Sacre bleu! What a brilliant game. North & South is a 1989 turn-based strategy-sim game about the American Civil War and an offshoot of the Belgian comic Les Tuniques Bleues. Taking up positions, capturing states, assaulting and capturing enemy forts, attacking trains and protecting your railroads… you’ll have to deal with everything! Before you begin a proper game, there are a few options you can alter. You can change the time period, toggle the difficulty levels to give yourself more gold, toggle the presence of a storm cloud that moves around to freeze a unit in place and the presence of both Indians and Mexicans attacking border states. The game also offers a two-player-mode. The player begins the game looking at a map of the United States with a handful of starting territories occupied by the Union and the Confederacy.
The player can move their armies across the map to take control of territory and engage the enemy. Although all territory counts towards the player’s reinforcements, the most important areas to take are railway stations. The more railway stations a player controls, the more reinforcements they can receive at the end of their turn. When two armies engage on the strategic map, a real-time battle ensues where the two forces are arranged on opposite sides of one of several battle maps. The battle ends when one of the forces is annihilated. There are also some mini-games included. The graphics are smoothly animated and well drawn and the sound is good, with some decent tunes and sound effects complementing the action. This brilliant Amiga classic has several re-mastered editions but none of them beats the original.