This "rogue-like Viking simulator" is an adventure at sea with epic tactical battles and dungeon-crawler elements. Conscript your warriors and prepare for a new raiding season!
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Positive (22) - 100% of the 22 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 24, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“In the early stages of development (even when our game was still a concept), we've taken player consideration seriously. It is our vision to launch a game that is simple, yet challenging to play. Early Access is the fastest way to achieve just that!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Iron Tides will become fully available in Winter 2017. However, we reserve the right to delay our launch to 2018 should the community request additional features -- no matter how you look at it, it's not a long to go, and we're excited to work with everybody and push out new patches/updates along the way.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version includes a bundle of new battlefields, more chance encounters, additional enemy factions, and a few new characters. Our vision is to provide a complex rogue-like experience that balances challenge, variety, and consequence.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Iron Tides has over 10 hours of game play; this has been meticulously tested so that you are ready to jump into the boots of a Viking Chieftain. We are working with our community to release new content, and will continue to do so until the final version is complete. Iron Tides has enough content to keep you going, and we're here to listen if you think otherwise.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Get our Early Access discount before Full Launch! We know investing into an incomplete project is far from ideal but rest assured, we will be adding content and working with you to polish your experience. We hope our EA discount invites more players to download our game; please note the price of Iron Tides will increase after we leave Early Access. Make sure to read our frequent updates as we finish development.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We plan to stay in constant two-way contact using monthly updates through Steam and our own Iron Tides website. We encourage the community to participate in polls and surveys, how you respond will benefit the future of our game. :)

We're also on the hunt for partnerships with press and streamers. Please send us a private message if you'd like to help us out.”
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September 19

New Tutorial v1.62

Hail Warriors!

Thank you for playing Iron Tides and leaving us with a review. We learn a lot from what you have to say, and this week we are celebrating BaronVonPlay's epic victory. He uploaded a video of Iron Tides where he absolutely decimates all who stand in his way.

This week, we're adding features to help polish our overall game experience, and to help new players jump in and get started. We want to also thank warriors on the discussions board who have leaped into the fray to ask questions and post suggestions.

This week's changes are:
  • A NEW TUTORIAL: We noticed players were having a hard time with the original tutorial and needed help during their play session. We hope this new tutorial helps you ease into the experience and get to stabbing enemies in the face faster.
  • Poison and Bleed particle effects are now active at the beginning of your turn. This makes it a bit easier to know who on the field is the most vulnerable.
  • We re-balanced a few abilities on the Vanguard (Avenging Blow), and the Wolf Priestess (Remedy).
  • We also re-balanced the Trading Route quest making it is easier to complete.
  • We fixed a bug with the Vanguard. Big thanks to the discussions board for finding it.

We are thrilled to read reviews and posts from players who want to better their gaming experience. Having said that, its come to our attention that we have yet to explain the finer features of our game.

Can I Move My Ship With the Keyboard?
Absolutely, use WASD to sail about the seas.

Is There a Hot-Key to End My Turn?
Great question, hit the SPACEBAR to end your turn immediately. **BE CAREFUL not to end your turn accidentally!**

Are There Hot-Keys to Select an Ability?
They are the numbers 1-2-3-4 above QWERTY on your keyboard.

Will There Be An UNDO Button?
We're giving this some thought as it is a sensitive feature to add in a strategy game with rogue-like elements. However, as mistakes do happen, we don't think anyone should be punished for making one. We are looking for a solution to help alleviate the stress of making the wrong move, and tentatively agree to include a limited UNDO move for testing in a later build. If you have a good solution that doesn't take away from the difficulty of the game, drop us a line on the discussions board or send us an email to

Linux Testers!
We have received emails from testers on Linux and Mac, and will be responding to these shortly. If you'd like to stay in the loop, get into the discussions board and send us a message!

Stay ruthless! Enjoy v1.62.
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September 11

Class Update: v1.61

Hail Warriors!

Welcome back to all our warriors out to raid at PAX West. This week, we have some long awaited changes that you'll absolutely love:

This week's changes:
  • NEW CHARACTER -The Wolf Priestess: a healer type class with range to deal magic damage from afar.
  • NEW CHARACTER -The Iron Breaker: a tank class with high block chances to leave your enemies feeling humiliated. Also, a hammer to bash their skulls in!
  • A MAKEOVER - The Valkyrie now has a new look. A few streamers had compared her to a lovely lady ready to serve "a fancy a cup of tea". *Developers flip the table*. The Valkyrie now looks like a Viking ready to floss your bones with her spear.
  • Added one new enemy called: the Master Assassin.
  • While in combat, we added an icon next to your health bar, so that you can see how many move points your crew has left.
  • Further game balance tweaking with dodge and critical hit chances.
  • You can also spend Glory to re-roll the warriors in the Great Hall.

Looking for Linux Testers
Unfortunately, we've experienced some hiccups in development that leaves our friend Linux behind in the dust. If you are a Linux user, we have a post in the discussions board where you can work with us to be help us be a beta tester in preparation of Full Launch.

We're Connected to you through Twitch
We noticed a live stream of Iron Tides this weekend happening through Twitch. If any warriors out there have a Let's Play account on Twitch, feel free to add us as CrashWaveGames! We're happy to stop by during your stream and check out what you're up to.

All feedback and reviews are welcome!

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“Everything in Iron Tides seems to scream brilliant game design.”
9/10 – Strategy Gamer

“ and engaging...”
8.5/10 – Hey Poor Player

“ entertaining experience...”
8.5/10 – Indie Haven

About This Game

In Iron Tides, you are a Chieftain who survives the anger of the gods. The fury of the sea is against you in an experience designed to challenge your mind. With your steadfast crew, engage in quick turn-based battles and take every piece of loot your ship will hold.

Game Features:
  • A World Without End: Explore a hand-crafted ocean full of danger and chance encounters. Choose your battles carefully and stay vigilant.
  • Diverse Battlefields: Keep your wits about you as you fight the various denizens of the Iron Tides across broken ruins, ancient temples, and the decks of warships.
  • Encounters Upon the High Seas: Explore dusty ruins, bribe corrupt enemy garrisons, and haggle with lost merchants. Build your own story through narrative encounters with multiple solutions. Will you take the effort to plunder statues when your warriors only want food?
  • A Place to Call Home: After a successful voyage, return to your stronghold of Norhaven. Purchase newly available wares, recruit new warriors, and plan the next raiding season.
  • No Two Vikings Exactly Alike: Each viking has four abilities drawn from a pool of seven. In addition, each warrior has a unique, procedurally generated upgrade path, allowing for a diverse range of possibilities.
  • Dead Warriors Live Only In Memory: The halls of Valhalla sing with glory as each Viking meets their end. Unfortunately for you and your crew, your lost warriors will not come back and help on the next raid.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.4 GHZ dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2 GHZ quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X
    • Processor: 1.4 GHZ dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Discrete GPU
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X
    • Processor: 2 GHZ quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB Discrete GPU
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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