Plausible Concept and Raw Fury‘s real-time strategy game with roguelite elements Bad North offers players a bleak and violent vision of Viking invasions.
The gameplay is as basic as the storyline: making a group of island people survive the onslaught of viking hordes who push them from one island to the next. These procedurally-generated locations provide new challenges each time one starts to prepare for attacks and then gather resources for the next island. As the islands aren’t particularly big, one has to use their terrains to one’s advantage and strategically position troops in the best possible way before one is overrun by the enemy.
Losing people in the bloody war is unavoidable, so recruiting new soldiers as well as upgrading them is essential for survival. As there’s no base building as in other RTS games, the only way to do this is to protect nobles and commoners one meets so that they join one’s cause. Troops led by their commanders are carried over from one level to the other, so losing one is that much more painful, and it’s obviously game over if all die. So one shouldn’t expect this to be a casual and relaxing game despite the idyllic and painting-like visuals. But taking into account that there’s quite a lot of pixel blood shed (that can be turned off if one wants to), one might not really get the impression, anyway.
The game was already released on consoles (PS4, Xbox One, and Switch) two months ago, then a Discord-exclusive PC version followed, but now it’s finally available on GOG and Steam with a 10% launch discount that will last until November 20th, 5pm UTC.
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