In June, the release date for the Android port in Northgard was revealed in a YouTube trailer. This popular indie strategy game had already hit iOS in April, but is only now landing on Android. Despite the late arrival, the Android port is quite good, offering acceptable performance, a redesigned user interface for touch screen games, and there is even optional DLC available for those who want to extend Northgard’s RTS games. It is an acceptable port that should offer many hours of fun, and it is currently on sale for a 30% discount.
Above you can see the Android trailer for Northgard. It gives a quick look at the game̵
Northgard’s settings and DLC
There are six optional Clan DLCs available, which you can purchase in groups of three for $ 6.99 or individually for $ 2.99 each. Keep in mind that Northgard is currently on sale for 30% off the retail price, which means you can pick up a copy for $ 5.99, a pretty good deal compared to the PC version which sells for $ 30.
A very messy and busy user interface, but more than likely inevitable for an RTS
Here is the case. The touch-based user interface is new and can be cumbersome, especially on phones. You have the option to resize the user interface to several different steps, which helps with readability, but then the user interface feels cluttered on a small screen, which gets in the way of the touch-based map controls. The game fits tablets much better and even runs on Chromebooks. However, the UI lacks the pointer when playing on a Chromebook (stages do not contain a pointer for some reason), which means you have to control the game through the touch controls, which is not ideal for a laptop. There is also no controller support, and oddly enough, the game will crash on startup if you have a controller connected via a USB port. Players have the ability to play with an unlimited frame rate, so if you own a smart phone or tablet (my ROG 5 hit frames in the mid-50s with swings in the mid-40s), you’re not forced to play at 30 FPS. There is no multiplayer support, but it should come in an update in September.
A few screens from the Play Store
All in all, there are more satisfying ways to play Northgard, for example on a PC. It’s pretty clear that converting the touch control user interface has created some drawbacks, like the cluttered interface on small screens, but in the end this is still an executive (albeit demanding) port that is thankfully quite available on Android devices, plus it is reasonably priced. So if you are a big fan of RTS games or just like premium releases that offer endless hours of content, then the Android port for Northgard is definitely worth checking out despite a few drawbacks.