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Northern Journey Review

  • Published on Jun 7, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Northern Journey is an adventure FPS game set in a Norwegian happysad land full of mysterious creatures and secrets. Also lots and lots of spiders.
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    I take video suggestions at mandaloremovies@gmail.com
    Twitter: Lord_Mandalore
    Captions by: @ValentineGrimCC
    00:00 - Intro
    00:21 - Game Premise
    02:23 - Visuals
    05:55 - Music & Sound Design
    09:52 - Gameplay Mechanics
    13:42 - Conclusions
    14:27 - Credits
    15:35 - or Air Breathing
    #NorthernJourney #indiegame #indiegames
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  • MandaloreGaming
    MandaloreGaming  3 months ago +903

    Northern Journey on Steam - store.steampowered.com/app/1639790/Northern_Journey/
    Maybe the real treasure were the spiders we found along the way.

    • The Spruce Moose
      The Spruce Moose 3 months ago +1

      Hey Mandalore what's your favourite Shrek film?

    • Łukasz Grzesik
      Łukasz Grzesik 3 months ago

      Feels like a good occasion to once again ask if you plan to do a vid about other Ice Pick Lodge game: The Void (aka Tension, aka Turgor)? Flawed execution to be sure but one of more unique games I ever played.

    • Danieal Rifqie
      Danieal Rifqie 3 months ago


    • vlkafenryka
      vlkafenryka 3 months ago +1

      @The Spruce Moose You

    • The Spruce Moose
      The Spruce Moose 3 months ago +2

      @vlkafenryka I've never felt more honoured.

  • John Hock
    John Hock 3 months ago +2111

    Interestingly, the developer of this game made a vlog about his development process, and indeed his hobbies include hiking, scuba diving, and archery. He even went so far as to photograph native plants where he lives and turn them into the textures and foliage you see in the game. It's remarkably genuine. The developers' name on youtube is Slid Studio btw.

    • Trigonomicon
      Trigonomicon 3 months ago +200

      Other favorite bit from the making of: He considered following tutorials and making a couple smaller games first which is the smart thing that everyone recommends, but decided he wouldn't be able to keep his interest up doing that so he went straight to making this as his first project ever basically.

    • Russell Nesbitt
      Russell Nesbitt 3 months ago +99

      Archery makes a lot of sense. I build medieval crossbows as a hobby and I was amazed by how realistic the ones in the video were. Some of them were obviously invented, but the rest were dead on the money in terms of scale, shape, and design. I might have to pick up this game just to get some inspiration from his designs.

    • Grasses On
      Grasses On 3 months ago +21

      I saw that video. He seems like a really eccentric person. It's quite inspiring how much work he put into this. Truly a passion project to see his vision realized.

    • SomeKindaSpy
      SomeKindaSpy 3 months ago +3

      I love that so much. I need this dev to make more games, this was great. Buying it now.

    • Laucron
      Laucron 3 months ago +8

      ​@Russell Nesbitt you build crossbows? That's pretty rad

  • Arran
    Arran 3 months ago +404

    I LOVE when folklore is portrayed as a balancing act between creepy and quirky

    • StrikeWarlock
      StrikeWarlock 2 months ago +17

      Amusingly enough, I've assumed that the reason why schizophrenia episodes tend to be whimsical outside of the US is because they're not as fixated to Good vs. Evil as we are, which causes people in the US who do have it to vilify their mental disability and it proceeds to react in kind.

    • ColdHawk
      ColdHawk Month ago

      @StrikeWarlock- Now THAT is one of the most interesting takes I have ever heard. What is your background, friend?

    • Dopamine Cloud
      Dopamine Cloud Month ago +2

      @StrikeWarlock There is no sin without piety. Very old wisdom.

  • Bacon Boy
    Bacon Boy 3 months ago +155

    One part I liked about this game is that it didn’t go for usual Viking fantasy tropes but instead it’s more dark and mysterious Nordic folksy style that I like a lot more.

    • Trigonomicon
      Trigonomicon 3 months ago +23

      Playing the game i could tell that it was made by someone that had grown up with these kinds of stories rather than someone who had read up on it later in life from an outside perspective.

    • SpecterVonBaren
      SpecterVonBaren 2 months ago +11

      Forest Nords versus Sea Nords.

  • Tömör Bataar
    Tömör Bataar 3 months ago +1135

    As a Norwegian I don't understand why I gave this game a pass until now. Looking at this it seems the dev nailed the creepy factor of Norwegian folklore and nature. It's something often lost in translation when Scandinavian folklore creatures gets represented in games and media, even trolls are supposed to creep you out and not just be a dumb giant brute.
    So fun seeing domestic devs actually representing Scandinavian folk tales correctly, with this game, Bramble and Through the Woods.

