Axis & Allies
Axis & Allies started life out as a strategy board game. A board game that has gone through a couple of revisions over the years and is still popular to this day. In 2004, TimeGate Studios was the studio who brought the game from the living room floor or table to PC screens.
Play As The General
In Axis & Allies, you need to pick a general from one of five factions. You can choose from the Allies which is the USA, Russia, and the UK or the Axis which are Germany and Japan. The unit that your team will result in you having special military units that are exclusive to them. For example, the Russians have awesome snipers and the UK can make use of these tremendous tanks that can shoot fire.
Three Ways To Play
Axis & Allies has three different modes of play. This may not sound like a great deal, but for a game that is over a decade old, it is not bad at all. You have a campaign, WWII mode, and a custom mode. The campaign is a pretty solid story (although it could have been a bit more cinematic) and the presentation is actually pretty great. The WWII mode is pretty neat, especially if you are a fan of the board game. I have never actually played the board game, but from what I understand it follows it pretty well. You can either take part in the battles in the standard RTS format as you do the rest of the game. Or you can do a quick resolve if you want the game to be more like the board game and less like a video game.
Who Will Win?
Depending on what side of the way you play as you will have different ways to win the war. If you are playing as the Allies then you can win by capturing the two capitals of the Axis. The Axis though can win by taking two of the three capitals or by establishing an economic victory.
Know What You Are Doing
The way that you win is by employing a solid strategy. There is quite a lot to do in Axis & Allies and the game certainly has a really solid learning curve. You will need to use your resources to get new troops, make buildings and bases, weapons and so on. Money ammo and oil are the resources that you need and if you play things smart you can have a steady flow of cash that allows you to fight the war the way you want to fight. If you make a few wrong decisions though things can get really tricky.
No Way! That Was Cheap!
One thing that many people have a hard time with in this game is that the AI can be very frustrating. It adapts to what you do in a very clever way and it can sometimes feel rather cheap they way it reacts to everything that you do. It is like no matter what you do the AI is sometimes a few moves ahead. I am sure in multiplayer battles (I was not able to play multiplayer) with an opponent at the same skill level as you would be great.
I think that if you are a fan of the board game Axis & Allies would be something that you have a lot of fun with. As a strategy game, it is actually quite fun, but the learning curve is very steep so please keep that in mind. If you are a fan of strategy games I do feel that this is one you should look into tracking down or downloading.
- 5 different factions to play as
- Three different modes of play
- WWII mode is like a digital version of the board game
- Makes you think about each move
- The campaign is far better than you would think
- The AI can be a little on the cheap side
- The learning curve is pretty steep
Download Axis & Allies
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP