The year was 1941 and it was the second year of war, just before the Americans the battlefield. Germany was marching on Moscow and Japan was accumulating territory in the Far East. This is the stage that is set for Axis and Allies 1941. We assembled the gaming crew one more time around the Tabletop Simulator virtually staring each other down. I picked last so I ended up with the Axis.
Axis and Allies 1941 is very short version of Axis and Allies. It plays in about 2 hours a little longer if you are on Tabletop Simulator. Moving the pieces is not as easy with out a hand. The game started out pretty historical with Russia pushing back on the German position and Germany motoring into the Russian heartland. Then you have Japan picking off islands in the Pacific while Briton and the US are stockpiling and positioning for invading the continent.
We overload battles and lose a lot of tokens on the battle board.
I have mentioned it before but my gaming group has a somewhat unique game style. We usually end up with the least amount of pieces on the board. We overload battles and lose a lot of tokens on the battle board. In this version of the game pieces are more expensive and you have less money to buy them. This makes our style of play bring the game to its breaking point.
I believe that this version was meant as a gateway game to the Axis and Allies family of games. There are quite a few of them, Its been almost 40 years since the first one came out. I really enjoyed playing this version as the Axis powers as there is a whole lot less to track opposed to the original version of this game. We did not quite get to the end of this particular game as bed time snuck up on some of us. I conceded the game after the British took Western Europe and I failed to grab Moscow.
We did not quite get to the end of this particular game as bed time snuck up on some of us.
I recommend playing this version if you are new or returning back after a long time to Axis and Allied. I play regularly enough that this version was a little simpler than I like. I wont add this to my collection but I would not say no if someone asked to play.
Year Published: 2012
Recommended Ages: 12+
Time to Play: 120 minutes