North and South: Which Side Are You On?

Price: $2.99

North and South: iPad App Written and Video Review

North & South for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you like ye olden strategy games? Have you ever heard of a retro title that involves the Civil War in all its state-smashing glory? If so, then you likely know what we’re talking about—and your hopes are completely justified. Yes, North & South is now available on the iPad, thanks to the developer bitComposer Entertainment. For the low price of three bucks you can play this strategy classic on your modern device by yourself, or with other players online. You’ll get all the same gameplay, only redone for the current day and age. Sound like something you’d like to know more about? Then slide on down below the break, Solider, and get cracking at our full review!

Concept and Gameplay

If you’ve ever played the retro game that the app is based on, then you’ve likely already got a pretty solid idea of how the app works. You pick either side of the American Civil Ware (Union or Confederacy) and from there you must direct your troops about the states to conquer and defeat your opponents. In true strategy board game style, this means moving individual troop units about the map, taking control of important rivers and stations—and all while fending off enemy attacks.

On the subject of the latter, North & South comes with two very different battle scenarios. One is like an arcade rendition of a classic countertop board game battle, while the other is more akin to Whack-a-Mole. We liked both, though we did find the former a bit clunky. More on that in a second, but either way, we simply want to reassure you that all of the same traditional gameplay that you’d expect has been maintained here, allowing the purists to rest at ease and the newcomers to enjoy what’s offered.

Design and Graphics

North & South for iPad

North & South for iPad

First off, we’d simply like to say that North & South is in fact a good looking game. We liked the cartoon style of the graphics, and the constant humor and quirk is very entertaining. However, we did find the battlefield style battle sequence a bit clunky. Managing your troops by clicking on their unit marker and then moving the joystick was rather cumbersome, and the combat itself is more than a bit confusing. The in-game help files do a lot to iron this out, but overall, we came away quite dissatisfied with the element: And as it’s a major part of the gameplay, this is a real stumbling block.

Overall Value

Still, at the end of the day you’ll be getting a lot for your three bucks. And furthermore, if you’re just looking for a North & South rendition on the iPad, we hardly know where else to point you. In other words, North & South is still a great title, and though it has its problems, it’s easily worth your time and energy to purchase.

North & SouthNorth & South requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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