    • Athalwolf
      Athalwolf 3 months ago +67

      A lot of Scandinavian or Norwegian lore being misrepresented can be probably traced back to DnD or LOTR

    • chstens
      chstens 3 months ago +70

      @Athalwolf And more recently Marvel, as sad as that is. That aside though, this game feels like home

    • EnviedShadow
      EnviedShadow 3 months ago +9

      There isn't really a "correct" way to represent mythologies, but more diverse interpretations going mainstream are always neat.

    • Andrew Meyer
      Andrew Meyer 3 months ago +33

      ​@Rumms1 LOTR is an amalgamation of multiple European mythologies. While accurate to say Tolkien was inspired by said folklore is way more respectful to the man and what he was trying to achieve. Now, the Witcher series does kinda twist shit, like trolls being absolute dipshits

    • DavidFastHands
      DavidFastHands 3 months ago +7

      I think my favorite representation of trolls in video games has been pathfinder kingmaker, even there they’re kind of dumb brutes, but their king has some stuff going on in his brain

  • Bad Roady
    Bad Roady 3 months ago +253

    10:30 I think it's pretty cool that when the witch falls she starts to flip end over end. Y'know, like she was affected by momentum and gravity? Too many games just have falling animations like an old-school Mario character, ramrod straight as the plunge into the unloving abyss.

    • Jaydee8652
      Jaydee8652 3 months ago +2

      You Ringrolled me!

    • Arkana
      Arkana 2 months ago +2

      I think that IS her falling animation, not physics.

    • SashaMinkh
      SashaMinkh Month ago

      Also, was that scream one of the horses from Charlie the Unicorn?

    • headphonic8
      headphonic8 24 days ago

      @Arkanait is, but at least the effort was made. I know AAA games where they have the physics but don't even bother with an animation

  • Collin McLean
    Collin McLean 3 months ago +1763

    I love Nordic settings. They manage to strike an incredible balance between "Beautiful fairytale wilderness from your grandmother's old story books" and "Mushroom induced nightmare damned by your ancestor- FUCK ME WHAT IS THAT?!"

    • applehecc
      applehecc 3 months ago +22

      I stayed up watching Midsomar last night and I kept thinking this during the video

    • Einherjar
      Einherjar 3 months ago +7

      I think it's obvious I also love Nordic setting.

    • An Actual Rat
      An Actual Rat 3 months ago +49

      I'm from Scandinavia and I'm really fond of our mythology, but less and less people remember it. It's really cool and full of weird things but most people just use vikings and "trolls" that are usually just "angry ape that heals fast".

    • Collin McLean
      Collin McLean 3 months ago +33

      @An Actual Rat You've got your giant brutish trolls, your multi-headed angry old ladies swirling a cauldron of fish soup, your shape shifting trouble makers that probably like to milk your cows for fun, and the ones that delight in stealing socks for whatever reason.
      Plus Vittra (that actually like milking cows, I was making a joke the first time), näkks, mara, tomte, skogsra, and my favorite the Linormr because giant serpent dragon monsters are always awesome.

    • Einherjar
      Einherjar 3 months ago +6

      @An Actual Rat That is hits home for me. most people also do not know human sized Elves are from their, modern dwarves, drugar, the legend to Fafnir....

  • Serenity
    Serenity 3 months ago +3120

    The solo devs are like the wizard of the game dev community, i cant understand how they do what they do! an i both fear an respect there insanity.

    • NeonBaron
      NeonBaron 3 months ago +237

      It's just refreshing to actually see a single person's vision be realized and not be watered down or diluted which is the norm

    • Mr Shitlord
      Mr Shitlord 3 months ago +131

      Its called passion something which aaa devs lack because they have to listen to the some old farts called investors who could care less if the game is good or not as long as they can buy their new yacht.

    • NoName
      NoName 3 months ago +151

      survivoship bias
      there's just too many of them

    • KoylTrane
      KoylTrane 3 months ago +11

      Gallons of booze and crates of weed is what you need

    • Niki Hristozov
      Niki Hristozov 3 months ago +11

      Kojima's games are a bit like that usually with the backing of manpower and money. And now with his own studio he can probably bring fourth his vision more.

  • ptc5010
    ptc5010 3 months ago +122

    Bro I've been WAITING for a big Clip-Sharer to do a video on this game. The single person who made this game deserves so many accolades for making such an interesting, unique, charming, and extremely fun game. Very stoked that you made this video. Northern Journey was my favorite game in 2021 and one of the best gaming experiences in my life. It satisfied this intangible, nostalgic itch while also providing a constantly evolving and surprising experience that made me happy to turn every corner to see what was next.

    • Izaiah Florés
      Izaiah Florés 3 months ago +1

      It feels like a dream I had back when I was a wee lad - and I found myself in Wonderland talking to giant butterflies and flower caterpillars.

  • Trigonomicon
    Trigonomicon 3 months ago +33

    I played this back in winter 21-22 and been wishing it would get more exposure because it really deserves it, so happy to see Mandalore give this some spotlight.

