Axis & Allies*

Axis & Allies is a classic grand strategy board game set during World War II. It's a part of Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series and is known for its depth and complexity, simulating the global scale of the war.

Gameplay Overview

  • Teams and Nations: Up to five players split into two teams: the Axis (Germany and Japan) and the Allies (USA, United Kingdom, and USSR).
  • World Map: The game features a world map divided into various territories, similar to Risk.
  • Diverse Military Units: Players command a range of military units, including infantry, tanks, planes, ships, and factories, each with unique functions and capabilities.

Special Features

  • Strategic Depth: Requires teamwork, strategic planning, and resource management to coordinate attacks and defenses.
  • Production Points: Players use production points to build military units and can invest in developing advanced technologies.
  • Variety of Units: The diverse units offer different strategic options and require players to balance their forces effectively.

Legacy and Expansions

  • Original Publication: First published by Nova Games in 1981.
  • Re-implementations: Includes editions like Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition and Axis & Allies: Global 1940.
  • Expansions: Features several expansions, including unofficial ones, that add new dimensions to the game.


Axis & Allies stands as a monumental board game in the genre of war gaming, offering an immersive experience of WWII strategy. It's ideal for players who enjoy in-depth tactical planning, historical themes, and cooperative team play on a grand scale.

Nominated for 1 award.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 180 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

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