Released (on Steam): 2 Aug, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Indie, RPG
Developer: Rake in Grass
Publisher: Rake in Grass
Steam Price: £6.99
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.
Completion: Game completed once
Playtime at Review: 2.7 hours
Total Playtime: 2.7 hours
Achievements at Review: 13/13 (100%)
My rating: 3.9/10
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
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
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