Northern Tale 2 is a time management game in which you help Ragnar of the Vikings restore his land and defeat an evil witch.
As the name suggests, this is also a sequel to the popular Northern Tale, and it takes place right after the events of the first instalment.
Gameplay wise, the game tasks you on each stage to reach a number of goals. They usually involve fixing buildings for which you will need enough resources.
You start the level with a single worker on your base, and you give him orders to get things or make facilities according to your needs. As you advance through the levels, new buildings and upgrades are unlocked, which gives you more things to keep track of and less time to do it.
If you play on normal difficulty, getting things done before the timer runs out can be quite tricky. And even if you are not playing with a time limit, the timer is still there for you to try and unlock stars, since they are given to you if you finish a stage as fast as possible. These are used to unlock bonus levels, therefore while you can breeze through the game if you wish, you will miss out on a lot of content.
Your resources are stone, food and gold. “Stone” actually refers to a wide variety of building materials, which this game keeps in the same category to keep things simple. You can find these resources laying around on the ground, on select respawning points or after clearing rubble. Yet ideally what you want to do is fix the buildings that make said materials so you can progress more effectively through the stage.
You will also find other characters in the map, like a merchant that turns one type of material into another, or a scout that shows you a hidden path if you pay him. It all depends on the goals of the given level. One particularly special unit is the Druid; it can only clear animals, yet it is the only one that can do so, so plan accordingly. There are plenty of ways to get stuck in a level due to poor planning, and the Druid is usually involved in that.
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The game’s art style is very colorful and bright, and while the characters are cartoony, they can still be taken somewhat seriously. Every stage takes place during daytime, with the areas you start in being full of life and the cursed ones having dead land and trees. This contrast makes it clear where to go, and the way life takes hold of the land as you progress is a joy to see. Every collectable is very distinguishable thanks to their basic shape pattern, something helpful for when you are strategizing your next move.,p>At times, you will be treated to some cutscenes in a storybook style, with a voice acted narrator telling the tale. Since the game already feels like a fairy tale, this is great for setting the mood. During gameplay, there are also small cutscenes with high quality renders of the characters talking to one another. While they are not voice acted, the different changes in expression give them plenty of personality and the story is easy enough to follow.
The story takes place right after the first game. Ragnar is heading back home after having rescued his three daughters from the evil clutches of the evil witch. Peace is yet to come however, since the first order of business is to clean the leftover devastation from past battles.
As you are fixing buildings for your people, you are approached by a scout that gives you terrible news: The witch is back, and with an army of giants. It seems she has tricked them into believing that you have a precious treasure of theirs, and they will wreak havoc in your cities until you give it back.
Now you must take the mantle of Ragnar and clear things with these giants, while bringing the evil witch down once and for all.
Northern Tale 2 is a great Viking tale, filled with cultural data about how they lived back in the day. While the game is certainly fun with plenty of depth, it is mostly recommended for people looking for adventure games and Viking story without all the bloodshed.
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