Axis & Allies - PC
- A Rare, Classic, WWII Simulation Product Information Decide the fate of a nation and the destinyof the world with this historical WWII strategy game. As the world powersbattle for supremacy in 1942, spearhead your country's military drive.Plan strategic bombing raids, sneak submarine attacks, hit-and-run infantryattacks, and antiaircraft barrages. Move into embattled territories andresolve c
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The game has a new version: Axis and Allis: Iron Blitz Edition. This is NOT an expansion of the regular computer game, it is a complete version that tends to work better and has an expanded editor: Buy the Iron Blitz version of Axis and Allies, not this one!
Axis & Allies is -- if you can still find a copy, that is -- a beautiful board game to see and play, but its main drawback is that it's time consuming to set up. You can't place your forces at random; each of the five major powers (USSR, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and the U.S.) has a card telling players where they have to place their initial forces...on color coded regions all over the world. This process alone can take up at least 15 minutes, perhaps more.
Another problem was the duration of game play. Depending on one's grasp of the basic rules and analytical skills -- and my analytical skills were, back then, pretty rudimentary -- a single turn could take up more than 15 minutes, since each turn is divided into various steps (Weapons Development, Unit Purchase, Combat Moves, Non Combat Moves, and Fund Collection). Depending on your strategy and tactical realities at any given point, you can skip most of these if you have no viable options -- just don't forget to collect your funds, but in most cases the player who neglects a step can find him- or herself in deep trouble. That's one reason turns take so long. (The other is, of course, that you have to physically move the pieces, consult the game card and/or the rule book and roll the dice.Read more ›
This software, however, is one of the worst-written things I have ever seen. It even plays like it's not object-oriented, the same parameters being controlled in different ways on different screens. It is full of bugs that are resolved by none of the available patches. In the Iron Blitz version, for example, if you are the defender in a naval battle and your only unit is a destroyer, the enemy's submarine hit will freeze the game because it does not check to see if there are units left to receive normal hits. When I complained about this bug, Tech Support told me to replace my video drivers! Pretty useless advice from a bad Tech Support Dept.
The AI, is, of course, simply horrible. If I were that bad, I wouldn't play. The AI lacks agression and buys pointless units. This game is not that hard to play, there is no excuse for this shoddy software.
It is playable with other humans, but Hasbro should rewrite it from scratch, using skilled coding and modern technique, because this implementation is not worthy of such a great game, or even of Hasbro itself. If that company's toy cars were so poorly designed and manufactured, the company would likely be defunct.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect translation from board game to PC as far as I'm concerned.Published 6 months ago by Tim Szakszon
Don't have time to play the board game? Play this video game instead. It takes far less time because all of the setup and money etc. is automatic. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reasonable priced and quick shipping. Game arrived as advertised. Great classic game!Published 9 months ago by Monty
You'll love the game if you have an older PC. I couldn't get it to work on Windows 7 or Vista. It's one of the best games of all time, but you will be aggravated when your planes... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Stew Meat
Loved the board game. This is much easier as you don't have to spend an hour setting up the board before playing!Published on January 26, 2013 by Boston Cowboy
i bought this because i played this game frequently as a kid growing up. it is fun and has great historical valuePublished on December 15, 2012 by kenneth worthington
Theis game would not play and I could not get any response for support. I would like to ghet my money back.Published on June 14, 2011 by Derail
The game wouldn't not play properly on my computer. Too many glitches too the point that it wasn't worth it. I had a copy of this a long time ago and it worked just fine. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by David