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North & South

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Superb French zaniness (although a tad short) Amiga Johnny "ThunderPeel2001" Walker (419)
Absolutely brilliant! DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
One of the first strategy games of its kind... NES Cormana6868 (16)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 30 3.7
Amstrad CPC 4 2.8
Atari ST 6 2.8
Commodore 64 6 2.6
DOS 21 3.4
MSX 5 3.4
NES 12 3.6
ZX Spectrum 6 3.0
Combined MobyScore 90 3.4


The Press Says

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96
ZX SpectrumCrash!
Take part in your own American Civil War in this masterpiece of Spectrum programming from Infogrames where comic strip heroes created by Lambil and Cauvin, 'Les Tuniques Bleues' or 'The Blue Jackets' (who they?) come to life.
93
Atari STST Action
Sacre bleu! What a brilliant game. It is one of the best I have played in ages, and when in two-player mode it is the best game since Speedball. The graphics are based on a French cartoon, and what an amazing job they have made of them. They are smoothly animated and well drawn and they really made me laugh when they didn't complete the fort stage and collapsed to the ground in a tantrum. The sound is equally good, with some decent tunes and sound effects complementing the action. I wouldn't have thought that a game about the American Civil War could have been this good, but Infogrames have proved me wrong by producing this brilliant game. Go and buy it now, or spend the rest of your life not knowing what you've missed.
92
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
From the moment the first bars of the intro tune blast from your TV speaker you realise this is no ordinary game. The hilarious cartoon graphics coupled with strange renditions of Civil War anthems and sound effects create an extremely playable arcade/strategy game.
90
AmigaZzap!
All this is great fun but to get anywhere, plenty of men are needed for the combat scenes. When two armies meet it's off to battle with cavalry and cannons towing along behind. Best to use the cannon to soften up the enemy and send in the cavalry to mop up any survivors. Watch out for rifle toting troops - they're good shots. If you don't want arcade combat, the strategy mode fights the battle automatically.
90
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
Cripes! This goes back a bit. Andy and Matt reckon everyone was addicted to the 16-bit game of North And South when YS was still a sister mag to Zero. (Talk about a pair of old cronies, eh? That was over a year ago!) Anyway, here's the Speccy version, so let's jump straight in with the old funkometer and see what's what...
88
NESPlayer One
Simple, mais bien fait, original mais pas désordonné. North ans South est un jeu bien équilibré, amusant, un peu difficile d'approche, mais parfaitement logique dans sa manipulation. Seul reproche, sa durée est un peu limitée. A acheter prudemment, donc, bien qu'il puisse se révéler intéressant.
85
NESDefunct Games
If you had told me that an 8-bit civil war game would become one of my favorite two-player games, I would have thought you were drinking too much moonshine. But it's true, North & South is one of the rare strategy games that is both accessible and immediately fun. I loved the sense of humor and am impressed at how well they handled the real-time strategy aspects of the game. With some more depth, slightly better controls and a new coat of paint, I can see North & South being a popular online game for this new generation. Somebody should really get on that.
84
AmigaAmiga Action
Infogrames have come up with another winner here. North and South is a really well presented game, which features their usual high standard of graphics and sound - but maybe not all the gameplay I would have wished for. The game is definitely a souped-up Defender of the Crown clone, and although the game is just as easy to beat, it's a really good laugh and, don't worry unlike Defender you will be playing it for ages. I recommend North & South as a definite buy.
83
AmigaAmiga Joker
Schon der oben erwähnte Vorspann kann durch Witz, tolle Grafik und fetzigen Sound überzeugen, im Spiel setzt sich der Genuss ungebrochen fort. Da auch das Gameplay kaum Wünsche offen und Langeweile gar nicht erst aufkommen lässt, muss North & South als ganz heisser Tip für kalte Winterabende gehandelt werden!
80
NESNES Center
Im Hinblick darauf, dass es auf dem NES in diesem Genre wohl keine allzu große Auswahl geben dürfte, stellt dieser Titel sicher eine interessante Wahl dar und wenn man insbesondere gerne mit Freunden spielt, kommt man an North & South nicht vorbei.
79
AmigaCU Amiga
The graphics are of a very high standard, as is the soundtrack, and that is what makes the game an instant hit. However, I am sorry to say that the fun is a little short-lived. For some reason, the computer is very, very easy to beat. Rather than having any artificial intelligence, it seems to follow the same pattern of moves every game. Aren’t strategy games the ones that are supposed to keep you going for years?
75
Atari STJeuxvideo.com
En un mot, un jeu fort sympathique. Le titre a certes vieilli et peut paraître répétitif voire enfantin, mais il conserve un charme indéniable et reste l’un des meilleurs jeux de stratégie pour deux joueurs de cette époque.
75
AmigaJeuxvideo.com
En un mot, un jeu fort sympathique. Le titre a certes vieilli et peut paraître répétitif voire enfantin, mais il conserve un charme indéniable et reste l’un des meilleurs jeux de stratégie pour deux joueurs de cette époque.
