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Bad North (2018) 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.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Bad North 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Strategy game with Action, Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate violence. 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 Level

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. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


Bad North usually costs £3.49 to £13.49.

Bad North

XBox Store Xbox X|S £11.99
XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Android Store Android £3.49
App Store iOS £3.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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‚Äôs also a paid Deluxe update that extends the music and adds better portraits for commanders. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/08/2018, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Strategy (Action, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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