  • T J
    T J 3 months ago +823

    Happysad isnt something the dev came up with btw. It is a direct translation of a norwegian expression that describes a type of mood that sits in a very strange place, swinging from being kinda depressing to oddly funny/happy. I don't think it is something you would find in a dictionary, it is more like a weird slang term, but you can find it used in articles of newspapers now and again when reviewing some peculiar media.

    • LordDragox412
      LordDragox412 3 months ago +30

      It's also a Polish rockband apparently.

    • ٍ
      ٍ 3 months ago +8

      what's the original term, if you know?

    • Gunnar Schlichting
      Gunnar Schlichting 3 months ago +51

      It is kinda similar to melancholy or bittersweet? Because I know what you're talking about, and it is hard to explain completely.

    • T J
      T J 3 months ago +50

      @ٍ Gladtrist, the D being mostly silent. It is literally the norwegian words for happy (glad) and sad (trist) smushed toghetter.

    • T J
      T J 3 months ago +44

      @Gunnar Schlichting Yeah its hard to nail down. Its something you might say to describe the experience when watching a movie that made you laugh, and then 5 seconds later go "Well that's a bit sad." Or reminiscing about a memory that makes you happy, but feeling sad that those times are gone.

  • HeresiarchQin
    HeresiarchQin 3 months ago +75

    Mandalore mentioning Outer Wilds AND 13 Sentinels both being his favorite games to go in totally blind, which were completely the same as my own choices, made me love him more than ever :D

    • HellecticMojo
      HellecticMojo 3 months ago +12

      I was especially surprised because he doesn't really like anime things and 13 sentinels is basically every scifi anime into 1 game.

    • Tri Tam Tran
      Tri Tam Tran 3 months ago


  • Salim Rai
    Salim Rai 3 months ago +363

    Ever since Pathways Into Darkness the "I've got a bone to pick with you!" is possibly beating Electric Marv for space in my brain.
    I love it.

    • Anthony Perrotta
      Anthony Perrotta 3 months ago +8

      Shoot I missed it, where was it?

    • Krosa
      Krosa 3 months ago +37

      ​@Anthony Perrotta 9:49

    • Anthony Perrotta
      Anthony Perrotta 3 months ago +47

      @Krosa many thanks. I suppose I no longer have a bone to pick with you.

    • HansChrist
      HansChrist 3 months ago +5

      @Anthony Perrotta 🦴

    • Pica hudsonia unflocked
      Pica hudsonia unflocked 3 months ago +2


  • Danilo Oliveira
    Danilo Oliveira 3 months ago +1813

    another evidence that art direction and aesthetics will always be more important than graphical fidelity.

    • Davide Fedele
      Davide Fedele 3 months ago +94

      But graphical fidelity can be forced and bought off a hell of a lot more easily. Proper art direction? That would mean treating artists with respect... can't have that, it's not directly and measurably profitable. Hell, artistic intent is not even a quantifiable metric, so it doesn't really exist in the executive's eyes. But if the next big game has double the polygons? Fuck yeah the fat cats will figure it'll sell at least twice as much.

    • This Guy
      This Guy 3 months ago +3

      Bandog what about half life?

    • man boy
      man boy 3 months ago +31

      @This Guy i played half life 2, and i thought 'the textures and models aren't anything amazing'. but the world and soundscape and aesthetics of the environments are VERY well done. the first time you leave the station and you see THE CITADEL? that's fucking rad, the citadel is one of the coolest looking buildings in any game.

    • Eli Wilson
      Eli Wilson 3 months ago +3

      TOTK knew it

    • Okabe Rintaro
      Okabe Rintaro 3 months ago +17

      @man boy because the game is old as shit
      it was photoreal back in the day

  • metroidOO7
    metroidOO7 3 months ago +28

    So glad to see someone cover this game. I played it over a year ago after i saw Duskdev recommend it. Totally enthralling despite the jank.
    Whats wild is that pretty much all the assets were created from scratch by the solo dev. He went out and made textures from the environment around him in norway. Then in unreal he painted all the lighting manually. Its insane.

    • Termitreter
      Termitreter 2 months ago +1

      Yeah, this game is low res, the animations arent quite AAA niveau... but the variety, level of quality and creativity of the visuals is really impressive.

  • HansAlRachid
    HansAlRachid 3 months ago +25

    Oh hey Northern Journey! Stumbled across that game a bit over a year ago - the dev is one of the most helpful and forthcoming individuals I ever had the pleasure of troubleshooting with. When I had some issues with my resolution settings he and I had a quick back-and-forth and he immediately came up with a fix on the Steam forums, all-around a great guy. Really happy he's getting such a hefty PR push! Especially since he's got another project in the works at the moment that looks really promising.

  • Kloud Kat
    Kloud Kat 3 months ago +44

    The Ring death screen gag made me laugh way too hard

  • DooM M.D.
    DooM M.D. 3 months ago +5

    I bought this based on this video and I'm currently about 4 hours in - it's so wonderfully immersive and the environment and sound design is immaculate. It does such a good job of drawing you in with how beautiful it all is, so that when an area is dangerous, unknown or scary, you really feel it. This is honestly my favourite feeling in games and it's incredibly rare and hard to do. Thankyou so much for putting me up on this, I would never have found it otherwise!