75
DOSJeuxvideo.com
En un mot, un jeu fort sympathique. Le titre a certes vieilli et peut paraître répétitif voire enfantin, mais il conserve un charme indéniable et reste l’un des meilleurs jeux de stratégie pour deux joueurs de cette époque.
74
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
The game itself is jolly, enough for a budget title, but why oh why do the French insist on ruining any atmosphere by treating a serious subject in a Benny Hill style? I was expecting the Yankees to storm on dressed in big, floppy hats and bifocals! I wonder what sort of game they'd make out of the Battle of Waterloo.
74
AmigaAmiga Format
It is simple stuff, but very enjoyable. The computer opponent is not the world’s smartest, so it is not too difficult to beat. Play against a human with the arcade sequences turned on and things becomes a lot more interesting.
72
NESThe Review Busters
Even though it may take you a few games to get used to, North And South was a good game on the NES. True, the graphics could have been better, but the gameplay makes up for it. If you're ever at a flea market, yard sale, or just browsing for NES titles on eBay, this is one I think you should pick up.
72
NESNintendo Power Magazine
Strategy and action each play a part in this Civil War simulation from Kemco/Seika. Take over the states and fight for control on the battlefield.
70
NESVideo Games
Ein erfrischend einfaches Strategiespiel wurde ansprechend umgesetzt: North & South bietet putzige Grafik, gelungene Soundeffekte und Jingles sowie super-freundliche Benutzerführung. Selbst Spieler, die zu faul sind, die deutschsprachige Anleitung zu sichten, dürften binnen Minuten gecheckt haben, was abgeht. Ab dann beginnt ein (vor allem mit einem menschlichen Mitspieler) sehr spaßiges, jedoch wenig komplexes Gerangel und Gehacke um die amerikanischen Bundesstaaten.
70
Commodore 6464'er
Programmiertechnisch gibt es also keinen Anlaß zur Klage. Das gilt allerdings nicht für das Spielgeschehen. Selbst beim höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad ist es kinderleicht, alle Armeen des Computergegners zu bezwingen. Dies ist der Grund dafür, warum man das Spiel schon nach wenigen Stunden gelangweilt in die Ecke schleudert. Schade! Dabei ist die Spielidee ein echter Lichtblick im dichten Softwaredschungel.
67
NESNES Archives
This game is darn close to being one of the great hidden gems for the NES, but unfortunately it came up one bridge short. The tagline for this game is certainly “No Retreat, No Surrender” (that was for all you Van Damme fans). In the end North and South just does not provide enough fun or challenge to overcome its intimidating price tag. If you can find it cheap, pick it up because it is rare and decent.
67
DOSThe DOS Spirit
På toppen av det hele har spillet muligheter for 2-spiller, slik at du og bestekameraten din kan begge få nyte godt av underholdningen og en dose amerikansk historie i samme slengen. Nord og Sør, eller "North & South" kom på totalt 8 (!) forskjellige platformer, blant disse Dos og NES. Grafikken er flott og lyden superb med tanke på hvor lite spillet faktisk er (570kb). Happy krigføring!
60
Atari STComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The comic-book version of the American Civil War, this product leans heavily toward arcade-type play and graphic sequences. A French import, it is just about what one would expect from a country which has made Jerry Lewis a national icon.
60
AmigaComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The comic-book version of the American Civil War, this product leans heavily toward arcade-type play and graphic sequences. A French import, it is just about what one would expect from a country which has made Jerry Lewis a national icon.
60
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The comic-book version of the American Civil War, this product leans heavily toward arcade-type play and graphic sequences. A French import, it is just about what one would expect from a country which has made Jerry Lewis a national icon.
60
AmigaPower Play
Eines muß man den französischen Spiele-Programmierern ja lassen: In Sachen Grafik und Sound sind sie wirklich Klasse. Auch bei "North & South" sind Grafiken und Digi-Soundeffekte gut gelungen. Auf Dauer kann das bunte Schlachtengetümmel wenig fesseln, vor allem dann, wenn man alleine gegen den Computer antritt. Wer alle Gags und grafische Leckerbissen gesehen hat, hat kaum noch eine ausreichende Motivation, eine weitere Runde zu spielen. Leider ist in den Action-Sequenzen auch die Steuerung etwas unglücklich. Etwas anders sieht es beim Zwei-Spieler-Modus aus.
60
DOSPower Play
Das Bürgerkriegs-Spektakel "North & South" auf dem PC unterscheidet sich kaum von der Amiga-Fassung. Nur die Grafik und der Sound sind etwas magerer.
50
NESAll Game Guide
Overall, North and South does have some nice features and at times is very fun to play. In the end though, its sub-par graphics and some questionable gameplay issues make this cartridge an unremarkable one.
40
NESN-Force
Really this should have been much better - there's no excuse for producing games as way off the mark as this. In short, give this one a miss.
24
NESGameCola.net
Now I'm sure some of you are thinking, well at least the two of you who are actually reading this, that I didn't put much effort into this review. And the fact of the matter is, I didn't. But that's because I wanted to reflect the amount of effort that was put into making North & South.