Axis & Allies Pacific 1940

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 (released in 2009) improves upon the original Axis & Allies Pacific game that was released in 2001. Players of the original Pacific game will notice some new rules along with some interesting new elements.

One such item is the Political Situation rule. Based in 1940, the game starts with just Japan and China at war. The remaining 3 Allies are at peace in the Pacific Theater with Japan. It’s a cat and mouse game to provoke and disturb terms and treaties with one another to really begin the back to basics Axis & Allies we all know well.

The Political Situation rule is great because the designer (Larry Harris) has really put history into game play as much as he could. Playing this game firsthand may seem a bit confusing when reading the rules, but understanding the political history, it makes a lot more sense.

As for units, new in Pacific 1940 is the Cruiser Warship — originally introduced in Axis & Allies Guadalcanal. Mechanized Infantry (better known as the Track, introduced in Axis & Allies Battle of the Bulge) is also new to the Pacific game. As for the skies, a new Tactical Bomber is added. It can land on aircraft carriers and partake in scramble operations.

Industrial complexes are deemed Minor or Major in this game, with the number of units that can be ‘built’ dependent on this. Air and Naval bases are also used – with each providing an extra space of movement when leaving from either.

Of note, Australia and New Zealand are their own player in Pacific 1940, fighting under the ANZAC banner.

Not included (when compared to the original Pacific game) are: IPC paper money, plastic industrial complexes and anti-aircraft guns, victory capital city roundels, task force cards and (it may seem) a lack of playing units. US Marine units are also removed for Pacific 1940.

There is a 2nd edition of Axis & Allies Pacific 1940. Essentially it includes an extra supply of units and plastic chips – and new colours.

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  • Players: 2-4
  • Board dimensions: 35x 20 inches or 83 x 50 cm
  • Can also combine with A&A Europe 1940 for a full global game

Game Primer Video:

A Closer Look:

Board art.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Board Art

Box cover.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Box Cover

Country boxes.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Country Boxes

Game board.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Game Board

Start of game setup.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Start of game setup.

Kamikaze symbol on the game board.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Kamikaze symbol

Neutral zone example.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - New neutral zone rules.

Strategic bombers can land on aircraft carriers.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Strategic bombers can land on aircraft carriers.

Strategic bombers, cruisers and mechanized infantry are new to this version of Pacific.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - Strategic bomber and cruiser and mechanized infantry

ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand).

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - ANZAC Tank

New look anti-aircraft. Introduction of Air and Navy bases.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - New look anti-aircraft along with new navy and air bases.

China is supported by USA fighter.

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 - China Supported by USA Fighter


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