Adventure across the lands of Northmark and save your homeland from the plot in this original card RPG.
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Very Positive (117 reviews) - 88% of the 117 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

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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
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
This is a collectible card game (CCG) with a few riddles thrown in for good measure.

Storywise, there's an attempted assassination and a conspiracy to uncover. You do this by traveling around the world map, exploring locations and fighting baddies.

The card game is fairly simple. You can have up to 3 units, limited by your command points (gained by leveling), and each unit can take one action per turn. An action is playing a card, whether an attack or a boost card. Units have built in cards that you get by clicking their picture, these will refresh after a while. You attempt to get high attack values, so your attack cards will penetrate your opponents' defense values, damage and eventually kill them by reducing their health to 0. There’s both physical attack and a number of different magic attacks, and it’s really impossible to guard effectively against all of them.

Since cards do not have casting costs, only costs to obtain, there is rarely any reason to use lower damage cards, unless they bring some sort of debuff or damage over time effect. You can only have 12 cards in your deck at a time, from about 100 that you can obtain, and since most of them will be lower tier, there is very limited deck construction. Balance is definitely an issue, what with no casting cost, and some of the units are really overpowered. Generally speaking, the 5000 cost cards are the ones worth the price.

The AI is not anything special, most opponents can be easily overwhelmed if you build a half decent attack heavy deck, with a few buffs and healing thrown in. The sole exception to this is the broken card which switches your hand with your opponent’s. When the AI uses this on your tuned deck, and you get a hand full of crap, there’s a good chance you’ll auto lose.

There are a number of bugs, ranging from a quest that may become uncompletable to text that doesn’t properly reflect the gender of your character, should you choose the female avatar. For most people I imagine the 4 chapters of the game can be completed in 3-4 hours, less if you’re an experienced CCG player. As you near the end of the game, the English writing gets progressively worse, giving the game an unpolished and unfinished feel. This is further compounded by the ending which doesn’t resolve much.

Graphics and music are decent enough, though there are some issues with the cropping of the character images.
I would cautiously recommend this game for people in need of a quick CCG or simple RPG fix, but you have to take into account the simplicity of the card game and the short length of the overall game. It starts out fairly fun and refreshing, but once you understand how to best stock your deck and obtain the power cards, the excitement tapers off.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Northmark is not a terrible game, but it’s not a great one either. For every tactically thrilling fight or interesting side quest, there’s a dull slog-fest and excruciating piece of dialogue to put up with first. The developer has the technical aspects down fine, but could have improved the experience greatly by hiring a professional writer and spending a bit more time varying and balancing the card effects. 4,99€ while sales = 7/10.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
The game was very fun to play and I enjoyed it. However, it was too short, easy and unbalanced.

I didn't loose a single fight and just when I thought the game was about to really begin it ended. :o
The most expensive items seemed to cost 5000 gp and by the end of the game I had over 70 000 gp.

I recommend this game only to fans of this genre but do not buy unless it is on sale.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
the card battles are fun, but cards have no "casting" cost so there's no reason to use anything other than your strongest cards, and the best strategy of buffing one troop to ridiculous levels feels broken

If you play this, make sure to check every screen for hidden Stash areas with gold and free cards!

Not worth full price - there's a demo on iOS, and the full version is $4 there. (I got this in a $2 bundle). If you share my weakness for RPGs that use card battle systems, this is worth playing. So far (an hour in) the card system is mindless fun, but disappointingly simplistic. There is no "mana" or any other resource system in combat, nor is there any restriction on the power or type of cards that you fill your deck with. Your soldiers and your enemies take turns going one at a time. Damage dealt is Attack minus Defence, so it's all about having everyone stack buffs on your best soldier, then having him use your best attack cards to kill the enemy. Buffs only last a few turns, and you have to mouseover their icons to check how many turns you have left before they expire. This is a major nuisance that could have been easily fixed with a few icons.

Another nuisance is that within a town, clickable locations are only marked with a dim highlight. This immediately reminded of a bad version of Betrayal at Krondor's (yes, I'm that I'm old) town maps, except that BaK let you jump between clickable areas with the Tab key (20 years ago!) and this game doesn't. And BaK's art was much better (despite being blurry VGA). I thought that this was just a coincidence, until I found a treasure chest that was opened by solving a riddle, which is directly copied from Betrayal at Krondor.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
Battle card game with superficial RPG elements and a see-through plot (at least give the villain a secondary portrait). The card battles are far too easy (note other reviewers mentioning they played through without ever losing a single battle) and offer virtually no depth. The so-casual-I'm-nodding-off crowd (aka anyone who gave a positive review to Hero of the Kingdom) will love this.

