Review by happiNES

Reviewed: 10/01/02 | Updated: 10/01/02

Skip this one and buy the sequel

SUMMARY: 1942 is a classic arcade shoot-em-up game, in which wave after wave of mindless enemy pilots hurl themselves at you. This is Capcom's answer to the shooter craze that started in the early 80's with games like Space Invaders and Galaga. The only difference between this game and those is that you are now shooting down human pilots in planes instead of aliens. The game is set during World War II, and features about 23 stages. There really is nothing flashy here: no passwords, no battery, no upgrades for your plane. If you are looking for a very traditional shoot-em-up, this is probably the game for you. If you are hoping to see something cool and original, you need to look elsewhere.

GRAPHICS and SOUND: Again, nothing fancy here. The planes look like vintage WWII fighters, and the backgrounds are unobtrusive. Some of the enemies are a bit small and move a little too slowly, but overall the graphics do not hinder the game play. The sounds consist of machine gun fire and a little repetitious music, nothing more.

PLAY CONTROL: The plane handles fairly well, but the game does succumb to the usual NES slowdown. The game can be very repetitive as well. The boards really just cycle through, and you may get bored after about the fifth level. Most players won't have the will or desire to actually complete the game.

REPLAYABILITY: It took me about an hour to go through the 23 boards, and it's a trip that I wouldn't make twice. The game just lacks originality. On each board you do the same thing over and over again, with no new objectives or targets. My advice is to head straight for the the sequel, 1943.

CHALLENGE: I bought the game, played it, and won it all within 2 hours. A turbo controller will certainly help keep your thumbs healthy so you can play better games, like 1943. The enemies follow set patterns that are not hard at all to guess and anticipate, so the challenge is very low. It is more the monotony of the game that you will notice, not the challenge.

OVERALL: 4 out of 10. There's nothing really ''wrong'' with the game, when you consider when it came out. As an arcade game, this game rocks, but on a home console, you'll get bored quickly. If you like shooters, give this one a chance. Otherwise, move right on to 1943.

Rating:   2.0 - Poor

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