Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 85
    The actual movement of troops is the most accessible and obviously enjoyable part of the game but the rewards of managing your supply chains and setting production priorities are absolutely undeniable.
  2. Provides a very rewarding way to relive WWII from the perspective of its top leaders.
  3. Much deeper than "Axis & Allies," but just as accessible. A new strategy addiction. [June 2005, p.70]
  4. The AI is not disappointing, but you need human opponents to get the most from the experience, and the learning curve, while steep, is definitely less than that of other war games on the market.
  5. All good things are hidden and the interface is simply horrible. It takes a lot of patience and time to enjoy this one. [Aug. 05]
  6. It's about as thrilling as you can make learning history without wearing costumes.
  7. The most comprehensive and detailed replication of the Second World War to date and we can't see anyone topping this in the foreseeable future.
  8. World at War is at once easy to play and challenging, making it a perfect game for those looking to refight World War II without getting bogged down in the details.
  9. Tragically, we lost a man. Attempting to play World at War, very sadly, he died of the most painful kind of boredom. [Nov 2005, p.100]
  10. With an attractive PBEM option and game durations that can be measured in hours rather than days, this is definitely the grand-strategy title for those of us lumbered with obligations like jobs and school.
  11. Fast paced and flawed, but ultimately enjoyable. [June 2005, p.88]
  12. 50
    Perhaps if Grigsby makes a sequel, it'll be smarter and more manageable. As it is now, World at War is the work of an ambitious developer whose ideas are bigger than the capabilities of his game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Apr 17, 2014
    This is really an outstanding game for those who enjoy a turn based strategy game that is primarily military but also has economic and technological decisions that greatly impact the game. The historical accuracy achieved through random events and timing of nations into the game is also very pleasing. The game accomodates for varying levels of AI competitiveness although it is definitely below human level and needs additional resources to complete for more advanced players. I'm yet to try the multi-player which is facilitated via the matrix website. Graphics reflect the age of the game but are servicable.
    Really outstanding game overall that has the best balance of strategic, tactical and economic/technological aspects for WW2 without extreme complexity.
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  2. DennisK.
    Oct 28, 2005
    Axis and allies on the pc just like the board.
  3. Chimp
    May 30, 2005
    If you like the board game axis and allies, get this, its pretty much the same. if you want a deep global WWII experience where almost anything is possible, get hearts of iron 1 or 2. Full Review »