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Will it be victory? Or defeat? It's in your skillful hands!!!

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Action | War

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December 1984 (Japan)  »

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Supercharger 1942  »

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A classic game
19 September 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

1942 was one of my all time favourite arcade games when I was a kid. Although 1943 was better, 1942 was still top notch.

It was a 'shoot-em-up' in style. You viewed your little plane (It must have been something like a WW2 'mosquito' by the shape of its tail) looking down at it, you enemies arriving from above or the sides.

You started off on an aircraft carrier, presumably you are an American during the battle of midway.

From here you took off and quickly you are shooting down wave after wave of fighters and kamikaze planes and collecting power ups.

As with other games of this type there is an end of level boss, which could be a massive air craft carrier, bristling with gun emplacements, or a huge flying fortress type plane, which you had to blast the wings off.

What I loved about this game was the frantic pace that it had, and the ducking and weaving you had to do to avoid all the baddies and bullets.

I got very good at it, and still like to fire it up on MAME32 sometimes.

It is still good fun even today!


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