Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island.
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Very Positive (77) - 92% of the 77 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,099) - 82% of the 1,099 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 16, 2018

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July 24

Bad North: Jotunn Edition - A Huge Free Content Update - Arrives for PC and Mac Today!

The giant has come...

As the name implies, Bad North: Jotunn Edition is here for PC and Mac, and it boasts a giant amount of content offering new gameplay elements and systems including the ability to have select and start with commanders, selectable hero traits for each commander that give a unique attribute, four new items, and more. A new enemy type has also been added to give your defenders another threat to worry about.

Meta progression has been added to Bad North: Jotunn Edition allowing you to unlock items, traits, and more that you discover in previous campaigns and start with them when beginning a new campaign.

Beyond just content though, there are fundamental changes made to the campaign itself that make the game more accessible such as sharing gold among all units (previously tallied per unit), checkpoint islands to save progress during a campaign instead of starting all the way back at the beginning, enemy types being displayed on upcoming islands when viewing the map, buffed archers, and more.

Not all the changes make the game easier however; for anyone up to the challenge, a new “Very Hard Difficulty” has been added for seasoned Bad North vets.

Bad North: Jotunn Edition is the definitive version of the game and gives plenty of reasons for players to go back and face the hordes of Vikings they’ve fallen to over the last year, and the perfect chance to jump in if you’ve never played before.


Full Changelog

Upgrades / Meta Progression

  • Added 4 new Items – Mines, Jabena, Philosopher’s Stone & Holy Grail
  • Added Hero Traits – unique buffs for commanders
  • Unlock Items and Traits to equip your Starting Commanders
  • View details of all upgrades seen in the game in the new Codex view
  • Rebalanced all abilities that launch units (bomb, Warhammer etc.)
  • Nerfed the Warhammer, tweaked it’s targeting and added a 3rd upgrade level
  • Plunge attack is buffed and scales with Infantry level (veteran / elite)
  • When losing an Item Island you can see which Item you would have won


  • See enemy types you will face before playing a level
  • Number of enemy types correlates to total enemy numbers
  • Movement of the Viking Frontier is more controlled & moves faster in harder difficulties
  • Jabena Item allows one Commander to deploy on two Islands per Campaign Turn
  • Optionally allow restarting of levels, as an option when starting a campaign
  • Added checkpoint islands that provide a fixed point you can return to, rather than restarting your campaign
  • Very Hard difficulty is unlocked after completing Hard
  • Ability to delete old campaign saves


  • Gold is now deposited in a shared Gold Bank, rather than distributed to commanders
  • Total Gold in a campaign is more controlled, less RNG
  • Some rare Islands will have a high gold count, but corresponding threat level
  • Philosopher’s Stone Item adds additional Gold into the economy

General Combat

  • Replaced the old red-shielded enemies with a new enemy type
  • Most enemies (including those with shields) can be knocked off of ships
  • Your archers are slightly more likely to target non-shielded troops
  • All archers (except brutes) are more likely to target stunned troops
  • Enemy archers are more likely to target shielded troops
  • Axe-throwers are more likely to target shielded troops with axes
  • Infantry are more responsive when ordered to retreat from enemies
  • Pikes are more able to form up near stunned enemies
  • Archers are better at targeting when close to terrain
  • Units are less likely to get stuck on sharp corners of terrain
  • Longships landing now do significant stun damage, instead of knockback


  • Choose the look and loadout (item + trait) of your starting Commanders
  • See stats for kills and losses in the Upgrade screen
  • See home and death islands in the Upgrade screen
  • View dead Commanders in the Upgrade screen
  • Holy Grail Item allows you to resurrect one Dead Commander
  • Banner Icons altered to give visual representation of Commander Traits
  • Additional facial features, including new hair styles and gray streaks


  • Updated Camera controls for mouse / touch to improve responsiveness
  • Added alternate mouse behaviours for single button mice and touchscreens
  • Added alternate gamepad mapping


  • New UI for all Island Rewards and Won Game
  • Updated unit outlines to be much crisper, especially with MSAA
  • Less visual clipping between shadows, tiles, longships and land
  • Tweaked coloration of the islands
  • Updated graphical effects for fire and smoke
  • Updated effects for bomb explosions
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July 1

Jotunn Edition Coming to Steam on July 24th!


The open beta for Bad North's upcoming free content expansion has now ended.

To those of you who participated, we'd like to say a big thanks! Your feedback and bug reports have helped us greatly, and the team are now hard at work on the finishing touches to get Jotunn Edition released.

On that subject, we're happy to announce that Bad North: Jotunn Edition will be releasing July 24 for PC.

Head over to this post for more information on what's coming in this giant update to Bad North:
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“Bad North strips away just the right amount of complexity and headache that real-time strategy games tend to have, resulting in a core experience that is challenging, rewarding, and very replayable.”
4/5 – StrategyGamer

“Do not be fooled by the cute sound effects or adorable sprites: Bad North is not a lovely new friend. It's here to steal your time, beat you up and possibly burn your house down.”
78/100 – PCGamer

About This Game

Position and relocate your troops to fend off the Vikings, who each have their own counters to the threats you pose. Pick your battles and plan your evacuations carefully! Lose a commander and they’re gone forever; lose everything, and it’s game over!

You command the broad strokes of your defenses and monitor positioning — your soldiers do the rest, navigating and engaging intuitively in response to the situation at hand.

Each island is both stylistically charming and unique in its layout. Plan your strategies around every nook and cranny, for you only get one chance to save them from the enemy invasion.

A stronger, smarter defense leads to greater rewards. Use these to develop your subjects from a ragtag militia into seasoned warriors.

Your home is under attack. The king is dead at the hands of Viking invaders. Hope is a distant glimmer in the fog, fading fast with every passing moment. As you rise to take your father’s place as ruler, it will fall to you to stage your defenses. But make no mistake – this is no fight for victory, but a desperate grasp for survival.

Bad North is a charming but brutal real-time tactics roguelite. Defend your idyllic island kingdom against a horde of Viking invaders, as you lead the desperate exodus of your people. Command your loyal subjects to take full tactical advantage of the unique shape of each island. Everything is at stake: fail, and watch the blood of your subjects stain the ground red.

It’s charmingly brutal, with beautiful procedurally-generated islands and adorable soldiers juxtaposed against the blood-stained realities of war. You control the broad strokes of the battle, giving high level commands to your soldiers who try their best to carry them out in the heat of the moment. It’s accessibly deep, with simple player inputs masking a dynamic combat simulation that make it inviting to new players while challenging veterans.

Keep fighting, warriors. Not for power or riches or glory, but for hope of peace to come once again in the harsh lands of the Bad North.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Bad North features fantasy blood and violence. Blood can be disabled via an in-game option.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: AMD Athlon X4 5350, Intel Core i3-2100T or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 480M, Radeon HD 6790 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: AMD Athlon X4 605e, Intel Celeron G1610 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7850, GeForce GTX 470 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2.50Ghz Intel core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes

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