Grab your broad swords and war axes because this story driven medieval RPG with turn based battles and will make you want to sail the great whale road in search of wealth and renown.
In this game you play as the Danes from the village of Ulfarrsted, based on a small island on the north sea your aim is to keep the village running smoothly through story based decisions, set sail to trade with local villages and battle the Saxons and bandits you meet on the way.
You are set tasks through the summer and winter seasons. During Summer you set sail with your loyal crew, trading goods and putting your sword to those that oppose you in the turn based battle system with a tiled floor and class based cards, the fights are filled with strategy. Once a battle starts, your leader is placed on the tile with the opposing leader on the other side, then you play cards that benefit you during the fight, these can vary from cards the bring out other members of your crew to cards that add attack or defensive power, ultimately the goal is to defeat the leader.This s a very simple premise but is done very well, although the card based system could be polished a little better, once in the fight you’re driven to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and to hear the lamentation of the women.
During winter you are left at the settlement, there you have to manage the health and wellbeing of the villagers as well as decide on what trade to focus on and prepare for snow and village raiders. These decisions are decided through story based decisions that can either benefit your village or be detrimental to the future of the settlement, be it loosing precious cattle or having to beak up a drunken brawl, these decisions are imperative to maintaining a successful village and preparing to set sail next summer. Though this is a very highly used gameplay mechanic it is done well in the setting of medieval danish history although the frequency of repeated mission is a bit of a disappointment, honestly in 40 minuted of playing my supply of hay was set on fire 3 times, a bit more variety would make this a much more enjoyable part of the game.
The art style is great, the hand painted look and simplistic styling is a really nice touch and brings back nostalgia of other past story driven RPGs, the meticulous research to make sure the game is historically correct is something to be praised.
Ultimately this is a very pretty game with a solid start although the card based system is clunky and the story based decisions repeat themselves far to much, I found myself reaching to another game after a few hours because is was far to repetitive.