August 5, 2009

Axis & Allies Spring 1942 User Review and Images

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Our friends over at Axis & Allies.org have fished up the first user review of the upcoming Axis & Allies 1942 Edition due out in just a few weeks. You can read about it here, and don't forget to check out the slick shot of the board.

The reviewer gave this new A&A baseline installment - the 25th Anniversary Edition of the A&A franchise - high marks for Gameplay, Clarity of Rules and approachability for new players.

There are two major beefs, however. While the game's components sport the same sleek look and high quality of the awe inspiring A&A 50th Anniversary Edition, the board is a tad too small to fit the pieces in and around Europe (hasn't that always been the case?), and Avalon Hill seems to have skimped out on some of the components, too. There's no more battle board (but a battle strip on the main board), there are hardly enough stackable white chips that come with the set (the ones that aid in keeping track of your soldiers) and there's no money included in this addition. *serious gasp* No Money?! We know things are tough, but that's a pretty sour thing to do Avalon Hill!

But you can just grab a stack of money from your own set, or use some Monopoly money from the basement.. that's fine. Or if you're really in bad shape you can do what the game suggests and drag out a pencil and some paper. Nontraditional but utilitarian.

The mere fact that this installment is a (cheaper) cousin of the out of print A&A 50th Anniversary mixed with the older & also out of print A&A Revised edition should make it quite the looker, and the gameplay should be much more involved than your father's A&A.

If you happen to be that father.. then it's cool and no hard feelings. We are, too.

Well let you know as A&A Spring 1942 ships to stores.

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Posted by Critical Gamers Staff at August 5, 2009 9:37 PM

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