  • michaelgtho
    michaelgtho 3 months ago +90

    Went into this game with no expectations last year and it ended up ascending to one of my favourite games of all time. I’m so happy that Mandy is gonna give so much exposure to this game and it’s hardworking dev!!

  • electricbayonet2
    electricbayonet2 3 months ago +390

    4:31 “there will be no more living or airbreathing spiders”
    I am deeply suspicious of how specific this statement is.

    • Pica hudsonia unflocked
      Pica hudsonia unflocked 3 months ago +42

      I'm making this my new "meeting total strangers" line. Just walk up to random folks & say, "I promise from this moment on there will be no more living or airbreathing spiders in this experience."

    • GmodPlusWoW
      GmodPlusWoW 3 months ago +4

      You fight all kinds of trolls in this game alongside the bugs, but the Flute Player is one of the biggest trolls in the realm.

    • Purushottam Kumar Sharma
      Purushottam Kumar Sharma 3 months ago

      Good video

    • LostStarzOfTheSky
      LostStarzOfTheSky 2 months ago +1

      New and previously unseen types of spiders!

  • Aldenfenris
    Aldenfenris 3 months ago +8

    Honestly, I'd say being a one man team here likely helped keep the ambiance as coherent and clear as possible, one of the rare cases where it works.

  • Boogaloh
    Boogaloh 3 months ago +12

    I remember seeing IronPineapple check this game out and it looked so interesting! Glad to see it's truly a gem.

  • fnagdungdagint
    fnagdungdagint 3 months ago +2

    The developer taught himself to make games, and then he made this. It looks incredibly impressive. Hope I can play it some time 😀

  • Josip2811
    Josip2811 3 months ago +29

    I stumbled upon this game by accident last year. One of the best accidents ever. The atmosphere, the music...I love this game and I still can't believe it was made by a single developer.
    True definition of a hidden gem and I am so glad that you covered it. Thank you.

  • Skritt Stonemaw
    Skritt Stonemaw 3 months ago +787


    • Tombstone Jack
      Tombstone Jack 3 months ago +38

      It's all spiders?
      Always has been.

    • TraianusMaster
      TraianusMaster 3 months ago +42

      They should add a notice while starting a game just like the ones about epilepsy:
      "Small percentage of people can experience a fear of spiders..."

    • alessio messersì
      alessio messersì 3 months ago +105

      Most games recently: "Let's have arachnophobia mode so that people who are deathly afraid of spiders can play too."
      Northern Journey: "Face your fears, weakling!"

    • Cheshire Cad
      Cheshire Cad 3 months ago +70

      @alessio messersì Satisfactory: "Arachnophobia mode turns the spiders into glitchy jpegs of cats, with warped meows instead of screeches. The constant skittering, which you can hear from half a mile away, remains the same. Enjoy!"

    • Katrina the Insane
      Katrina the Insane 3 months ago +10

      To quote that one crazed cultist that loves you for some reason, "RAIN OF SPIDERS!"

  • Ebon Hawken
    Ebon Hawken 3 months ago +2

    Northern journey is such an amazing game. Absolutely love the atmosphere, and it’s oddly nostalgic in a way.

  • meekaboo
    meekaboo 3 months ago +4

    Dude, I JUST replayed this and I can't stop thinking about it. Dev is so chill, would mention bugs in the forums or get stuck somewhere and have it fixed sometimes in that same evening, on another level. Recently have been searching for something similar to scratch that same itch and atmosphere that this game has, and I really just come up short. This game is honestly one of my all-time favs, and I'd safely say it's a weirdo freak classic. The bloodbugs can smd.

  • MaxterandKiwiKing
    MaxterandKiwiKing 3 months ago +65

    He did it! I'm so happy he finally covered this, its such an underated gem

  • Biches B. Wildean
    Biches B. Wildean 3 months ago +1

    Great to see this here, man. I got this game last Christmas and it is just an absolute vibe. From the animations of every tool/weapon you get your hands on, to all the really unique enemies that I want to eviscerate as soon as possible, to the comforting sight of a rough stone structure in the middle of nature. This game is something special.

  • Da Manni from ze Flyerservice Hahn

    Ahh, yes. I’m an hour into the game and I really feel the magic. Maybe it’s just the knowledge that one dude made this, but it really has that special something.
    Thank you as always for a wonderful review. Also. That Ring 2 death screen… I watched the video after a doobie and I just had a sickening whiplash of “AHHHHHHHH”s and “Walsung. Erda now wants you to find a piece of the Norns' thread.”s…
    This stream is the reason why you went from Good, to favourite content creator for me.
    So just thanks. I appreciate it. Before finding you I really didn’t find any good games to play.
    Anyways. Have a nice day, whoever you are, reading this.

    • Pica hudsonia unflocked
      Pica hudsonia unflocked 3 months ago

      May our nice days return to you & brighten your days in return; thanks for yr comment + well wishes.

