The Bluecoats - North vs South Review
- Quite the well done remake of an old strategy game.
- Lots of different game modes breaks up any monotony.
- The game is very customizable.
- All the random elements seem to affect you negatively and the computer positively. Text is way to small on the iPhone screen. No multiplayer option.
This is a very good remake of the 1990 strategy classic. While some of the underlying gameplay issues of the original have not been solved, this is a unique and fun experience in the world of Risk-like turn based strategy videogames.
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The original game this remake is based on, 'North & South' was based on the Belgian comic book 'Les Tuniques Bleues', which was a humorous take on the American Civil War. The Bluecoats – North vs South takes the “turn based strategy laden with mini-games” concept, updates the graphics and smooths over the whole experience. With a fresh coat of paint and some tinkering, how does this gaming classic hold up?
Well the game starts at the options screen in which you choose either the Yankees or the Confederates, set the computer difficulty, and tinker with the game options if you so wish. The main board of the game plays like a modified game of risk, with units available to you to move and conquer either neutral or enemy territories each turn. At the start of the turn, you're given gold based on how many railway lines and forts you control, and this gold can be used to buy new units, or upgrade your chances in the mini-games. When attacking an enemy solider, capturing a fort, hijacking an enemy's train, or defending against an attack yourself, the game changes to one of three distinct mini-games.
Open combat has three units, infantry, cavalry, and artillery on a battlefield, that can be moved and ordered to attack to obtain victory. Capturing or defending a fort entails a shoot out game where you have to fire at enemies in cover while not getting shot yourself. Finally pillaging a train has you running up on horseback, jumping and ducking to avoid obstacles. The controls for these games are easy enough to use, but there is a distinct lack of finesse or aid, as often you'll tap somewhere and either there will be no response, or your tap will register nearby where you wanted it to. This coupled with the tiny text on the iPhone screen can make North vs South a frustrating play experience.
Now in the game options you can turn the mini-games off in favor of dice rolls (as well as turn off the Indians, Mexicans, weather, and reinforcement random events). This makes the game more playable as a strategy game, but the frustration of the mini-games is then traded for the baffling luck of the computer player (whose armies seem to withstand multiple direct assaults). This is where a multiplayer option would have been fantastic, but sadly at the time of this review, there is no such option.
North & South was an interesting game in 1990, and while this remake has polished it up, the game has not aged well. The controls and luck factors make it less fun than it should be. Strategy fans and retro gamers will no doubt enjoy an old favorite, but the game's wider appeal is questionable.
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"What better subject for a French studio to make a strategy game about than the US civil war? This remake puts a modern spin on the classic 1990 tactical title."
“This game is a mix of Age of Empires and the Oregon Trail, but with a heck of a lot more action.”
“[…] See for yourself how great this iPhone/iPad game is ! ”
“A revival in the truest sense, Bluecoats keeps the best elements of the original, replaces parts that begged for overhaul, and wraps the altered formula in a much prettier package. If I had to choose one version to show off as an example of the true potential of genre mashups, it would undoubtedly be this one.”
“If you’re generally a fan of strategy games and have at least a passing interest in action, you’ll find lots to love in Bluecoats’ three-way mashup. The game’s greatest failing is simply that it lets you jump in on normal difficulty — it’s utterly clear that you need to move up the challenge ladder starting from the very bottom.”
“For small sessions it does a solid job of making you think on your feet. The iOS version makes far more sense to buy than the PC, and iPad owners will probably get the best out of it. The mini games certainly make for an unusually mixed strategy experience, just make sure not to get too good at the shooting and turn the difficulty up!”
In the colorful strategy game The Bluecoats - North vs South, you play the head of one of the armies of the Civil War. Your aim is to conquer American territory !
This is a remastered version of the game that was released in 1990, with improved graphics and user-friendliness that are up to current standards.
¤ Head up the Yankees or the Confederates, and destroy your enemy!
¤ Taking up positions, capturing states, assaulting and capturing enemy forts, attacking trains and protecting your railroads ...
¤ Capture the port to use the reinforcements coming from Europe.
¤ Protect yourself from storms
¤ Be wary of those Indians in the war and those Mexican bandits ... if you don't, you'll be in trouble!
To come out in one piece, you'll have to master taking turns, armed battles in real time, 1 against 30 shoot-outs, and horseback train chases.
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