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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Oct 17, 2019
    100
    Northgard is a fantastic, well put together title. I found it to be challenging enough to keep me at it, but not over the top and unbalanced. Vikings conquering, smashing, and crushing enemies is a lot of fun! Get this game if you’re an RTS fan, it’s a must-have.
  2. Dec 17, 2019
    80
    Northgard on the Nintendo Switch may be an indie game but that doesn't mean it's not an ambitious work. On the contrary, this immense real-time strategy game offers an almost endless value with its colossal exploration and empire-building mechanics and with an exquisite presentation and a perfectly crafted handheld experience, Northgard is essential for everyone who likes a good, enveloping RTS and anyone beyond that circle as well.
  3. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Northgard is a great RTS that finds its place between newcomers and veteran players. To lead your vikings to the victory is a real pleasure, and when you start building and conquering, you won't want to stop playing.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    80
    Northgard looks good and plays well on Switch. The building strategy sports a clever control scheme and ships with all updates. Nonetheless it still keeps some minor flaws.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Apr 1, 2022
    0
    this game is not good. I don't like the soundtrack, the design is awful. bad characters too
  2. Oct 25, 2019
    6
    Fun to play and relaxed pace. Kind of a mix of Age of Empires and Clash of Clans! Controls are handled excellently for a console RTS too—gameFun to play and relaxed pace. Kind of a mix of Age of Empires and Clash of Clans! Controls are handled excellently for a console RTS too—game is so easy to play with a controller. I love what they've done with this side of it.

    Unfortunately performance on the Switch is disappointing. Low frame rate when moving camera, stutters, and there are no shadows, not even blob shadows! This is pretty sad in my opinion as the game has very simplistic graphics and I believe the Switch could easily handle it if it were optimised well.

    Developers Shiro Games were were reasonably quick to patch some of the crash issues but they are yet to do anything to improve optimisation, and a few crashes still exist. (I've experienced crashes on both loading and saving games since the patch.) They seem eager to gather feedback from players and improve the game.

    On the flipside, I was really disappointed in how Shiro have been constantly advertising the new Northgard Conquest content update... but never mentioned anywhere that this update actually would not be available on console versions. It makes me sad that they were not open in their advertising about Conquest would be available, and show so little consideration for players who have been made to feel left out. (Yesterday they tweeted, "So who's enjoying Conquest so far?" Well, obviously not console gamers...) And unlike the performance issues, they don't seem very responsive to questions / comments about this issue on social media. It seems possible that the console versions will never have the same content as on PC.

    Overall it's a fun game, but it's cheaper and has more content now in the PC version, and as I've mentioned the graphics are terrible on Switch. You may wish to go for the PC version instead, although I'm opting to keep mine as I prefer to game on Switch and I'm hoping that in future the game will be improved with the same content as on PC.
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  3. Mar 30, 2023
    3
    A nice game that deserves a good rating. But there are significant drawbacks - the balance. When playing with more than 2 players, balance isA nice game that deserves a good rating. But there are significant drawbacks - the balance. When playing with more than 2 players, balance is completely absent if you play against bots - they attack the player at the same time regardless of who is in the lead and will soon win. The DLC adds 3.5 new units, and costs like a new game, adding even more imbalance. When playing more than 1 on 1 - it slows down fiercely, control is lost due to hanging for a few seconds after a few seconds. Full Review »