North N’ South is a funny action – strategy game, developed and published by Infogrames in 1989, for all home computers.
The game takes you to the Civil Was of the US (1861-1864) and you can choose either the North or the South. The whole interface is a map where you can move your armies and even take over enemies? states, forts or harbors. With doses of humor you battle against your opponents by using infantry, cavalry or cannons (you can switch among them anytime). Reinforcements can be done via ships or by taking money by train. During battles, the terrains seen from above are beautiful with lots of colors while the armies look so tiny- and the sound is funny with very good FX. In some quests, such as taking over a fort, the game s perspective changes to side scrolling, where you control a single soldier and try to kick and stab the enemies in order to reach the flag and possess the fort before the time runs out. The same happens when you chase a train, in order to lute its supplies from the enemies.
The CPC version uses nice colors, and good sound effects (no digitized sounds though, like the ones used in the C64 platform). Note that here, the little infantry/cavalry and cannons are nicely drawn and colored compared to the C64 version (only in black...!). Also the terrain has more detail than the C64 (check the bridge below). The nice intro music theme is also included here.
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CPU: ZiLOG Z80 4MHZ MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB of RAM depending on the model (capable of being expanded to 512k using memory extension boards) GRAPHICS: Motorola 6845 address generator, Mode 0: 160x200 / 16 colors, Mode 1: 320x200 / 4 colors, Mode 2: 640x200 / 2 colors, A colour palette of 27 colors was supported SOUND: The CPC used the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels Mono Sound (via internal speaker) but capable to offer Stereo Sound provided through a 3.5 mm headphones jack (with pretty impressive outcome!). Also, it is possible to play back digital sound samples at a resolution of approximately 5bit. This technique is very processor-intensive though.