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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Play Time (May, 1992)
Mit North & South scheinen die Programmierer die Möglichkeiten des kleinen Nintendos wirklich erschöpft zu haben. Bis auf relativ kleine Grafik- und Soundabstriche wurde nämlich die Amigaversion fast 1:1 übernommen.
Player One (Sep, 1992)
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.
Defunct Games (Jan 23, 2010)
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.
NES Center (2001)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 04, 2020)
They thought of everything in this game. You even have the option to enable weather events, Indian and Mexican interference, and reinforcements from Europe (via ship). It's rare that you see an NES game with this much thoughtful detail. While brilliant in design, North and South does have a substantial learning curve. It's not a pick-up-and-play title but if you're willing to dig deep you'll find a treasure of a game.
75 (Dec, 2012)
North and South‘s strategy-lite is an excellent alternative to those of us who aren’t loyal Koei devotees. I’m particularly thankful that, unlike Nobunaga’s Ambition, Genghis Khan, or any other Koei clusterfluffle, I understood everything North and South presented to me. Better yet, each of the scenarios can be conquered within fifteen-to-thirty minutes on the easiest setting; perfect for a quick pick-up-and-play session. North and South‘s potential re-writing of history doesn’t impress me, but its sense of focus and clarity is certainly welcome.
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.
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.
There isn’t too much complexity overall, and most games will run under 15 minutes, so it’s best played against a friend. There’s some fun to be had with this quirky game, but don’t go in expecting a historical simulation.
Video Games (Feb, 1992)
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.
NES Archives (Feb 17, 2009)
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.
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.
N-Force (Oct, 1992)
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 (Sep, 2005)
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.