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The sequel to 1942, which is still a vertically scrolling shooter, has the player once again fighting over the clouds during the second world war, this time in an intense battle just off the coast of Midway islands.

Updates to the gameplay include an energy bar, which can be run down by either being hit from incoming fire or using a special weapon. The energy bar can be replenished by picking up power-ups, while special weapons (lightning, cyclones and waves) can knock down all fighters on the screen at the time.


1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum Loading screen
1943: The Battle of Midway Atari ST Title Screen
1943: The Battle of Midway Amiga In game 2
1943: The Battle of Midway ZX Spectrum These enemy planes though they are plentiful only require 1 shot to destroy them

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Alternate Titles

  • "1943 ミッドウェイ海戦" -- Japanese spelling
  • "1943: The Battle of Valhalla" -- Japanese NES title
  • "1943: Midway Kaisen" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Basic but addictive. NES RussS (781)

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers NES Apr 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Atari ST Jan, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 5.6 out of 10 56
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1988 55 out of 100 55
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Jul, 1993 46 out of 100 46
The One Atari ST Dec, 1988 45 out of 100 45
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 428 out of 1000 43
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 30 out of 100 30
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 19 out of 100 19


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of 1943 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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