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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 1, 2019
    84
    All in all, Bad North's gameplay is very engaging and keeps you on your feet. Despite some weakness in the narrative department, most design choices pay off. It is a polished experience that has kept me entertained for a good amount of time.
  2. 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.
  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. Dec 30, 2019
    70
    For what it lacks in scope, Bad North makes it up with an addictive, rewarding roguelike strategy gameplay layer.
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    70
    Bad North is a simple, but addictive real time strategy, perfect both with mouse and keyboard and gamepad.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Aug 9, 2021
    10
    Very hard at first as the game doesn't do any hand holding. Exactly as described by the creators and a fun little game, specially after theVery hard at first as the game doesn't do any hand holding. Exactly as described by the creators and a fun little game, specially after the first 4 hours once you have some starting traits and items.

    I loved the game and the reason for me giving 10 is that I really don't know what more I could ask for or expect from this game. I love the battle tactics, specially when taking some risks on hard difficulty.
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  2. Apr 9, 2021
    10
    Great graphics and sound. Very simple mechanics but fun.
    I would liked it even more if it were longer and with a bit of story.
  3. Dec 8, 2019
    8
    The mechanics are basically rock paper scissors with a little extra depth thrown in in the form of utilizing your archers, shields, pike-menThe mechanics are basically rock paper scissors with a little extra depth thrown in in the form of utilizing your archers, shields, pike-men in different formations. The campaign took me about 6h which I played through in a single day. so I can easily recommend.

    I doubt I will play through it a second time though.
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  4. Mar 7, 2020
    7
    Bad North delivers in both quality and quantity in this easy-on-the-eyes point-and-click. The animations are clean and crisp. The sound andBad North delivers in both quality and quantity in this easy-on-the-eyes point-and-click. The animations are clean and crisp. The sound and music are perfect for the atmosphere. Lacking majorly in the narrative department, this game makes up for itself with strategic and rewarding play that can take away hours in an instant. Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2020
    7
    This game is good but let's just say after 20 hour of doing the same thing... It becomes boring.
  6. Jun 13, 2020
    7
    Definitely worth playing. Lack of narrative? True. Lack of achievement? Maybe. But the gameplay is actually unique, and the tactic you couldDefinitely worth playing. Lack of narrative? True. Lack of achievement? Maybe. But the gameplay is actually unique, and the tactic you could use is richer than most people initially thought. When do you throw the archer/infantry into the battlefield makes a big difference, and which party do you put on the front line makes a difference as well, which further depends on the topography of the island.

    This game is worth at least 7 out of 10.
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  7. Nov 23, 2019
    1
    For a game that claims to be a roguelike it has the depth of a one inch hole.

    This game feels like a mini-RTS game that was made for
    For a game that claims to be a roguelike it has the depth of a one inch hole.

    This game feels like a mini-RTS game that was made for Smartphones.

    The campaign is not interesting, the items and traits are not interesting, the troops are not interesting, the most interesting things are enemies and even those are shallow.

    Why the hell they give a cliff jumping attack to the unit that usually is frontline tanker.

    By the end of the game you will be using a party of 2 archers and 2 shield warriors because Pikemen can't deal with the damage dealt by the Brute Bow users and they die fast.

    I don't recommend this game to anyone, the gameplay is boring, the replay value is nada and even though it has random elements, it lacks the things that make a roguelike interesting, there is no learning or complexity in it. It's like it's not even a proper game.
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