    • Mads Clausen
      Mads Clausen 2 months ago

      Yeah, i cannot help but burst out laughing when i get to that part.

    • keltzar1
      keltzar1 Month ago

      The Ring 2 callback was excellently placed yeah.

  • Jimbo55151
    Jimbo55151 3 months ago +718

    A quick google search of “most common Norwegian spiders” has shown me why the creator would despise them and wish to see arachnidcide
    Edit: half the the comments are talking about spiders being cute and the other half are people wanting spiders burned to death. Perfectly balanced.

    • Mahdi Adib
      Mahdi Adib 3 months ago +21

      now i feel like im being crawled on..... thanks...

    • Dorsidwarf
      Dorsidwarf 3 months ago +93

      googled this term and found a bunch of real neat spiders to enjoy thanks :)

    • Serenity
      Serenity 3 months ago +1

      yer shouldn't have followed your lead on that google search. o_o

    • stickmakerman
      stickmakerman 3 months ago +4

      why did I google that myself

    • Diddly Doodly Walrus
      Diddly Doodly Walrus 3 months ago +12

      Dorsidwarf and Mahdi Adib two sides of the spectrum

  • alessio messersì
    alessio messersì 3 months ago +3

    I'm so happy to see you cover this game! It's a real gem and does atmosphere masterfully. The descent into the lake and the bog sequence had me more tense and frightened than many proper horror games.

  • sinister waters
    sinister waters 3 months ago +17

    The moment the vocals hit in Greenslit I legit just stepped back and watched the waterfall for a while. Few games I've played have accomplished such magical moments with nothing but sheer atmosphere.

    • ptc5010
      ptc5010 3 months ago +1

      Same. Greenslit was also the exact level where I realized how much this game was going was impacting me. Every level leading up to it was great, but then by Greenslit you understand that the game is going to do something new with every area. The music was one of my favorite aspects of the game as it worked with the visuals. Therefore I guess you could say that its the game's TONE that I love the most.

  • Hermit-Sensei
    Hermit-Sensei 3 months ago +16

    The first ~hour of Northern Journey feels like having a nightmare about a ps2 game, and I mean that in the best possible way. Everything just feels so off, like reality has shifted a couple feet to the left, and it makes even the peaceful/serene parts of the game feel really ominous. It's such a unique atmosphere that I don't think I've seen in another game.

  • Adantehand
    Adantehand 3 months ago +1

    Hey, I just want you to know I appreciate you and these videos. Your work on the Marathon videos with the voice acting and whatnot was legendary. You brought to life a 30 year old game in a way that was mindblowing. Keep it up, big guy.

  • Kyocerra
    Kyocerra 3 months ago +5

    I absolutely love your content man. You give not only detailed perspectives but also cover the important points that show why to play these games. It has inspired me to try and shown me so many different games I missed or never gave a chance. So yeah I appreciate you and your passion and just wanted to say thanks!

  • meat
    meat 3 months ago +824

    I played this like a week ago. It instantly jumped to my top 3 games of all time. truly unique, inspiring and extremely atmospheric game. Sometimes I feel like I can "smell" the rainy forest you walk thru. Soundtrack is aslo solid 10/10. Mindboggling how a one man, without previous experience could create all that.

    • MandaloreGaming
      MandaloreGaming  3 months ago +371

      I also felt like I could smell Greenlit in particular. The man is a legend.

    • Padlock Steve
      Padlock Steve 3 months ago +42

      the power of unreal 4 tutorials and a strong vision

    • Rex Rip
      Rex Rip 3 months ago +10

      @Padlock Steve Well, that is how I learned it... Then 5 came out and all that time I spent drinking and learning was basically for nothing, they automated a good portion of it...

    • Tom
      Tom 3 months ago +24

      @MandaloreGaming the dev is actually making a devlog of his new game on his youtube channel, so we can expect more from him, and he is really working hard on it!

    • noisyturtle
      noisyturtle 3 months ago +1

      of all time? really?

  • Chicken Chaser
    Chicken Chaser 3 months ago +1

    I absolutely loved this game, such a creepy atmosphere. Glad to see it get some attention

  • QuixoteBadger
    QuixoteBadger 3 months ago

    This looks pretty amazing! Good on the developer for making such a charming and well executed game single handedly!

  • Jerry Seinfeld
    Jerry Seinfeld 3 months ago +16

    One of the best indie games I've played. The atmosphere is unlike anything I've ever seen in a game. And the soundtrack is wonderful.

  • TJ
    TJ 3 months ago

    This game is amazing. Best single player I've played in the past year. There's so much creative expression and "soul" that a lot of higher budget games just lack. Incredible one of a kind atmosphere. Great to see it get some appreciation.

  • Samuel Lee Yong Yuan
    Samuel Lee Yong Yuan 3 months ago +6

    I would also like to recommend Pentiment by Obsidian if anyone else loves these kinds of immersive games with strong atmosphere. Such a delightfully colorful experience with a very bittersweet ending, and I was completely taken in from beginning to end.

