Bad North Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

The game was rated PEGI 12 for non-realistic violence towards fantasy characters Not appropriate for persons below 12 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Cognitive Pressure

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Touchscreen

Touchscreen controls for this game are:

One Tap Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.

One Motion Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @eamongaudio



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