11 Sep, 2021
Bad North: Jotunn EditionBad North: Jotunn Edition is an excellent real-time strategy game with beautiful minimalistic graphics and elements of roguelite gameplay.
The core gameplay has us use our limited resources to stop the Viking hoards that are attacking our islands. The first islands we defend are attacked by basic troops, but as the game progresses, the attackers slowly become tougher to handle in numbers and strength. Each campaign’s map and islands are procedurally generated, making every playthrough unique.
Starting with two basic militia squads, we can upgrade them to archers, swordsmen, or pikemen as we progress. Different island types play to different unit strengths, so while archers come in handy on hilly terrains, they will likely be massacred on flat ground. And when they die, they are gone for good and very hard to replace - so we need to be extremely strategic about unit types. When all our units are dead, we have to start a new campaign.
The artwork is gorgeous, and swiping around the island whilst analyzing the terrain is a joy. The game truly conjures an Early Medieval atmosphere in a minimalist but highly effective way. Similarly, the music is limited to the occasional Viking horn, but brilliantly builds up a sense of foreboding and tension.
The only problem with this superb game is the bugs. Loading saved games can take a very long time once you are halfway through a campaign, and the game will occasionally slow down until it breaks to a halt and crashes.
Bugs aside, Bad North is a must-try for any fan of real-time strategy. It can be played in short bursts or longer sessions, and as this is a $5.49 premium game on Android and $4.99 on iOS, there are no intrusive ads.
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