Axis & Allies is a war board game series not easy to write about – it has a total of 11 versions, each of which has slightly different rules. Generally, Axis and Allies board game deals with the historical period of World War II and the objective is always to win the war by capturing enough critical territories to gain an advantage over the enemies. Many players of Axis & Allies find it fascinating to get a chance to rewrite history – could one, for example, avoid the failure of American forces in Pearl Harbor?
Modelling world powers
Axis & Allies models the economical and military situations of the most powerful countries of the world in the beginning of the World War II, meaning that the game board is set up accordingly each time. Two up to five players can play and each of them represents a different world power: In the latest version of the board game, Axis & Allies: 1942, these countries are Germany and Japan from the Axis side, against the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the USA from the Allies side. The situation of each country is different at the beginning of the game, as is the path to victory.
During his turn, each player has to choose how to spend his IPCs aka “industrial production credits”, which are basically the “money” of this game. IPCs can be used to buy units, repair broken structures, advance in technology, etc. Like in Risk board game, battles are resolved with the help of dice. However, in Axis & Allies, the winning numbers depend on the type of the unit: tanks, for example, have more winning numbers than infantry. At the end of the turn, players collect new IPCs according to the territories that they control. And when either the Axis or the Allies powers have completed their objectives, the game is over.
Serious yet simple
Axis & Allies has been described as one of the easiest historical war board games to learn, but this doesn’t certainly mean that playing it a couple of times is enough to become a pro. The official instruction manual of Axis & Allies board game states that, “in this game, you’ll discover that cooperation and negotiation are just as important as tactical maneuvering”. Compared to Risk, Axis & Allies is more realistic as it models a real historical period and has different unit types. Axis & Allies is certainly a serious war board game – this can already be seen from the fact that the US military likes it. But at the same time, it doesn’t go into too much detail and is simple enough to be played within 3 hours.
One of the latest major revisions of the game series is Axis & Allies: 1942, which has been praised by many fans of the game series for its balanced gameplay and a buyer-friendly price. Furthermore, the quality of game pieces is said to be excellent in comparison with other strategy board games. But in addition, several previous versions that focus on certain battles are also still available for sale. Axis & Allies: D-Day, for example, focuses on the liberation on Normandy by the allied troops. A