  • HeartySquid
    HeartySquid 3 months ago +248

    Man...Ring really left its mark on you didn't it...that bit near the fates especially.

    • Michael Andrei Palon
      Michael Andrei Palon 3 months ago +31

      Needs more railcart deaths!

    • Andrew Hoff
      Andrew Hoff 3 months ago +28

      That and pathways into darkness. Can't help but feel like he's got a bone to pick with that game.

    • FUS
      FUS 3 months ago +13

      Salmon and the trout!

    • burnt toast
      burnt toast 3 months ago +11


    • Vuduul
      Vuduul 3 months ago +2

      Walsung. Erda now wants you to find a piece of the Norns' thread. You are already heading in the right direction. But take care. In their kingdom time is continually confused and rearranged

  • ThatTysonGuy
    ThatTysonGuy 3 months ago

    Im really happy you covered this game. I played it a few months ago, and I was absolutely captivated by it. Truely one of the best games I've ever played, and I just happened to buy it on a whim.

  • Dic Flair
    Dic Flair 3 months ago +25

    This game is one of Steams true hidden gems and I'm really happy to see it getting more recognition. Despite some rough edges its a pretty unique experiance and truely does feel like a journey.

  • Fred
    Fred 3 months ago

    I am stoked you covered this game. Played this last year and even though I absolutely hate spiders, I had to see it through to the end. More people need to appreciate the work here.

  • eggman1945
    eggman1945 3 months ago +12

    Really glad you covered this game. One of the best games of 2021, it deserves more attention.

  • ManOutofTime913
    ManOutofTime913 3 months ago +3

    I do hope you get around to Dread Delusion and Lunacid when they release their 1.0 versions. In terms of low-poly indie open world RPGs in the style of Morrowind or King's Field in the case of the latter, they're exactly what you're looking for I think. Thanks for recommending this, btw. I had previously ignored it because of what looked to be floaty combat and the weird character models, but I'm definitely wishlisting this now. The atmosphere looks so good!

    • Zarrg
      Zarrg 3 months ago

      I have not played Lunacid in a while but a problem I had with it was the extreme ease of combat, if kind of ended up feeling like a walking simulator with combat thrown in (apart from one set piece, but my failure in that mostly came down to accidentally blocking off the path of escape), may have changed now and I get round to trying it again upon release. Wishlisted Dread Delusion.

  • RocketarmsMedia
    RocketarmsMedia 3 months ago +1

    Watched a stream of this last year and it felt like a gnarly acid trip; It's so unique and alien. Would definitely recommend a playthrough for anyone!

  • Barokai Rein
    Barokai Rein 3 months ago +254

    Honestly, I'm just really surprised by the fact that this is not the first time I've heard of this game.
    I had completely forgotten about this so that was a weird Déjà-vu moment.

    • Poo P
      Poo P 3 months ago +68

      iron pineapple video

    • Table 53
      Table 53 3 months ago +6

      This is one of those game's that I've heard about a few times, but sort of knew I would probably never get around to playing. I guess the next best thing is a Mandalore video!

    • Bibsqueap
      Bibsqueap 3 months ago +9

      metal fruit moment

    • Ladderman
      Ladderman 3 months ago +13

      ​​@Poo P _thats_ where I've seen it before. I knew I had seen it but couldn't remember from where.

    • GmodPlusWoW
      GmodPlusWoW 3 months ago +2

      I got clued into it by Dillon "Taffer King" Rogers back in 2021, and it's why I trust his recommendations alongside those of David Szymanski.

  • Altmeister42
    Altmeister42 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for covering these smaller and more obscure games. They deserve the attention.

  • Laucron
    Laucron 3 months ago +1

    How do you make something like this as your first project. I've always wanted to dabble in gamemaking but felt it was a lost cause, so this is pretty damn inspiring to say the least. Wonder how much it took him time wise

  • 419chris419
    419chris419 3 months ago

    I am pleasantly surprised that someone decided to review this game. It is absolutely a hidden gem and it's awesome you bring it to light to the masses.

  • OverTheStone
    OverTheStone 2 months ago

    it is indeed, very long, and very cohesive for its style and tone. Which is well worth the money I think. Hell, this has probably been one of the more inspiring games I've played in a long time. It hits the creepy mystical nail right on the worm staff for me!
    Im not sure if anything can prepare you for how strange and beautiful this game is. Also the most _Naturey_ game I think I've ever played some how!

  • SugaryAshes
    SugaryAshes 3 months ago +1

    The atmosphere in this game is absolutely stellar!
    Didn't care much for the combat though, it's not that I'm afraid of insects or spiders, I just don't like fighting mobs.
    But then the game is 70% exploration, 30% combat so I would still heartily recommend it!

