A new patch, version 1.02.00, is available for the Settlers-style strategy sim Valhalla Hills. It brings a little Christmas candy cane flavor to the game in time for the holidays, as well as some new gameplay additions and fixes.
In addition to having all of the dwellings in the land having Christmas touches like candy canes and tree decorations - and we all know what faithful Christians the Vikings were - the patch includes a new fog of war so that exploration is required to uncover what secrets the fog hides. Players can also now breed livestock such as goats.
The full changelog includes the following tweaks, additions and fixes:
- Fog of war: Parts of the mountain are covered in fog. Who knows what's hidden behind it? Find out!
- Goat breeding: You can now breed livestock (only goats at the moment). A lot of feeding is needed for breeding.
- Changes in game design
- The small dwelling requires less space.
- The accumulated honor of your Vikings is displayed directly in the main menu.
- There are more Vikings available in hard mode to storm the mountain.
- The kitchen can now store mushroom.
- The farmer always needs a sickle now.
- The random mountain generator has been reworked. Now your Vikings should always be able to achieve their goal.
- UI & Controls
- The player is informed about update news ingame.
- You can now click on a building in path building mode and begin or end a path at the entrance.
- Deleted messages are not displayed again.
- The UI can be scaled to 150%.
- Scroll bars in the options menu are displaying the current value.
- The camera movement takes rotation movement into account.
- Camera movement now takes camera angle into account.
- Placing paths is not longer restrained when selecting Vikings.
- The (hidden and incomplete) controller-support is deactivated. You can now connect your controller with external programs without problems.
- Renaming Vikings in the Vikings overview can be cancelled by pressing ESC. When starting a new game it remembers if the last one was free or normal and set your choice as default.
- Other changes
- Updated Unreal Engine to version 4.10.
- Felled trees leave stumps.
- The buildings have a Christmas-y touch and are decorated!
Valhalla Hills was released on 2 December 2015, and earned a 6.0/10 in GameWatcher's review.