Based on the Belgian comic book, "Les Tuniques Bleues", this strategy game allows you to replay the American Civil War from both the North and the South sides.
In the strategy part of the game, you can move your troops on a map of the US. If two opposing armies enter the same state, the battle is played out in an action sequence. Additional action sequences must be accomplished when capturing an enemy fort or train.
The game also offers a two-player-mode.
Action or strategy? Why not both? Why not North and South?
North and South is a very interesting game that is pretty hard to describe (not that there is much to be described), but I will try anyway. Game is set in USA suffering from civil war and there are four scenarios to choose from. Differences are only slight. You can choose to play either CSA or Union army, fighting each other. Your goal is obvious, to eliminate forces of the other side. There aren't many options, you can choose whether Indians and Mexicans will matter, if weather will have any influence on battle, and if Europeans have decided to intervene. Also there are three settings of difficulty, but the game is easy against computer opponent anyway (you can play a hot seat game, and that is where real fun begins!).
When you fight battles, the game switches into action mode, in which you can command your troops in real time. There are three types of units - cavalry, infantry and artillery. As always, each of them has a specialty, but they are all equally dangerous to your units, while artillery is probably too powerful.
When you decide to conquer one of the 5 forts, each positioned on the end of a railway, or when you decide to stop money shipment, the game will switch into yet another arcade mode. If you want to complete it successfully, then you have to reach end of train/fort before time will run out, which will be complicated by all sorts of obstacles and enemy soldiers.
However, the best way to get to know how the whole game looks, and how good it is, is to download it ;-)
I remember playing this game at my friend's Amiga 500 and it was everybody's favorite. Play as either South or North and beat the other one. The screen above shows the battle of two Southern armies and one Northern. You fight with cannons, cavalry and infantry units in different terrain types such as desert, grassland, river (be careful not to loose your troops in water), canyon... Beware of Indian raids and Mexican riots, hold railroads and try to control the only port in the game - North Carolina.
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