Allied General

aka: Panzer General II, Panzer General II: Allied General
Moby ID: 2245
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Allied General is the sequel to Panzer General and uses the same turn-based gameplay mechanics. This time the player experiences World War II from the Allied point of view during two British, one U.S. and one Russian campaign. The settings are Europe, Russia and Northern Africa.

The most important thing to have are prestige points. These are earned by solving scenarios (more for less amount of turns used) and used to buy replacement units. But this is not the only reason to be concerned about the detailed mission results: surviving units are transferred to the next mission and receive experience points. The campaign is also not completely linear, and the next mission depends on the result of the last - this means a lost scenario does not necessarily result in a game over, and a scarce victory can have devastating results. Of course a great victory has positive effects on the next missions.

Every turn the player plans the actions of his units and tries to defeat his enemy. The complexity of the game mostly comes from the many different units and weapons - everything has their use and weaknesses. It is vital to use the resources in the correct order and combination. There are also other factors to think about, e.g. fuel. Allied General tries to be player friendly by giving feedback during turns, e.g. by showing the probable combat result before the player issues the attack. He can also undo a turn as long as no new enemy units are scouted. Other extras are historical film material and optional combat animations.

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  • アライド・ジェネラル - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 79% (based on 24 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 16 ratings with 1 reviews)

A simple followup to Panzer General

The Good
I think the thing I liked the most about this release is that I got the DOS, Win and Mac versions all on a single CD. Sadly the PC versions no longer work under 2k, although the Mac one continues to chug along fine.

Anyway the game is basically identical to the original Panzer General, but with new units and missions. You can play as either the British, US or Soviets, which is also a nice twist. As you move from one country to another the UI elements change, from a "soft" look for the Brits to a "hard" metalic UI for the Soviets.

The Bad
As with all of the original PG series, the game is terribly weak in terms of supply lines. As a result the concept of Blitzkrieg, or even just encirclement, simply doesn't work. As a result all missions have to be fronted from a single wide line, thus ruining the effects of a lightning strike "up the middle". Even the newest releases in the series have the same problem. It's very annoying.

As to this release specifically, I found it somewhat weak in comparison to the other members of the series. I can't be much more specific than that, I'm not sure what the issue is. Maybe it's the mission selection. Maybe it's the units. I don't know, it's something though, I never got into it like I did with PG or PacGen.

In addition, in general I found playing as anyone other than the British very difficult. The Soviets have a very hard time getting started because their equipment and experience are terrible at the beginning. Likewise the US doesn't have enough time to get up to snuff in experience before being tossed in the fire. The British on the other hand had "good enough" equipment and "just enough" experience to hold off the Germans in the first few missions, and thus get the units ready for the missions to follow.

The Bottom Line
Still a classic after all these years, I suggest getting the entire "Five Star" series.

Windows · by Maury Markowitz (266) · 2001

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Has anyone played this one from the past? Tom Young May 21, 2008

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German and French title

Allied General was released as Panzer General II in Germany and France. This was probably done because of advertising reasons, but this title doesn't fit well: the player is commanding Allied forces instead of German ones. The USA Panzer General II was released as Panzer General IIID (or Panzer General 3D) in Germany and as Opération Panzer in France.

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Game added by Rebound Boy.

PlayStation added by Kabushi. Macintosh added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, DreinIX, Lance Boyle, Barbarian_bros, Patrick Bregger.

Game added August 28, 2000. Last modified March 19, 2024.