  • Zyrachiel
    Zyrachiel 3 months ago +39

    I literally just finished rewatching the Ring review before this went up, so I was READY for that death screen

  • TheGetALifeClub
    TheGetALifeClub 3 months ago

    This game absolutely captivated me. I love everything about it! …At least, the parts I played. Ashamed to say I never finished it because I got stuck in that one bog level where it's incredibly foggy and you have to keep the boogeyman at bay (I think it's right after the witch fight). I'll have to revisit the journey at some point, if for no other reason than to listen to the music again. It might sound kind of weird but the music combined with the surreal and bad/good graphics scratch that same itch as PilotRedSun, and I've managed to link the two together in my head in a way. Anyway, super glad you did a review on this, I've been trying to casually champion this little gem to friends for months. BEWARE YE OF SPIDERS, ALIVE, DEAD, LANDBREATHING OR NO

  • Purple BatDragon
    Purple BatDragon 3 months ago +1

    I've been waiting so long for this game to get the recognition it deserves. Thank you Mandalore!

  • Luca Ballarati
    Luca Ballarati 3 months ago +1

    I could feel from the beginning of the video how much you loved it. I had gotten the impression that it's main appeal was the absurdity and jank, but thanks to your review I will try it and gift it to friends

  • IntoTheVoid123
    IntoTheVoid123 3 months ago

    I love when he reviews those weird and obscure games. I'm hoping that he'll eventually get to play Dread Delusion and review that too, it also has that Morrowind sort of "odd" atmosphere

  • Michael Andrei Palon
    Michael Andrei Palon 3 months ago +13

    You've easily sold us on this, Mandy. May the exposure and funds bless the creator of this newly found gold crown!
    10:28: Oh, nice to see that Ring screen back.

  • MT Foxtrot
    MT Foxtrot 3 months ago +22

    I'm so glad you're reviewing this game. It's such a bizarre hidden gem, I love it.

  • Petter Eik
    Petter Eik 3 months ago

    super happy more youtubers are reviewing this absolute gem from my home country. I first found it in a video from iron pineapple and knew i had to play it. it ended up became one of my favourite games. the dev is and absolute mad genius, he taught himself unreal 4 over 5 years just to make his dream game, AND he composed all the music himself, what a legend!

  • Blueberry McPhuckerson
    Blueberry McPhuckerson 3 months ago

    Thank you for your passionate detailed reviews on games you're personally interested in, not because reviewing them is the flavor of the month or just profitable.

  • Notty Rainbow
    Notty Rainbow 3 months ago

    Beat it earlier this year, a magical experience. I was kinda over it by the end, because of all the combat, but definitely something special.

  • Slaanesh
    Slaanesh  3 months ago

    This game is a hidden gem and idk what else to say because it's difficult to explain, this game is like that childhood game that you played for hours without realizing how much time you spent on it but it felt like only minutes have passed by and it didn't matter if you were sad or tired this game would make everything a little bit nicer. Also idk why but the whole atmosphere there is so comforting but that may be just me cause i like gloomy weather/ wet wilderness. in short i would recommend this to anyone even if they aren't familiar with the genre of the game

  • Leanja
    Leanja 3 months ago +2

    Solo projects like this always blow my mind. Well done creator, well done.

  • The Geeler
    The Geeler 3 months ago +18

    So cool seeing someone covered this. I randomly stumbled across it one day, and I knew I wanted to stream it on twitch. It's was the first game I actually somewhat played as a series, and finished on stream

  • CandymanDan
    CandymanDan 3 months ago

    Thank you for reviewing this one, this game is such a gem! Definitely needs more exposure.

  • Beev
    Beev 3 months ago

    Always good to see how single dev games get broad recognition, they deserve it

  • NocturnalNick
    NocturnalNick 3 months ago

    Incredible, this is so much like the concept of game I've been trying to flesh out and make. So much respect.

  • Robcoguy
    Robcoguy 3 months ago

    i love this game, that first level with the music makes you feel like you're revisiting a familiar dream.

  • roshpatoits
    roshpatoits 3 months ago +2

    Watched a streamer play this fever dream of a game quite some time ago and recently I had this feeling like I needed to listen to the fjord soundtrack (6:10) for whatever reason. Thank you for restoring my faith that we are living in a simulation.

  • Rosalyn
    Rosalyn 3 months ago +12

    This game was one of my favourites I played last year, love to see it get the coverage it deserves!

  • Yungbeck
    Yungbeck 3 months ago +1

    This looks sick! Looks like the woods I grew up "hunting" in as a kid XD The spiders are haunting but I really love everything about this game

  • OLO
    OLO 3 months ago

    I’m so glad you’re shouting this game out; it needs more eyes on it. Definitely one of the most unique, singular games I’ve ever played.

  • Epsil
    Epsil 3 months ago +1

    I love Northern Journey so much. Thank you for covering this! More people need to play it.

  • Rorack
    Rorack 3 months ago +5

    Finally. Never thought I would see the day Mandalore reviewing Northern Journey. Such a hidden gem.

