island and its inhabitants from Vikings' hordes rests on your shoulders. Challenge your tactical skills and download Bad North to your device.

Graphics and Sound 5/5

It is one of the most beautiful isometric games, possibly because the famous developer Oskar Stålberg participated in its creation. The location design is made in a minimalist style, and island maps are generated procedurally.

The soundtrack for the game was written by a Norwegian sound designer Martin Kvale, who had previously worked on many other games. He was able to create an enchanting musical accompaniment with ethnic motifs that perfectly highlights the severity of this Viking game.

Controls 5/5

Since the game was developed specifically for the Nintendo Switch (it was later released on other platforms), the controls here are the most convenient. You have two options to choose from: touchscreen in handheld mode or buttons. To prepare for battle, select a squad (L or R), indicate where it should move (L), and give the command (A). If you need to rotate the camera, use R, and ZL or ZR to enlarge the picture.

Gameplay 5/5

In terms of gameplay, Bad North is a real-time strategy. Therefore, before starting the game, go through training to understand its basic mechanics, and choose one of three difficulty levels. Under your control are units led by military leaders who defend the island. You can move and arrange them as you wish, and improve their skills with the coins you earned.

Enemies attack in boats from the sea in several waves, and your units must withstand their attack as efficiently as possible. You can move and give orders to squads right during the battle. While you do it, time slows down so that you can gather your thoughts. If there are buildings on the island, you have to defend them as well, because after the battle you will receive coins for remaining houses.

All islands are randomly generated, have different terrain, and landscape. Think over your tactics, taking into account the features of each map. For example, archers can be put on a rock, and spearmen are better placed in narrow spaces. If you realize that you are losing the battle, you and your warriors can escape in enemy boats.

Lasting Appeal 4/5

Bab North is not infinite; all campaigns have a final island. After that, you can return to the beginning of the game and replay it. In this Bad North review, it is worth noting that in general, the gameplay practically does not develop throughout the game, and this can be tedious. Due to the complexity of some maps, you need to be prepared that you will regularly lose and return to the beginning of the campaign.


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