Northward is a wonderful pixel art co-operative management game set in an atmospheric Nordic landscape, inspired by The Settlers, Transport Tycoon and Banished, where you build a settlement, expand, gather resources, build defenses and steadily make your way towards the mountains in the North.
The Pre-Alpha Demo is still very early in development and doesn’t feature co-op play, but it does offer a taster of the basics of the gameplay in Northward. Once you figure out the what to do, it’s a fairly simple and fun way to manage building the town, with villagers commanded to work in different buildings where they’ll continue to work autonomously. Once you’ve created a few arrow towers and fully stacked them up with arrows, just click on the skull at the top of the map, and you’ll have to defend against a few waves of enemies. It is a fairly short demo, but it does a good job of showing off the gameplay and cool retro visuals.
Management games are usually a solitary affair, so co-op is a welcome addition in Northward. In the full game you’ll be able to plan and build your settlement together, (hopefully) working in harmony to tackle catastrophic events. This co-op gameplay combined with the wonderful pixel art graphical style and easily approachable settlement building make Northward an enticing prospect. Go North!