  • GTChade
    GTChade 3 months ago +1

    13 Sentinels is one of my favorite games. I went in completely blind and I 100% agree with you. What a ride! It does help that I'm a huge weeb, and being someone from the 80's I was very familiar with all game play styles, themes, and all the references. Amazing game, but yeah, not one that you could do a good review if you want people to go in blind.

  • Chimwizlet
    Chimwizlet 3 months ago +6

    Loved this game when I played it last year, even the jankiness just kind of added to its charm. Having to get a feel for aiming each weapon was strangely satisfying, especially the slingshot; gave a feeling like you'd really mastered it when you could snipe things out of the sky with it. Surprised there aren't more FPS games, outside of milsims and the like, that do something similar.

  • pootispaghetti
    pootispaghetti Month ago

    played this game a while back and loved it so much, it's such an odd gem. genuinely, Greensplit is one of the best designed levels I've seen in a game.

  • Russel
    Russel 3 months ago +1

    I watched a playthrough by a streamer, mrsark, and even after watching through most of it I still bought and played this game.
    It is truly one of the most unique games I've been exposed to and was such a breath of fresh air.

  • CelticGuardian7
    CelticGuardian7 Month ago

    These are the types of games I try to keep an eye out for, yet I'd never heard of this one. It's gone right on the wishlist for when I can afford to grab it. Thanks for spreading awareness!

  • Khan Man
    Khan Man 3 months ago

    I just wanna say your vids are some of the best on YT. You can cover games that I've neither heard of nor have any interest in, but the way you cover them is entertainment in itself.

  • Perry Born
    Perry Born 3 months ago

    I remember picking this game up a couple years ago while I was out of work with COVID
    I was so captivated by it, and couldn't believe how few people had played it!
    It's a really great game
    The sling is a really fun weapon to use. I could hit things well outside of its general range of usefulness. I frequently found myseld using it in place of the many crossbows you find, just because I'd gotten so much more comfortable with its attack
    3rd time watching this
    Only just now caught the, "I've got a bone to pick with you"
    Never change Mandalore

  • StupidSillyLace
    StupidSillyLace 3 months ago +9

    Nordic Journey is an incredibly beautiful and immensely Norwegian game. We do not have the spiders. We are the spiders

  • Hamdad Plays
    Hamdad Plays 3 months ago

    Glad to see this gem getting more recognition.

  • TheMadAfrican1
    TheMadAfrican1 3 months ago

    This is a brilliant example of a game that shows that you don't need the highest fidelity graphics to have a game look AMAZING. You just need a good, consistent art style.

  • Sammy Blaze
    Sammy Blaze 3 months ago

    Great review as always!
    One could also say that youtube channels like yours should get liked and shared because they deserve the attention and all the support they can get, reviews of the newest triple A titles are easily available and for many people it looks like those games are the only ones out there. Channels like yours show us how many obscure games are out there that deserve the same if not more attention than good triple A titles.
    Thank you so much for your work.

  • Cartoon Box
    Cartoon Box 3 months ago

    Can we appreciate how they tried their best to make this amazing video for us

  • Aps x
    Aps x 3 months ago +2

    I picked this game up after it was recommended by David Szymanski earlier this year and I completely fell in love with it. Northern journey absolutely excels at atmosphere and exploration and truly makes you feel like you're on a high adventure.

  • Hugh Dew
    Hugh Dew 3 months ago +4

    I remember beating this game last year and my immediate thought being, "Wow, Mandalore's gonna have a blast with this one."

  • Carson Francis
    Carson Francis 3 months ago

    Wow, ive never seen such terrifying spider enemies in a game before. Hits all the right spots for my arachnophobia to kick in. Truly cursed

  • NotJarred
    NotJarred  3 months ago

    glad you have this some recognition, played it when it came out and other than a few frustrating parts (most of which are patched/improved since) i really enjoyed this game.

  • FEB
    FEB 3 months ago

    This was unexpected! The developer has an amazing workflow for making this game and manages to pull off a great sense of atmosphere. Please check out his devlogs!

  • Bardengraf
    Bardengraf 3 months ago

    I love this game so much I always replay it a couple times a year. Reminds me of summer times with all the bugs it has.

  • Ned MacGill
    Ned MacGill 3 months ago +2

    I have played through this game 3 times after finding it in Iron Pineapple's dumpster diving series. If it looks interesting to you, get it. 9/10 material, one of a kind in its genre.

  • Kingstad
    Kingstad 3 months ago +6

    Ah yes *looks out the window* finally a realistic depiction of Norway.
    The annoying thing about Mandalore uploads is that I immediately have to pause them, buy, play through the game, then finally resume the video : P

  • olivercoolblue birdman
    olivercoolblue birdman 3 months ago +1

    Thanks Mandalore.
    I am currently 3 hours in and have been warped into the Friged North.
    The enviroments are just perfect sometime with the music.
    The Forest Trail is a personal favourite with the funny little guy being a creep.

  • gyu
    gyu 3 months ago

    Been awhile, looking forward to watching the new upload. Thanks so much for the effort/time you put in to make this content, it's really appreciated.