October 15, 2023

A Nordic City-Builder's Dream: Land of the Vikings (Steam) Review

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A Nordic City-Builder's Dream: Land of the Vikings (Steam) Review

By Joel | October 15, 2023
Dive deep into 'Land of the Vikings,' a stunning city and discover the intricate details, from graphics to gameplay, that sets this Viking adventure apart.

Back in the day, games like SimCity and Populous marked the dawn of a golden era, an age when the tantalizing prospect of building, crafting, and managing entire civilizations beckoned gamers to the monitor's glow.

However, in today's saturated market of first-person shooters and VR games, titles that truly take you back to these roots are few and far between. Enter Land of the Vikings, a city and colony builder from developer Laps Games that beckons you to step into the shoes of a wise Jarl and brave the frozen Nordic wilderness.

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Dive deep into 'Land of the Vikings,' a stunning city and discover the intricate details, from graphics to gameplay, that sets this Viking adventure apart.

Graphics and Aesthetics

The game, for starters, is nothing short of visual eye candy. Character animations breathe life into the villagers, each distinct with unique traits and abilities. The meticulous attention to detail, for example, where even the doors swing open and close with a sense of purpose, is commendable.

The way structures are built genuinely stands out, as watching workers lay foundation and raise walls bit by bit, as opposed to structures just magically appearing, feels rewarding. It's reminiscent of those tabletop dioramas, except this time, the world is alive and dynamic.

With its day-night cycle and changing seasons, particularly in winter, it paints a stunningly beautiful picture, like looking at a scene straight from a Swiss Alps postcard. Trees and rooftops covered in snow and villagers trudging through the white blanket capture the essence of Viking lore, a far cry from the pixelated cities of SimCity, and yet, it's clear where its heart lies.

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Dive deep into 'Land of the Vikings,' a stunning city and discover the intricate details, from graphics to gameplay, that sets this Viking adventure apart.

Gameplay Nuances

But it's not all just about the visuals either; the gameplay mechanics, for example, are a delightful blend of tradition and innovation. Unlike most city builders, where you assign tasks to individuals, it's the task that beckons the villager. Which is an intriguing flip of the script.

The game also emphasizes the importance of choosing the right villager for the right job, which can improve your budding city's efficiency. However, just as SimCity had its disasters and Populous its divine interventions, Land of the Vikings incorporates runes and decorations to buff your village dynamics and are integrated seamlessly into the core gameplay.

The auditory experience is also noteworthy as the musical score is a mesmerizing voyage that, coupled with the immersive sound effects, truly transports you back to a time of mead halls and Viking long-ships.

A Few Hitches on the Voyage

Every game has flaws, and Land of the Vikings is no exception. The random events during the game promise consequential adverse reactions based on your decisions, but felt rather underwhelming.

For example, I tried playing the gracious host to a group of outsiders wanting to settle inside my village, knowing that if I refused, negative consequences would occur. However, nothing consequential ever happened; if it did, my village didn't seem even to bat an eyelid. There were also some odd freezing issues, the only gameplay hiccups in an otherwise smooth sail.

Dive deep into 'Land of the Vikings,' a stunning city and discover the intricate details, from graphics to gameplay, that sets this Viking adventure apart.

A Respite in Chaotic Times

Despite several shortcomings, I genuinely enjoyed my time with Land of the Vikings because it gave me that much-needed pause when life often seems so fast-paced.

From a nostalgia standpoint, it is one of those games that invoke a deep-rooted memory of the iconic city builders of years past and offers a heartfelt nod to the pure delights of crafting, orchestrating, and, of course, embracing the Viking spirit, even if only for a brief moment.

> If you found this voyage into the 'Land of the Vikings' as exciting as a Norse saga, row your long-ship over to our Review section for more epic game reviews.


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