Bad North on Nintendo Switch 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.
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 makes it inviting to new players while challenging veterans. Keep fighting, warriors. Not for power or riches or glory, but for the hope of peace to come once again in the harsh lands of the Bad North.
Bad North Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer
When you start the game, it feels quite simple. Selecting units can be done with the thumbstick or touching the screen. Each island is a cube with tiles to indicate where to move. Vikings can attack from any angle so the ZR and ZL buttons are used to rotate the island. When its two boats, it’s easy. But when lots of ships are coming from lots of angles, then it can be a lot more difficult.
You have houses on each island, which need to be protected. If a Viking gets too close then they will throw a torch and light it up. Each turn means the house will burn more, losing precious gold and units. Gold is needed to upgrade your units. When a unit is killed, it is killed for good. They can be moved from one house to another, but this will take them out of the battle for a moment. If needed you can retreat using one of the ships left by the Vikings.
For such a small play area, there is a huge amount of strategy needed. If your units are on the shore, a ship arriving could kill them. Unshielded units in the way of archers are mincemeat. This is where leveling up is used to increase shield and health. You can also take advantage of the higher ground when available.
This simplicity of gameplay is where the game truly exceeds. There is just enough to keep people coming back for more. There are enough varying enemies to keep you fulfilled. Finally, please check out our gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.