For anyone else--especially CCG players, RPGers, or anyone who likes a touch of challenge in their games--avoid.

For buying reference, whatever my playtime shows as is the length of time it took me to 100% the game. I don't mean to sound overly harsh, but this game is a paint-by-numbers casual time-waster.
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EnigmaBrand
24.5 hrs
Posted: September 9
Decent game if you like the choose your own adventure books. Though if you lose you have to start over and re-read everything.
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FerociousMonk
5.9 hrs
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ISUX
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
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Vevrain
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
Enjoyable, but gets far too easy once you get a level 5 minion to buff up and one shot the enemy. Which can occur within the first half-hour of the game.

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Deffy \o/
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
Product received for free
I've never been so conflicted as to whether I like the game or not, there's just so many bad things about it and so few good, yet it had such a potential and was so much fun at the beginning of my playthrough.

The combat should be really good in theory, but in praxis it's just not done well. It's basically a card game, you collect cards - from defeated opponents, found in hidden stashes, chests and bought from shop keepers. Some of these cards serve as your "soldiers" and some are your abilities and weapons you can use to upgrade your units or cast "spells".
That's all good and honestly very fun once you get the grip of it. However once you get to that point, the game is already so damn easy, too easy actually. I lost a fight only once in the entire game and that's just because I attacked someone I shouldn't have attacked. I kinda want some challenge in a game like this and RPGs in general, it's not fun if it's not at least a little bit challenging. This problem would've been eliminated if there was a difficulty settings, but there's none, so even though the entire game only lasts for 2-4 hours (depending on you skipping or reading dialogue), the combat gets stale very fast. Also let's not forget about the fact, that your character's statistics don't really matter - only stuff that matters is "attack" and "defense", because 90% of all spells are physical damage based and defense helps your units survive. All the other stats are just fillers, they fill space so it doesn't look too plain. Now that I think about it, there's stats like "fire damage" and "fire defense", but I'm almost 100% sure that there's not a single fire type spell in the entire game.

Oh right, like I said, it's 2-4 hours long. Yep, that's real short, especially for such an interesting concept. The thing is, after a couple hours of playing, you end up wanting it to end, so you can be done with it. That's 'cause a) the difficulty and b) the story is not interesting at all, actually it's extremly boring. I don't even know what happened. Guess we saved the world and ♥♥♥♥..? Honestly I have no idea. The story is told in form of very short dialogues, the player travels between villages, towns and camps and talks with characters, that are rather bland, have no personality whatsoever and exist just for the sake of giving you instructions, they might as well just give you a journal entry and move on with it, that's why there's a "skip" option in every dialogue - shows that the story is bad not because the developer ♥♥♥♥ed up, it's bad simply because the developer didn't give a ♥♥♥♥, that's a huge difference. It's an RPG god dammit, you NEED a story OR gameplay that compensates for it, so you end up not caring about the story. Northmark has neither.

I feel like the people who made this game were like "Aight, we got this really good combat idea, so let's just start developing the game and eventually, we might come up with a story or some ♥♥♥♥.", but they didn't. So as much as I want to like the game, I just can't.
Also there's zero replay incentive. Once you're done with the playthrough, you're just done. There's no point at replaying it as the combat gets boring and story was boring since the beginning.

I'm actually really glad I ended up writing this review as it made me realize whether I like the game or not... and I don't. I want to like it and I did like it at the start, but now that I think about it, it's just not a good game and that's why I can't recommend it. Definitely not worth 10€, perhaps worth buying on sale - just so you can see how good the game could've been and how bad it ended up being.
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KaSsO | Rewards.gg
4.7 hrs
Posted: July 26
Good casual card game...with a bit of a story, though really predictable. It could be a little longer, I finished it in few hours. Also, it was very easy in comparison to let's say Heartstone.

But despite all of this it was really fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.
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EtheralDreamer
8.6 hrs
Posted: July 25
I really enjoyed the unique card mechanics and turn based gameplay.
Only issue I have with this game is the length, it's FAR too short.
Get on sale and don't expect more than a couple hours of entertainment.
Even still, those couple hours will be enjoyable.
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Valkyrja
1.5 hrs
Posted: July 16
Easy game but great game too.
If you like casual card games try it!

It is short, but funny, :)
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Hlebandus
5.5 hrs
Posted: July 13
Fun short little RPG, I would recommend it to everyone :) Would love to see a sequel.
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PistolPeteMatty
3.3 hrs
Posted: July 6
A short but very fun RPG with a decent csrd based battle system. It's got a good sense of humor with a lot of references and meta-humor. It's a bit easy, and only took me about 3 hours to beat, but I had a great time. Might not be worth it at the full price, but if you can get it on sale or in a bundle, it's worth it.
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