The Bluecoats: North vs South


Remaking a game is a sensitive process, especially when the original game has a small cult following. North & South was a popular game in the early 90s in Europe and making a decision to actively change gameplay elements would be bold. That's exactly what Microïds did anyway.

I went back to play North & South on my platform of choice, the Amiga and found myself slightly disappointed with how the mini games played when you move into a space on the map. The world map gameplay is still solid, but the controls on the action sequences hadn't aged so well.

It's always a shame when you go back and play a game you loved many years ago, only to find it doesn't quite hold up today. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are many that still love the game as it is, but it wasn't for me.

That's why I was delighted to discover that Microïds' version of the game from 2012; "The Bluecoats: North vs South" retains the charm, design and strategic gameplay of the original, but improves upon it. The mini games I've grown sour towards are replaced with fresh ones, relevant to modern control schemes. There also some nice little tweaks such as the ability to retreat from battle and live to fight another day. Check out my coverage of this new version of the game below!

UPDATE (04/02/15): The Bluecoats: North vs South is now available on Steam, which was not the case when this article and videos were originally produced.

It is also available on the App Store or Google Play.