Adventure across the lands of Northmark and save your homeland from the plot in this original card RPG.
User reviews: Very Positive (81 reviews)
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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Win XP/7/8
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6.6 or later
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I wish there was neutral recommendation here. It's not a bad game, but I can't really say it's really good.
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,

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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This is a rather fun game. The card game aspects are fun and solid, it has some nice 'hidden object' mini-games for finding bonus treasure, and you can also solve riddles to open treasure chests. The story is entertaining (even if the main character is 'Lawful Stupid' and can't see through the Jafar-esque villain who gives himself away just by his wardrobe), and it has some nice pacing.

With that said, it's got some flaws. For starters, it's so short that I thought I had installed a demo when I suddenly completed it. I spent four hours on it, doing a completionist run on my first play through. There is no replay value, so the fact that it's so short is a serious problem. Also of note is a bugged out quest that prevents you from accessing one of the stores in the game. That's not a huge problem, but it does mean you can't get all of the cards and may mess with some builds.

All told, I'll give this a positive review, but I'd highly recommend picking it up on a heavy sale. Compared to just about every other card game on Steam, this doesn't justify the high price. It's not bad, but you'll beat it the first time through and you'll likely never touch it again.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Story-driven rpg/card battler with limited character development.

This is a very nice little game for a budget title. Unfortunately it has several issues - the main one being that it's just too easy. With the cards and spells you have at your disposal you become very powerful fairly quickly and this means you will breeze through this short game with ease. Also, for some inexplicable reason, the English used in the text, after having been near perfect throughout, suddenly becomes a mess at the end of the game. Almost as though they rushed it out at the last minute. These issues aside, the short time you will have with the game is a blast and it's clearly meant to be only the first of a series. How you rate it depends on what around five hours of fun is worth to you. I give it somewhere between 67 and 70 percent.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Enjoying it a lot. Simple game, easy fights (but you can make it more difficult in arena's), fun story which is predictable, but it's still a nice game to play. It has a lot of charm and the gameplay is fun. It just feels very nice.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
A surprisingly good game! I expected it to be good but I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I hope to see more titles in this franchise because it is very well made. Good gameplay, good story and good music score. Definitely one to get!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I really like this game. For achievement hunters, all achievements are obtainable by playing through normally and putting in minimal effort to solve some riddles and to hunt for some secret caches.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Decent game manage to finish it from first hand.. Its basically card game with d&d background story that resembles (at least to me) to heroes of might and magic storylines. Would love to see another part of this game. Only problem with this game is that its rather short and if u manage to get 5000 gold pretty quick (dont buy anything) and get your angel card u will win almost every card duel that u find along the way. At least I did. But all in all ive got all achievements and had a fun time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Fun RPG/card strategy game, very unique combat system. Hoping for more content.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This is an indie title that costs less than $10. Having said that...

6 hours of gameplay. Suitable for the price.

-Simple but compelling gameplay.
-The art style is well suited to this game.
-Amusing writing style.

-Few enemies. You fight the SAME units over and over. The final battle was split into two against the villian, but both times he had the SAME three units. Dull.
-Few units. You have access to the same units as the enemy, just even fewer. They're in tiers, so a lot of the low level ones become moot before you can even get them.
-Few spells/attacks. Everything gets more powerful as the hero's stats get added to damage. But I was still using most of the same cards throughout the game.

Overall I had fun, commensurate with the price. That's what really matters ;).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
While I recommend the game - the card battles are interesting and the story is also rather engrossing - I do have to point out that the text could have done with some editing. Especially towards the end, some sentences are simply inconsistent or have basic grammatical mistakes. This is actually surprising since the game held up so well until the last third of it.

Anyway, I'll be keeping an eye out for the dev's future games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
A nice indie game, albeit would crave for a bit more content.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Very basic game mechanics, and the tutorial doesn't explain them fully. The first few battles are a decent challenge until you've figured out how the mechanics work and picked up some decent cards. After that the game becomes pretty easy.
Storyline is pretty generic - you'll figure out the twist on who the bad guy is as soon as you meet him because he looks like a Scooby-Doo villain.
A poor ending too - after you win there's one pixelly splash screen that basically says you've saved the kingdom and then straight back to the main menu.
The only real reason to play this game is because it's easy to pick up all the steam achievements. There's no replay value afterwards.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game lacks depth. Very little customization and extremely limited in almost every area that makes a CCG worthwhile. I have yet to run into a battle that has present the least of what I could call a challenge much-a-less any threat of actual defeat and the story looks like it was written by a highschool student in a introduction to computer programming course. Bottomline this is just another game that is one notch above a basic flash game you can play online for free.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Excellent game, highly recommened!
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30 of 36 people (83%) 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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24 of 27 people (89%) 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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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