Bad North

Rating Summary

Based on 27 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

42%

Critics Recommend

Based on 27 critic reviews
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Jun 9, 2019

Not to be confused with a phrase Kanye West might use when addressing his eldest daughter, Bad North is a real-time tactical roguelike game designed and developed by Plausible Concept. Now, while Kanye references may be less and less appropriate as I divulge my experiences with this title, some excellent links can be made in the opening.

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8 / 10
Sep 9, 2018

Small flaws like the lack of customisation and differing styles in enemies can be overlooked if you treat the game as it comes. Bad North is a game that manages to balance the fine line between puzzle game and simulation delivering a tactical roguelike which constantly feels refreshing.

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78 / 100
Dec 24, 2018

Bad North is a good strategy game which combines tower defence and roguelike elements. The game has decent soldier upgrades, a big map and enemy varianty, but lacks repeatability.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

Bad North is a fun game with light RTS and tower defense mechanics. The levels are short enough to be played in small bursts, which do lend themselves well to the handheld mode. However, the lack of meaningful tactics and strategies left me wanting more.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

A neat little package of RTS goodness.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2018

A "gateway game" to the strategy genre, Bad North's formula of simplicity yields a deceptively satisfying challenge.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2019

It’s a shame because the game is fantastic, mechanically speaking, and is very enjoyable to play. It leaves you hungry for more and it nearly feels unfinished with its lack of archetypes or skill variety. This makes it a little difficult to recommend for the full price despite how excellent Bad North plays.

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Loved
Apr 28, 2020

Bad North is a fantastic pick up and play strategy game (a genre I’m usually terrible with). With difficulties to suit most gamers. Simple controls and tons of replay value. This is a game I’ve returned to again and again. I can’t guarantee playing this game will prepare you for an actual Viking invasion. But I can assure you there is plenty to love whether you want a quick gaming session or a long night in defending from invaders. Once your done with that you may also want to play a bit of Bad North.

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85 / 100
May 2, 2019

Bad North is an RTS that will surprise us by how simple and addictive it is, ideal for fast games, but that involves a difficulty with its roguelike elements and its permanent death. If you like RTS, it is mandatory to try it, and if you want to approach the genre in a simple and simple but effective way, Bad North will also give you the opportunity.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Bad North is, broadly speaking, a hard game to recommend even if I came out the other side enjoying it. The style and thoughtful minimalist reworking of the real-time strategy game is exemplary, but the unrelenting back half of the roguelike adventure can sour a good time. I can wholeheartedly recommend Bad North if you fall into either of these camps: someone who's into a novel RTS twist on the good old-fashioned hard-as-hell roguelike or someone who can chill out to a brutal yet serene RTS that has some rough edges.

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