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24 Great Games Like Bad North

These are hand-picked games similar to Bad North. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Bad North. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Bad North, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Bad North is not available on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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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

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Release Date: 10/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Islanders

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Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @_GrizzlyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Islanders is city-building game where you carefully place structures to earn points from their geographic location and relation to other features and buildings on your islands. Earn enough points and you unlock new buildings and eventually the chance to...

Pikmin 3

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Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonolithSoft

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

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Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @LandfallGames

Players: This is a single player game

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely...

Transformers: Battlegrounds

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Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

Disc Room

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Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Pikmin

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Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...

Tenderfoot Tactics

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Release Date: 21/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @IceWaterGames

Players: This is a single player game

Tenderfoot Tactics is a role play adventure game where you play a young adventurer in a vast open world. The visuals and the Final Fantasy Tactics-style battles look simple but offer depth that requires you to learn the deterministic combat system and...

Barbearian

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Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Gimblll

Players: This is a single player game

Barbearian is a hectic action game where you fight through three-level missions by hacking and slashing hundreds of tiny enemies, collecting cash and rescuing minions to add to your army. It's a role play game you can take on in bite sized portions each...

Cozy Grove

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Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @SpryFox

Players: This is a single player game

Cozy Grove is a life-simulation where you camp on a hand-drawn island. You play a scout and explore the ever changing island's forest to find secrets and help the local ghosts. Like Animal Crossing, but

A Dark Room

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Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Continuities

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Reigns (Series)

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Release Date: 11/08/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...

Kingdom (Series)

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Release Date: 21/10/2015

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Cannon Brawl

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Release Date: 12/07/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @Petey123567

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...

Outlanders

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Release Date: 17/09/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @PomeloGames

Players: This is a single player game

Outlanders is a town-builder simulation where you are the leader of a group of regular people building a town together. Some want to survive, while others want to build amazing things. It’s up to you to guide them towards their goal

Dicey Dungeons

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Release Date: 13/08/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @TerryCavanagh

Players: This is a single player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Gemini

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Release Date: 18/02/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @QubyteGames

Players: This is a single player game

Gemini is a fighting game where you defend a Crystal from waves of enemies. It's super simple in both visuals and gameplay. As you defend each wave you can collect coins to upgrade your character and purchase weapons. It's a great introduction to tower...

The Banner Saga (Series)

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Release Date: 14/01/2014, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @StoicStudio

Players: This is a single player game

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.

Wargroove

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Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ChucklefishLTD

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.

Curious Expedition (Series)

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Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @MaschiMensch

Players: This is a single player game

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...

Traffix

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Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @8InfinityGames

Players: This is a single player game

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...

AR Tanks

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Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @JoeGrainger

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

AR Tanks is a strategy game where you can virtually build a battle on any tabletop or floor. In the game you navigate tanks around structures superimposed into your living space; you're also able to get up and move around the space to get a 360* view of...

King of Dragon Pass

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Release Date: 01/01/1999

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @kingdragonpass

Players: This is a single player game

King of Dragon Pass is a fantasy strategy game where you control barbarian clans settling in the dangerous frontier region of Dragon Pass.

Factorio

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Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @FactorioGame

Players: You can play this with 700 players online

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).

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Nourish Youthful Ambition In 7-12 Year-Olds

As children get older, they develop stronger ideas of what they want to play. Friends at school and YouTube stars create popular gaming fads for the latest titles. These are a lot of fun, but children’s choices can end up being narrowed down to big-budget or on-trend games. The games suggested here go beyond the usual suspects. While offering age-appropriate alternatives to older-rated games, they are still exuberant, intriguing and create raucous gaming fun that fires the imagination of children aged 7 to 12 years old.
 
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Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 


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