A traditional colony management game with some serious Nordic overtones thrown in, is Northgard the perfect way to get into strategy titles?
When it comes to colony management titles, there’s one game that’s at the front of everyone’s mind. But while Northgard might not be the giant in its own niche, it has a unique charm and interesting premise all of its own. That makes it more than worth trying out for fans of the genre and newbies alike.
Themed around a Nordic, Viking-themed map, you’re thrown into the world of Northgard with relatively little ceremony, with tutorial guidance available within actual gameplay for single player mode rather than through an easier ‘tester’ campaign.
For those looking to get right into the meat of the title, the lack of handholding can be fairly liberating, allowing you to carve your own path early on in gameplay. For beginner players, a story mode is available which features more in the way of signposting, though this may not be obvious to new players from the outset.
Northgard doesn’t set itself up to be a passive title in the market. The title makes liberal use of RTS combat and strategic elements in order to keep gameplay interesting in the long-term. Not only does this make each campaign feel a little more organic, it also makes you feel more involved in the world and the lives of your villagers.
One of the ways Northgard differentiates itself from the genre as a whole is with this more active play style. Some management games can feel very much like passively watching a fishbowl or ant farm from above. Northgard strives to keep you involved in the action with this style of combat, making each choice far more meaningful, and making you fully participate in each victory and loss your clan faces.