Bad North, a challenging island defense game, is free on Epic

With Jotunn Edition enhancements

Bad North, a stripped down strategy roguelite title about defending the Vikings, is free now on the Epic Games Store. If you love the game before the November 29 deadline, it's yours to keep.

The PC version, launched a year ago, is therefore a nice birthday present.

This Bad North: Jotunn Edition trailer tells you most of what you need to know, at least when it comes to the question "Should I download this free game?" is concerned. For more, I'll direct you to Kevin's review of the original incarnation, which he found challenging and fun until the "weak spots" started to appear "and victory over the Vikings became" more a matter of luck.

That said, Jotunn Edition has some enticing upgrades, from starting items and unlockable traits for your troops, to Checkpoint Islands "when your campaign comes to a tragic end". It feels like an altogether softer experience, one that's more in line with Bad North's core appeal.

Next week, from November 29 to December 6, the brilliant platformer Rayman Legends will be free on the Epic Games Store. There is one game that I can wholeheartedly recommend, now and forever.

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