Having been released earlier this year in February, the Northgard beta has taken the gaming community by storm. A game that seems similar to Age of empires but is different entirely in style and play.

Set in the Viking era, Northgard is a top-down game with very unique mechanics such as the newly introduced lore, an upgrade system which allows additional benefits, to gain that edge over your opponent; the happiness system that generates villager units to be allocated to different areas of expertise. Only once units are spawned via the town hall, can you convert said units into certain citizens that could provide: resistance to war, lore sought, scouting , food and wood collecting, mining and many other functions.

There are 4 main clans of which you can choose, which each offer an added benefit: “The Skag” – which are focused on villager production and creation to quickly grow your clan, “The Wolf” – which are a war clan and use their warriors to push food production from killing neutrals, “The Goat” – are focused on food production with minimal stress during the winter seasonal changes and “The Raven” – which are a pirate clan and focus on mercenary work, to get that small surprise ambush on your opponents shores. Each of these provide their own unique attributes that changes the game play and strategy entirely.

The game also integrates a multiplayer mode which allows you to show your friends who is the true King of Northgard. If you don’t feel like fighting your friends or other players then you could also try the single player free play or campaign which should be arriving shortly.

Even though one game could prove to be long and tedious,  with back and fourth taunting coming from multiple opponents and attempting to survive winter blizzards, earthquakes, rat infestations and the pesky draugr and wolf attacks. I feel that it is worth investing in and I’ve had many hours of fun. There is a lot of mechanics to be learned before mastering the game, making it not only a fun game but a challenge to progress in bettering your skills in Northgard.

Northgard is a small game with many intricacies which is why it is a personal favourite of mine. With a mere download size of approximately 400/500 MB and a current steam summer sale of R185, I would highly recommend this game to all our readers and I suggest that you tell your friends and get your clan started.

Happy raiding all!

Steam Recent Review: Very Positive (1,446 reviews)
Steam Overall Review:  Very Positive (3,534 reviews)

If Odin played Early Access strategy games, I imagine he’d be pleased.” – PC Gamer

It’s an impressively well-made thing, a finely-embroidered cloak of an RTS with all the elements sewn together in a pleasing and sensible way.” – Rock Paper Shotgun

Northgard is already worthwhile, and it could easily become a must-play for strategy fans if Shiro Games continues to add to and improve the already solid foundation that they’ve laid so far.” – Tech Raptor

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ 8/10
  • Style: ★★★★☆ 9/10
  • Uniqueness: ★★★★★ 10/10
  • Mechanics: ★★★★☆ 8/10
  • Game Pace: ★★★☆☆ 6/10
Saltometer: ★★★★☆ 9/10 (Tiltworthy)
  • Long games, could become frustrating
  • Stalemates often occur
  • Unit allocation is difficult to plan