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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot of fun.

As the game proceeds and you win the simple early battles you can choose to upgrade your swordsmen, archers, pikemen and so on. This gives you better combat statistics. However, you must take care to position your troops effectively as once they are dead you don't get them back.

It's a simple take on a war-strategy game that combines puzzle elements with the combat. It soon builds into a rhythm of attack, defend, upgrade and then on to a new island. It's easy enough for most ages to be able to play, although to do well you need to work hard to manage your resources and protect your units.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The game was rated PEGI 12 for non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters. Combat involves the use of medieval weaponry such as swords, pikes and archery. Regardless of the type of weapon used against a character the results are the same, when hit there is a splash of blood and the character disappears.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Bad North usually costs £11.99 to £13.49.

Bad North

Bad North: Jotunn Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Bad North: Jotunn Edition is a free update for the game that adds new items, traits, commanders, progression and the ability to track progress between games. It also lets you unlock starting items and starting traits. There are new checkpoint islands, replayable levels and a very hard difficulty. There’s also a paid Deluxe update that extends the music and adds better portraits for commanders.

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