Your home is under attack. The king is dead at the hands of Viking invaders. Hope is a distant glimmer in the fog, fading fast with every passing moment. As you rise to take your father’s place as ruler, it will fall to you to stage your defenses. But make no mistake – this is no fight for victory, but a desperate grasp for survival.
Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.
It’s charmingly brutal, with beautiful procedurally-generated islands and adorable soldiers juxtaposed against the blood-stained realities of war. You control the broad strokes of the battle, giving high level commands to your soldiers who try their best to carry them out in the heat of the moment. It’s accessibly deep, with simple player inputs masking a dynamic combat simulation that make it inviting to new players while challenging veterans.
Keep fighting, warriors. Not for power or riches or glory, but for hope of peace to come once again in the harsh lands of the Bad North.
REAL-TIME TACTICS ROGUELITE: Position and relocate your troops to fend off the Vikings, who each have their own counters to the threats you pose. Pick your battles and plan your evacuations carefully! Lose a commander and they’re gone forever; lose everything, and it’s game over!
INTELLIGENT UNIT CONTROLS: You command the broad strokes of your defenses and monitor positioning — your soldiers do the rest, navigating and engaging intuitively in response to the situation at hand.
PROCEDURALLY-GENERATED ISLANDS: Each island is both stylistically charming and unique in its layout. Plan your strategies around every nook and cranny, for you only get one chance to save them from the enemy invasion.
UNLOCKABLE UPGRADES: A stronger, smarter defense leads to greater rewards. Use these to develop your subjects from a ragtag militia into seasoned warriors.
- Fix for reduced total campaign gold (introduced by 1.2)
- Fix for viking brute archers having too much stun damage (introduced in 1.2)
- Fix for blurry fatigue icon in load out screen
- Fix for Game Over being triggered if the final level is the only level left
- Fix for game pad movement pointer disappearing if rapidly re selecting units
- Fix for certain enemies occasionally teleporting off of their ships
Ratings and Reviews
Extremely fun game, but still somewhat buggy
This game is very fun and challenging. I enjoy the simplicity of the animations and how fast the gameplay is. The game is still a challenge and still takes some strategy to win each island. Each island is unique and requires different units to succefully complete. It also takes some planning ahead to decide what islands you want to take and which you don't. All in all, a really great, simply, and fun strategy game that I highly recommend. I would like to give this 5 stars, but as the title suggests, the game is still somewhat buggy. My macbook pro sometimes won't load the islands and it will just sit there loading until I force quit the application. I currently can't do anything else on the campaign I started, but I am sure there will be an update to fix this problem and then it will be smooth sailing after that.
Fun, missing some depth
Overall, it's a fun game and reasonably worth the price. The UI mechanics are great. It's got that indie feel to it, which means there's no silly distracting fluff, but also means the depth and balance isn't quite there. In particular, the level of difficulty between "Normal" and "Hard" is steep - it would be great to have something in-between.
Note that I've got a 2013 MacBook Pro w/NVIDIA GeForce 750M, i7 w/16G. The game runs just fine for me - I've not had any crashes or stability problems. I'd highly recommend you play with a mouse.
Has the makings of a decent game. Very buggy, crashes often. And the game itself is very limited without much variation: only two kinds of bad guys, archers take the heights, etc etc. Meandering and disorganized, but the graphics are nice, in particular the islands are lovely. I would probably play it more but about half the time it won't open and crashes my computer.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.