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Valhalla Hills is a surprisingly good, relaxing strategy game that is great for those who aren't well seasoned in the genre. Unfortunately, it has flown under the radar—the price tag will keep many from giving this one a try.
Valhalla Hills is a solid management strategy game in the vein of the classics of the genre and everyone who has ever enjoyed Settlers deserves to give it a chance and spend at least a few hours guiding Vikings in their quest to get into Valhalla.
It's hard not to be enchanted by Valhalla Hills and its beauty is more than skin deep: there are some relatively complex and robust systems and challenges underneath its charming presentation. Lacking a real story-driven campaign, multiplayer support or even a map editor, however, it falls short in both breadth of content and long-term sustainability. What's there is fun, and DLC is on the horizon, but the package is on the light side.
It's a charming, lighthearted game of resource gathering and production. Unfortunately, it's only really fun when things work smoothly and easily. Figuring out mistakes and solving problems - which should be the core of a good strategy game - are built around solving pathfinding issues, and Valhalla Hills doesn't do much to make those problems more palatable.
What it does it does well there's plenty of replay value however the issues with crashes are a concern.
Valhalla Hills is a decent strategy title that calls up memories of the classics of this gameplay style.
It's not quite up there with Funatics' other RTS titles, due to a rather weak aesthetic and lack of player agency, but Valhalla Hills still has a lot of randomly-generated fun in store for fans of the genre.
Valhalla Hills is charming, but it lacks compelling problem-solving scenarios, is too repetitive, and has players relying too much trial and error to progress.
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Valhalla Hills tries to bring The Settlers II gameplay up to snuff but while it improves in some areas, it completely negates some aspects on what made The Settlers II so much fun in the first place. Building and autonomy is done decently well but with the lack of continuation and multiplayer makes it pale in comparison. Its price for entry is very worrying too and doesn't help matters.