1942

Bullet Hell

First released 1 December 1984

1942 was originally released for arcades in 1984. While the game was ported to several other platforms including the MSX and ZX Spectrum, the most popular version would belong on the NES in 1986 developed by Micronics.

1942 would go on to become Capcom's first franchise, releasing sequels, spin-offs, and even a prequel. 1942 has solidified itself in gaming history, released in several Capcom "greatest hits" collections including Capcom Generations, Capcom Classics Collection, and Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded.

Players pilot Super Ace, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, while shooting their way through the Pacific Theater. The primary objective in 1942 is to reach Tokyo in order to destroy Japan's remaining air force. The game featured an evade maneuver, allowing the plane to roll out of the way of incoming fire. There was also a two-player mode, but the series didn't start out with cooperative play. Instead, players would trade off and achieve their own designated scores.

While traversing the Pacific Theater, Super Ace would fly through eight locations split between thirty-two stages, four stages in each. All of the stages are set in true-to-life locations including Midway, Marshall, Attu, Rabaul, Levte, Saiban, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

Metacritic

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IGDB

67 52 users 80 1 critic

Releases

NES
Standard Edition
Japan
11 Dec 1985
Japan
Global
1 Nov 1986
Windows
Standard Edition
Global
26 Sep 2001
Xbox 360
Standard Edition
Global
30 Apr 2013
PlayStation 3
Standard Edition
Global
20 Feb 2013
Android
Mobile Edition
Global
8 Mar 2017
iOS
Mobile Edition
Global
8 Mar 2017
Windows Phone
Mobile Edition
Global
26 Dec 2001
Wii
Standard Edition
Global
21 Jan 2011
Amstrad CPC
Standard Edition
Europe
1 Jan 1986
Europe
ZX Spectrum
Standard Edition
Global
1 Jan 1986
Commodore 64
Standard Edition
Europe
1 Jan 1986
Europe
USA
1 Feb 1987
USA

Editions

1942 cover art
Standard
1942 Mobile Edition cover art
Mobile
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