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  • Summary: 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.

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    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.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    80
    Bad North strips away just the right amount of complexity and headache that real-time strategy games tend to have, resulting in a core experience that is challenging, rewarding, and very replayable.
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    78
    Mostly delightful and sometimes punishing, Bad North is a fun alternative to more complex strategy games.
  3. Bad North is a good strategy game which combines tower defense and roguelike elements. The game has decent soldier upgrades, a big map and enemy variety, but lacks repeatability.
  4. Feb 3, 2019
    72
    Minimalistic and consistent real-time strategy game, which lacks some variety in the long term.
  5. Jan 9, 2019
    70
    Bad North is a simple, but addictive real time strategy, perfect both with mouse and keyboard and gamepad.
  6. Oct 23, 2018
    70
    A lack of variety doesn’t mar an otherwise captivating game - it's a compelling strategy and tower defence game.
  7. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    65
    A minimalistic, good-looking RTS built around a heavily emphasised risk/reward system. It might not be remarkable, but it was still able to make me lose track of time. [01/2019, p.78]

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  1. Dec 1, 2018
    5
    This game is fine, but it has a fatal flaw. It has no variety, and the replay value is really low. It is a big flaw considering that thisThis game is fine, but it has a fatal flaw. It has no variety, and the replay value is really low. It is a big flaw considering that this game is aimed to play it again and again. Sorry, but it is not happening.
    This game is based in a minimalist strategy game, where you play over and over until you die, and you must start from scratch. And, since the game is quite repetitive (i counted around five types of enemies), then it's hard to try to play it again.
    The game, as a strategy game, is fine, and the graphics are acceptable (for a minimalist game), but it lacks story, variety and any achievement. Even the "loots" are meh.
    I died for the third time and I think I get it enough.
    I give a 5/10 only because it's an indie game.
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