- Developer: Shiro Games
- Publisher: Shiro Games
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
- Release Date: September 24, 2019
- Price: $34.99
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Review Code Provided: Yes
The boldest Northmen have set sail to explore and conquer these new shores, bring fame to their Clan and write history through conquest, trading, or devotion to the Gods. That is, if they can survive the dire Wolves and Undead Warriors roaming the land, befriend or defeat the giants, and survive the harshest winters ever witnessed in the North.
Northgard is a Real Time Strategy game based on the nordic culture and taking elements from pillars of this genre like Civilization and Age of Empires while adding it’s own taste into the mix.
The game features a single player campaign, configurable single player skirimish and online multiplayer up to 6 players.
Gameplay is king
The game revolves around conquering zones where you have the possibility of building a limited number of buildings, each zone has a different set of resources that can be collected from it and enemies that you need to defeat before being able to conquer it.
The UI is designed around a console controller and works great at managing all the aspects of the game at the same time. It’s very easy to understand and works perfectly most of the times.
Randomized maps, random world events and different Bannermen (Leaders) that provide different boosts make the gameplay feel refreshed each match and the different victory conditions makes for interesting ways to approach the game.
The multiplayer runs flawlessly even with 6 people playing at once, setting up a match with friends is very easy and quick to start up. It offers the same array of options the single player mode allows to customize that match.
The game runs perfectly on handheld and docked with no noticeable downgrade or frame drops.
Simple and Clean, but bland
The game’s graphics are cartoony and simple, they have a very simple look and are not really astouding, this works on favor of the game being clearly readable but still leaves a taste of wanting it to embrace more of the nordic culture into it’s presentation.
The development should have done more with the visual presentation since the game doesn’t feature multiple civilizations and could’ve taken into account the nordic style a lot more.
Despite being a nordic inspired game, the style doesnt evoke that outside of little touches or references and that’s one of its biggest faults.
Despite it’s great gameplay and UI, the game has a hard time trying to teach you the ropes of the game. The single player campaign works as a sort of tutorial with little guidance, so understanding a lot of the concepts the game has takes many tries and a lot of trial-and-error.
The game is satisfying once you understand it but the game doesnt ease you into it.
The campaign didn’t have much going for it outside of being an environment to learn the game, the characters and the story we’re bland and boring at times and didn’t tie into the nordic culture a whole lot and it being beatable in a mere 4-5 hours is a little dissapointing.
Also, one of the selling points is that it’s based on nordic mitology but the game drops the ball and makes it seem very generic at face value.
Northgard is a solid RTS game that plays wonderfully on portable, save states and match settings give the game a lot of hours and makes it a great adition specially on the Nintendo Switch.
A lot of the aspects outside of gameplay seem less elaborated or have a lot of missed opportunities that makes this game hard to set apart from other similar games, but if you’re fan of this type of games you should definitely give it a shot.