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13 Games Like Bad North

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Bad North addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Bad North but don’t have Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One or iOS, these are a good alternative.

 

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

 

 

Islanders

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Dicey Dungeons

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

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

Duration: Between 22 hours and 28 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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 roles to determine who wins battles.


Traffix

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

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

Pikmin is 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 destroy obstacles, avoid...


A Dark Room

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

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

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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)

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

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

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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)

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

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

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Wargroove

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

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

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

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


King of Dragon Pass

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

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

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Curious Expedition (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 105 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


The Banner Saga (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


 
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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.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

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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