1942

1942

1942

1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot ’em up made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in 1984. In 1942, you play as “Super Ace,” pilot of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. It is your mission to fly all the way from the United States to Japan, clear the way of enemy weapons so that the main fleet can get through, and ultimately destroy Tokyo. There are 32 levels in total, with very little variation in scenery beyond the blue expanses of the Pacific Ocean, making it feel rather long and visually repetitive. The goal is to shoot down as many enemies as possible, which you are graded on at the end of each level.

Every so often, a large group of red-colored Japanese plans will fly in formation and taunt you. If you can shoot down all of these planes, you receive extra points, and either a firepower upgrade or options. During the game the player may collect a series of power-ups, one of them allowing the plane to be escorted by two other smaller fighters in a Tip Tow formation that fly next to you and fire when you fire; effectively tripling your firepower. The down side is that they can be destroyed if an enemy shoots, or more likely, rams them. Besides shooting, the player can also perform a Roll or “loop-the-loop” to avoid enemy fire. There were few enemies: Kawasaki Ki-61, Mitsubishi A6M Zero and Kawasaki Ki-48. The Boss of the plane: Ayako is: Nakajima G8N.

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