Bad North is a gorgeous tactical roguelite


Your island is under attack! That’s always cause for concern, I guess, but this island is definitely worth holding on to because it’s the prettiest island you’re ever going to own. And Bad North is one of the prettiest isometric games I’ve ever seen. That’s almost certainly because of Oskar Stålberg’s involvement. We’ve covered his beautiful planet and building generators before, and I’m delighted to see him working on a game that looks so immediately appealing. DEFEND THE ISLAND FROM THE VIKINGS, it tells me, and I am very happy to do that.

I do not have a video to show you, but I do have some gifs. And you won’t need to keep the receipt because these aren’t the kind of gifs you’ll want to return anytime soon. Look at ’em:

This is what we know:

“Your home is under attack. The king is dead at the hands of viking invaders. The young Prince and Princess flee from their home and must gather whatever resources and loyal bannermen they can muster to survive the oncoming horde.

“Bad North is a minimalistic real-time tactics roguelite game that combines a charming aesthetic and simple, accessible controls with a surprisingly deep combat simulation.”

Judging by the look of the thing, I’d hazard a guess that the combat is all about positioning. Keep the high ground but try not to sacrifice mobility.

Raw Fury are handling publishing duties on this one and that seems relevant because they also published Kingdom, the side-scrolling strategy game that bundled loads of management and RTS mechanics into a minimalist form. Bad North looks like it might be doing something similar for tactical combat, with its tiny islands and gangs of warriors. It’s due sometime this year. Hit the game’s site for more.


  1. LearningToSmile says:

    Oh wow, that IS gorgeous. Though “tactical roguelite” means I will probably never play it.

    • Czrly says:

      But real time! Real time! Real time!

      Seeing something that’s not turn-based fills me with enthusiasm!

  2. Gothnak says:

    It looks like Powermonger brought up to date for the 21st century, this is not a bad thing. I hope it has the same sheep bleating sfx before the fighting kicks off.

    • Artist says:

      No clue where you see Powermonger in this.. Lotsa wishful thinking maybe?!?

      • Gothnak says:

        I guess i mean ‘looks’ like it rather than plays like it. The muted tones, the setting, the kind of relaxed comfortable feeling of people killing each other with swords and bows.

        • SBLux says:

          Powermonger and Populous were the first things I thought of when I saw those GIF’s too.

          • Czrly says:

            Please do not propose a true spiritual successor to Populous with this art style, these delightful animations and this overall sense of fluidity.

            Aaaargh. I want it!

      • Raoul Duke says:

        Gee, I dunno, maybe the fact that it’s an isometric game where you command little people who fight one another?

  3. Ghostwise says:

    Damn Vikings. Always raiding islands and slashing defenceless o’s.

    • Nouser says:

      Vikings are both awesome and ruin everything, at the same time.

  4. Siimon says:

    I think your gfy is a bit overcompressed. The ones on the author’s site are much nicer :)