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North & South

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Commodore 64 - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari ST

Alt names ノース&サウス わくわく南北戦争, ノース アンド サウス わくわく南北戦争, North & South: Wakuwaku Nanboku Sensō, North and South: Wakuwaku Nanboku Sensō, North and South, Les Tuniques Bleues - Nord et Sud
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Historical Battle (specific/exact), Licensed Title, RTS, Wargame
Publisher Data East USA, Inc.
Developer Infogrames Europe SA
Perspectives Side view, Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.71
4.38 / 5 - 60 votes

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North & South is a competent PC translation of Infogrames' most famous Amiga game. In simplest terms, it's a tongue-in-cheeck American Civil War strategy-cum-arcade game, with characters from a popular French comic strip called Les Tuniques Bleues. The name of the comic strip means 'Blue Tunics,' which refer to the Union side ('North' in the game).

The game is played on a US map where you make strategic-level decisions such as where to move your army, recruit more soldiers, and link up the towns with railway to transport the ever-important gold. Armies are represented by single soldiers, with flags indicating which territories are held by which army (if an area doesn't have a flag then it's unoccupied and up for grabs).

When you move into a state occupied by the opposite side or vice versa, a battle occurs, and the game zooms into the action. This is undoubtedly the best part of the game. You will be looking down across either a canyon or a field, seeing your units (artillery, cavalry and infantry) shown as little groups. Fighting is a simple matter of choosing which unit to move where, and watching your battle represented with amusing, well-animated soldiers.

Although the EGA graphics and PC speaker sounds in the PC version do no justice to the amazing Amiga original, they still manage to convey the fun. When you see your cavalry charge over the bridges, you can't help but feel the excitement. And it doesn't stop there. The game is full of many fun mini-arcade games, such as when you try to break up the opposition's railway line by taking over a state between two towns. To do that, you will sprint along the top of a train, trying to get the driver's seat to stop it (this bears an uncanny similarity to one level in Back to The Future III). When you try to wrest control of a town from the enemy, you will infiltrate the enemy fort in side-scrolling platformer fashion, throwing knives and punches at enemy soldiers on your way to raising your standard on their flagpole.

With a near-perfect balance between action and strategy, smooth animations, and humorous gameplay, North & South is an addictive, original classic, especially when you play against a friend. Anyone expecting a realistic wargame based on the conflict should look elsewhere, but anyone who is looking for a fun (especially in multiplayer) strategy game with a historical motif will find North & South a fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

luk3Z 2021-02-05 0 point

I played it on C=64. It is great even today.

luk3Z 2021-02-05 0 point

I played it on C=64. It is great even today.

Johnny-boy 2021-01-21 0 point

I played NES version of the game against AI and my best friend. This game is lot of fun! Recommended game for time killing! 2020-03-24 0 point DOS version

I have the original (and still do) PC CD game having had it on floppy before this. Hoping to play this with my offspring soon as this game is a right laugh. Any ideal dosbox settings?

lowlanda 2018-04-07 2 points Amiga version

Amiga version please!

Awesome game, many happy young hours here :)

Nike 2017-01-05 3 points DOS version

Paco, could you upload your VGA version so we could try to crack it?

Paco 2016-07-26 1 point DOS version

It's a pity you only have the EGA/CGA version, the VGA version has better graphics, i still have it on floppy unfortunatelly it has copy protection and can't find a cracked version online to use with dosbox

paulo josé 2014-08-24 0 point DOS version

this game is fun .

Oldschool 2014-08-14 1 point DOS version

Another example of the superior Amiga performance (graphics and sound) at that time. Go play this one with an Amiga emulator!

nashi 2013-12-08 0 point DOS version

nice very very niiiiiiiice

OM 2013-02-05 2 points DOS version

...It was the War Betwixt the States, yuh dadblamed Yankees!!!

tommy 2011-12-11 1 point DOS version

how to reduce the game speed?

ednapina 2010-11-08 0 point DOS version

i remember those happy days with this game

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