Released: 2 Aug, 2014

Genres: Adventure, Indie, RPG

Developer: Rake in Grass

Publisher: Rake in Grass

Northmark: Hour of the Wolf

Steam Description

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!

My Experience

Completion: Game completed once

Playtime at Review: 2.7 hours

Total Playtime: 2.7 hours

Achievements at Review: 13/13 (100%)

My rating: 4.0/10

Likes

Story is fun and dialogue is entertainin

Several riddles found throughout the game (nothing too difficult)

A variety of terrible jokes and humour throughout conversations (terrible jokes are the best!)

A decent variety of cards available

Dislikes

Quite of bit of the map left unexplored when the game ends

No real replayability to it

Battle system is very simple, making it incredibly easy to win battles

Northmark: Hour of the Wolf - Review

So this is a very short game. I finished in around 3 hours, after realising all I needed to do for the battles was buff up one super-card every time, making the nice variety of cards available somewhat pointless. The battles were pretty fun nonetheless, with a very simple and easy to master battle system in place.

Outside of the card battles the game adopts a point-and-click style for both the map, and at each location. Depending on location, there can also be "hidden stashes", so you need to hover the mouse over the area to see if there's any extra goodies to be found at each location (ignore the achievement saying you've found all hidden places, there are more).

The story is a pretty simple one, but it's also very fitting for the style and type of game this is. The conversations you have as you work your way through the story can be very entertaining, and there is some really terrible humour and jokes included (which I loved!).

Throughout your journey you can also find chests that will require you to figure out a riddle to open them. This is an aspect I really enjoyed. The riddles are nothing particularly difficult, which is probably why I liked them so much (they made me feel smart), but some (one?) may make you think a little.

Generally speaking, I enjoyed Northmark: Hour of the Wolf. I wouldn't say it's worth buying at full price, but it's certainly worth a play if it's on offer or found in a bundle.

Posted on 04-05-2019

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