Adventure across the lands of Northmark and save your homeland from the plot in this original card RPG.
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Very Positive (122 reviews) - 87% of the 122 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 2, 2014

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About This Game

Experience all the thrills of adventure in Northmark: Hour of the Wolf, a card-based RPG. Choose to become a mighty warrior, cunning mage or powerful druid as you fight for glory and survival in arena combat. Explore every corner of the kingdom from fiery deserts to deep forests and cold mountain peaks and Journey to the kingdoms of the elves and dwarves.

But beware! Danger waits at every turn as you investigate the chilling mystery that threatens your homeland. Can you defeat assassins, thieves and hideous monsters? And who is the enigmatic stranger known only as The Wolf? Find out in Northmark: Hour of the Wolf.

Main features:
  • Adventure across the lands of Northmark.
  • Enjoy an original battle system featuring over 180 beautiful cards.
  • Fight for honour, glory... and gold.
  • Save your homeland from the plot that threatens to overwhelm it.
  • Battle in the arena, or fight for your life against powerful assassins, hideous monsters and mighty warriors.
  • Journey from the cold mountain peaks to the desert wastes and deep forests.
  • Explore great cities, lost ruins and the ancient mystic sites sacred to the druids and elves.
  • Grow more powerful as you find the best battle tactics.
  • Become the greatest hero Northmark has ever known - you know it's your destiny!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP/7/8
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Northmark: Hour of the Wolf is a small, role-playing game with card-based battles, set in a fantasy world that is under the threat of a mysterious force.The game comes from independent video game maker Rake in Grass, and blends the traditional exploration and quest running of role-playing games with a card-based combat system where you buff and curse units in order to change the tide of battles.

The brunt of the game is going from location to location, clicking on the hotspots on each image, getting new quests from the main characters, side missions from the tavern, new cards from the shop, and some money from the arena.The arena will provide you with the necessary gold to acquire fancy cards, with progressively difficult encounters in each new area, and secondary missions usually also offer you mainly gold, with a couple of exceptions, where you get cards or even new characters to fill the ranks of your party.The experience is mainly linear and not overly difficult, especially once you get the hang of how things work, and it sometimes borders on tedious, especially if you don't get the right attack buff cards and have to slowly chip away at an adversary's health, or wait for its defensive buff to wear off.

The cards themselves are split into several categories, direct bonuses to your attacks, buffs that give you enhanced defensive ability or offensive potential for a couple of turns, and cards that have the contrary effect on your opponents. Their power varies mostly in brute stats rather than in interesting effects, and the pool of cards is quite limited. Granted, having only 3 spots for units and 12 for battle cards makes this seem like not such a big deal, and the game is overall short enough that you don't get do play with the same deck for very long stretches.

During battle, every character gets one move that can consist of using one of their own abilities or something from your battle deck. There are no casting costs, just one card / character, which means that there is rarely any reason to use low-power cards, and you'll have all your strongest cards in your deck at all times.You goal is to get characters' attack value high enough above an enemy's defense to score as many damage points as possible, and the AI is not extremely potent, rarely focusing down your units, resulting in opponents that are pretty easy to take down, with a bit of luck.

Apart from the campaign, there is also a Quick Battle mode where you can play as any of the in-game character classes and use all the cards without having to purchase them first, which is a very nice idea, but unfortunately the lack of multiplayer is something that makes the title a little bit less appealing.

The graphics in Northmark: Hour of the Wolf are decent enough, nothing very good but not overly bad either, the drawings are generally pretty bland and will not impress in any way. That being said, they're not terrible either, and do a fine job of carrying the game, being in line with its simple nature. The music is also decent enough to work, nothing terribly engaging or epic, but not completely drab either, and just like the graphics, it's functional enough to carry the game.

Although the game starts off like a fairly fun experience, it quickly becomes apparent that Northmark: Hour of the Wolf has a few sloppy areas. The card game itself is very simplistic, and the entire game is overall very short, and its story is pretty generic, not to mention the fact that it doesn't go into a meaningful direction, in part due to its small scope. There are not many cards, not many characters, and only a modest amount of interaction, very limited deckbuilding options, for the most part you just go through the motions once you get the hang of the game, and there aren't many things that surprise you.

The story is good enough but not stellar, and, once you go through it, there is little replay value. The lack of multiplayer also cuts from the life expectancy of Northmark: Hour of the Wolf. It could have done with a stronger design focus, but it's enjoyable enough as it is, if you're looking for a casual card game with a story to tell.
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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
This game combines RPG with card game. It's not bad, but I can't really say it's really good. I wish there was neutral recommendation here.
It's easy as hell, story is very simple and predictable and game is totally linear. But on the other hand it's easy to start, which is not common in card games and has good dose of humour,

VERDICT:
If you are looking for difficult and complicated RPG or card game, keep looking because this is just not what you are looking for.
If you are in the mood to play something simple and get all achievement in few hours, try this, you may enjoy it.

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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
This game lacks polish. I'm playing a female character but all the dialog refers to me as a male. There are misspelled words and some of the jokes are very lame. One of my quests is buggy. But you know what? I don't care! Regardless of all that, the story is still fun and the card battles are incredibly addicting. If you like fantasy settings or card games or stories that poke fun at themselves, you'll probably enjoy this quite a bit. And the best part - the achievements work just fine! If you're thorough in your exploring, it's fairly easy to get a perfect game in one playthrough. So if you don't mind an unpolished game, look for this on sale and snap it up. This is one game I'm very happy I decided to buy.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I'm actually really enjoying this game. I'm a sucker for a good card-battling game and this one doesn't disappoint. There's an adventure mode and a quick-battle mode where you can pick a character with pre-made decks. It may not be as refined as a M:tG or Hearthstone card battling game, yet it's simple, straight forward and fun.

You do quests which will usually net you experience and some gold. Experience you can use to level up and improve your main stats, and gold naturally lets you go to shops to purchase new cards. The game does a good job at explaining the basics of how the cards work when you start the game, so don't worry about needing any prior knowledge of card-battling games when going into this.

My only gripe is that I would have loved it to have a versus mode with multiplayer, but that's a small gripe considering the price and the value I have gotten out of the game already.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Okay I'm going to try to keep this simple as honestly I'm pretty confused how I feel about this game.
I enjoyed every minute of playing it, but at the end of it I'm feeling empty. I literally did everything I could, fought every battle visited every location cleared every arena and got every achievement. The game could be finished easily a lot faster than my own clocked hours,
I was crawling and searching through the dust hoping for more content.
What is here is really solid, good battle system, a decent selection of cards.
Replayability? Little to none, personally I doubt I will play through this again. There are no random encounters, just scripted story encounters. There are the arena battles which personally I found the most interesting as some of them had unique foes that could be a bit more challenging.
Difficulty wise overall I would say it is a bit on the easy side. Not too bad but there is no difficulty setting option so one size fits all in this case beginner to veteran.

So to summarise-
Do I regret buying this game?
=Not at all, I did enjoy the time I played it.

Is it value for money?
=Overall yes, cheaper than a movie and prob about twice as long without hurrying. Though there are better value for money games out there at this price or less. I would probably wait for a 50% off sale on it

Would I recommend you buy it?
=Conditionally yes, just don't go into with huge expectations. I would say most people will play through once, enjoy it and shelve it. Without a multiplayer or random battles it is not long enough to warrant a replay.
It is unfortunate as what's here is good.


Hopefully some of that helps, hopefully some of that makes sense ;P
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