Axis & Allies (1998 video game)

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Axis & Allies
Axis & Allies (1998) Coverart.jpg
Developer(s) Meyor/Glass Interactive
Publisher(s) Hasbro Interactive
Designer(s) James Haldy
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release August 20, 1998
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Axis & Allies is a 1998 turn-based strategy video game closely based on the Axis and Allies: Classic board game.

Players take control of one of five world powers at the start of 1942 in WW2, grouped into the opposing factions of the Allies (US, UK, and USSR) and the Axis (Germany and Japan). Victory conditions are set at the start of the game: complete world domination, the capture of enemy capitals, or reaching a set level of economic power by the Axis.

The game is turn-based, with the USSR turn first, and the USA turn last. Each power's turn of the game is broken into several phases. First is the research phase, where IPCs (a representation of industrial power) can be gambled in an attempt to develop advanced technology, such as jet engines or rockets. The remaining IPCs are then used to buy troops in the purchase phase. Troops are then moved in the combat move phase, and battles resolved in the combat phase. Non-combative moves are then performed in the non-combat move phase, new units are then placed at the powers' factories & IPCs for all territories the power now controls are collected in the place units/collect income phase and the powers' turn ends.

A second edition of the game was released in 1999 titled Axis & Allies: Iron Blitz. It added a function to allow the third edition rules of the game as well as new features such as allowing a submarine to submerge instead of withdrawal and having multiple AA guns occupy the same territory. In addition, it included many alternate scenarios, providing for events that ranged from a Western Allied-Soviet war after World War II (Allies: UK/US vs Axis: Soviet Union/(Communist) Germany), to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact being made into a formal alliance, which turns Japan into the Allies (Allies: UK/US/Japan vs Soviet-German Axis.) And, of course, there is the default scenario from the board game (Allies: UK/US/Soviet vs Germany/Japan.)


1994 Axis & Allies CD-i Hasbro Interactive Philips / CapDisc [n 1]
1998 Axis & Allies CD MicroProse / Infogrames Hasbro Interactive [n 2]
1999 Axis & Allies: Iron Blitz CD MicroProse / Infogrames MicroProse [n 3]
2004 Axis & Allies: RTS CD TimeGate Studios Atari [n 4]
2004 Axis & Allies: RTS 1939–1945 CD TimeGate Studios Atari [n 5]
2006 Axis & Allies: RTS Collector's Edition CD TimeGate Studios Encore [n 6]


  1. ^ Axis & Allies CD-i video game released by Philips for Philips CD-i game console
  2. ^ Axis & Allies video game review
  3. ^ Axis & Allies: Iron Blitz video game review
  4. ^ Axis & Allies: RTS video game review[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Axis & Allies: RTS 1939–1945 video game review Archived August 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Axis & Allies: RTS Collector's Edition video game review


A&A 3rd Edition Rules are included in this video game. There is an option to use A&A 3rd Edition rules or the standard A&A 2nd Edition rules.

Submerging Submarines: Submarines can now submerge from battle during any round of firing if they haven't been hit.

Amphibious Aerial Retreat: All fighters and bombers (that have not been hit) can retreat from an amphibious assault.

Multiple AA guns in one area: You can now place more than one AA gun in a territory

Purchased Naval units can be put in an enemy occupied ocean or sea zone: All players can put any of their naval units in an enemy occupied ocean or sea zone. If they do this, combat will occur on your enemy's turn immediately following yours unless the enemy player moves its naval unit out of the ocean/sea zone.

Western Canada no longer borders the Atlantic Ocean: This prevents players from being able to move land units from transports from the Atlantic Ocean directly to Western Canada.

Surviving Aircraft: When a Carrier sinks, the surviving planes have 1 movement to land on a friendly carrier or friendly island.

Turn Phases[edit]

Each power has a turn of 5 steps during each round of play. Each of the 5 powers will have a turn in a complete round of play.

Round of Play[edit]

A full round of play consists of: USSR, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, and United States. If one power's armed forces are completely destroyed, that nation is removed from play and gameplay skips that power's turn. Example: United Kingdom destroys all of Germany's armed forces. The play now follows: USSR, United Kingdom, Japan and USA. However, if Germany's ally Japan liberates Germany's capital and later Germany can produce new units, then Germany's turn is now restored as it was at the start of the game.


IPCs otherwise known as Industrial Production Certificates, is the only currency in the game. IPCs are used to buy land units, sea units or air units. Each power collect IPCs at the end of their turn. You collect IPCs for every territory that you control that has an IPC value at the end of your turn.


Allies: Historical victory of capturing both Axis capitals. Total victory means that both Japan and Germany are captured and none of the Allied capitals are captured by the Axis.

Axis: One of 2 conditions are met.

Total Victory: Axis capturing 2 of the 3 Allied capitals and none of the Axis capitals are captured by the Allies.

IPC Victory: When the combined IPCs controlled by both Japan and Germany reach 84 at the end of a complete round of play.

Known Issues[edit]

The game's dice randomization algorithm seems questionable, and can sometimes produce extremely lopsided results, such as one side scoring all sixes while the other scores all ones.


Axis & Allies was a commercial success, selling roughly 300,000 copies by February 1999, after its release in September 1998.[1]

Axis & Allies was a runner-up for Computer Games Strategy Plus's 1998 "Wargame of the Year" award, which ultimately went to The Operational Art of War. The editors noted the "mass-market appeal" of Axis & Allies.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Takahashi, Dean (February 16, 1999). "New job for war vets: Game consultant". ZDNet. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ Staff (February 11, 1999). "The Best of 1998". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on February 3, 2005. 

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