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    Published: 2014-01-17, by Peter Warrior.

    The original PC classic, brought to mobile two decades later.

    8.4
    • Fun mix of tactical and real time strategy
    • Faithful port of the original
    • Enhanced graphics - looks great on tablets
    • Lost chance to enhance the original game

    "South shall... look for shelter from the storm"

    It might be that you don't know the mid 90s PC game, played through an EGA graphic card. There were even earlier 8bit versions, all of them something beautiful and exciting in its own way, because North & South mixed board strategy with real time battles, as if it was an early ancestor of the Total War series.

    In hindsight, the original PC game had many gameplay exploits as charging the cannons' power bar before they actually showed up on screen and releasing it at 90% thus bombarding enemy's cannons as they took their positions, or make cavalry whoa and charge enemy infantry downwards to swipe them off with few if any casualties. Also, once you get the grasp of train or fort assaults, there was no feasible way for the defending player to avoid losing. These gameplay unbalances have been slightly corrected, though you can have for sure that old school players will try them all.

    Graphics have been enhanced to suit a more mobile style, but require a huge screen to be enjoyed in its full glory. Music is better than the original MIDI, of course. Gameplay may need some trial and error the first plays, both in regards of tactical moves and real battles, but it isn't hardcore strategy so newcomers are more than welcomed. Anyway, if the first time you lose the war in two months, don't blame Lincoln for it: you have to learn to not enter in battle when forces are too balanced and push enemy lines to the Mexican and Indian zones of influence and let attrition do its job.

    On the other hand, as many and many classic games ported, there's always that feeling of lost chance, that cowardice of being too faithful but add not new stuff. What about Canada and Mexico? Where's the Monitor and sea warfare? Where are the gatling guns, the early ambulances and the "colored" regiments?

    Likewise, it's a shame that there aren't additional scenarios, neither real or fictional, making use of the same engine.

    Game can be played via local network or hotseat (battles are solved by Goddess Math) against a friend. This game supports six languages.

    This game's free, but you have to unlock the premium version to get rid of ads and avoid annoying microwaitings every time an order is given to a unit in the tactical map.

    In conclusion, a great game for strategists looking for something really fun and casual gamers looking for something brainier.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Jan 17, 2014

    Description

    The Bluecoats - North vs South UNIVERSAL, colorful strategy!

    New : Multiplayer !

    _____________ PRESS REVIEWS _____________

    "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."
    www.ign.com

    “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 ! ”
    www.1greatapp.com

    “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.”
    www.ifanzine.com

    “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!”
    www.capsulecomputers.com

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    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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