Memoir '44 is a unique historical game where players command a horde of little plastic army men facing-off in dozens of WWII battles on an oversize hex game board. Each battle scenario mimics the historical terrain, troop placements and objectives of each army. Deploying forces through a variety of Command cards, the smart commander uses the unique skills of his units - infantry, paratroopers, tanks, artillery, commandos and resistance fighters - to its greatest strength. Easy to learn and fast-paced, Memoir '44 requires strategic card play, timely dice rolling and an aggressive, yet flexible battle plan to achieve victory!
As a kid I loved playing with army men and grew up playing Risk. This game takes tactical board game battles to an awesome level. 2 players act as generals of little plastic armies and strategically battle out scenarios on various maps and terrain. Gameplay is easy to grasp quickly. The set up and tear down time is a little daunting but the game is so much fun. Perfect for any history buffs who enjoy gaming and have 1 friend they love pitting their wits against. There is a TON of content for the game including campaigns and printable maps. Endless fun!
Easily one of the best games I have ever played. I picked up a copy used and was instantly hooked. My daughter and I play all the time. She loves history and loves playing the German army. I have bought as many expansions as possible. One of the coolest things I love about this game is all the awesome artwork which just sets the mood for the game (as it does with all DOW games).
My son and I began playing Battle Cry about a year ago. While my son would be considered a gamer, I rarely play games. However, the WWII theme appealed to me, so my wife bought this game for me for Christmas. My son and I have played almost everyday since opening the box. I am already looking at the expansions. Since the mechanics of both BC and MM 44 are based off the Command and Colors mechanics, it was easy to pick up and start playing right away. I have heard that hard-core wargammers enjoy this game even though it does not have the same type of strategy as traditional wargames. I think it is perfect for those that don't want to play a 2-3 hour game. My only negative is that I waited so long to try this game, since some of the expansions are out of print or are hard to find. I would recommend this game to anyone with an interest in military history.
This is a great light strategy game for 2 players with a WW2 theme. I really like the card-driven system here, which restricts your choices each turn and forces you to plan with limited resources. This can of course be frustrating at times, but you learn to optimize what you have, and importantly, it helps the game move along and avoid analysis paralysis.
You can watch some truly epic battles unfold, including the Normandy beach landings and other famous battles. You definitely feel like you are coordinating your troops at the strategic level rather than a tactical squad-on-squad level. It's a lot of fun with a lot of dice, and this is a game I never turn down to play. Highly recommended!
If you are looking for a great 1v1 war game that isn't overly complicated, than you have found your game. This game creates very exciting moments, great strategy, and tons of fun. What makes this game unique is that you can not just simply move any unit you want. You draw command cards that show which flank you can command and how many units. It creates for exciting moves and extreme frustration (in a good way) when you can't get the card you need. Some of the scenarios do not seemed balanced but this is a good thing. For example, one mission you hold 5 units 12 inches above the board and drop them. Where ever they land is where you start. They are airmen so it makes sense but it might be incredibly difficult because your men might already be surrounded. It might not seem fair but it sure is a blast. Highly recommend for a great 2 player war game.
The game mechanics are verry well though about, because of the card movement in the different sections of the board.
Also the special card are verry good.
everything about this game falls in the good point of playing smooth.
The senario maps are verry good.
the balance of the game is supper!
overall nice thought game.
must have in the collection boardgame!
WW2 based games using plastic playing pieces that let you battle with armor, artillery and Infantry. These units battle to control territory or take objectives. Later expansion add additional plastic playing piece units and rules. The game design allows you to invest as little (base game) or as much (several expansions) making the game as simple or as complicated as you desire. Rules are easy to understand and board tiles allow an infinite number of battle fields. Days of Wonder website also offers several 100 additional scenarios allowing endless game play.
I love war games, but my wife...not so much. This games is great because it gives the flavor and a good bit of the strategy of war games, but without being too intimidating for non-wargamers. It plays easy and its loads of fun, plus all of the expansions can keep you playing for a long time, and like everything from Days of Wonder the quality great.
Best game about WWII I've ever known. Only one tiny disadvantage - gameplay of missions in "base" box are very similar. Becomes boring fast. One might need some of expansions (there are really lot of) to fully enjoy that beautiful game. Figures are maid very good and shines if you paint them. Had also much of good time with my little daughter painting them together.
This is an excellent board game. It is not a war game because everything about it is abstract. The hex sizes are abstract, the unit sizes are abstract, and the unit stats are more abstract. But if you are wanting an easy to play game of world war two, then this is your game. With the starter boxed set, you can fight your way from D-Day to the invasion of Paris. With expansions, you can fight the German army in Africa as the British, or fight them in Russia with Russian troops, or fight as the American Marines across the many island chains of the Pacific Theater. There is an expansion to fight the many battles known collectively as the Battle of the Bulge. A miniatures expansion allows you to use plastic miniatures instead of badges to represent the many different types of units. While some take the time to paint all of their miniatures, I don't paint board game pieces. There are even rules available to take what is essentially a two player game and play it with two sets for eight players! One of my favorite games, I give it four out of five bullets!