Well, I did have many of those, and while most of them weren’t necessarily bad, I had to set up an “accident” so I could preserve my sanity. Two of the unfortunate fatalities of these kinds of accidents were North & South and Dino Dini’s Goal! I will write about the former.
|I wish I also had inflatable boat with a viking dragon head at the front|
Another factor that helped with my decision was that my friends were awful players. I did write before about how much I wanted to have peers that could pose a challenge once in a while. So imagine how boring it was to play this game over and over again and trying to put some arbitrary handicaps on myself, like using the joystick with the left hand, as to make it a little bit interesting. It didn’t work out in the end.
I think I “accidentally” used North & South disk as a saved games disk for some other game. It was probably some football manager game like The Manager or Premier Manager. There was a bit disappointment among my friends when the sad news came. Even if they wanted to find the game again it wouldn’t be easy. Skeggtown was a small town in the countryside without any game store at the time. There was hardly anyone else with an Amiga.
I can bet that Louie CF and Lil’John never played North & South again ever.
|Louie CF and Lil'John reaction when they heard the news|
The sound design is great, and because of it I really love messing with the main menu with its many cool details. Every option, like choosing if there are any Indians in the game, is accompanied by some really nice sound effects. In the end I choose to play with the Union, even accounting for the fact that Patrick Swayze did fight for the south in that 80’s drama series, because those confederation leaders were a bunch of racists, or so I’ve heard. There’s also the option to pick between three different generals, and I had no doubt that I had to take the bearded one because he has a sort of Hemingway-esque coolness. Not that it mattered in gameplay terms anyway.
|It's even possible to tickle the photographer's butt. Seriously.|
The arcade sections are where the fun is, provided that there is a friend playing with us of the same level. I thought about asking my wife to play with me but then again I knew that it wasn’t a good idea, as I shouldn’t wake the demons of my past. I can picture my wife asking me to play North & South every night, and what kind of excuse would I find in 2014 for the game to disappear?
|No, they weren't sunbathing. They were committing the weirdest mass suicide ever|
|I'd rather play literally as a boot running away from a clock|
In the end I got the conclusions I was expecting. The game might be fun with the right company but it’s just too shallow and easy in one player mode.