User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Commodore 64 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (20 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Fazit: Mit „1942“ hat ELITE wieder einmal einen Hit auf der Pfanne, der sich auch „in diesem unseren Lande“ gut verkaufen dürfte! Mir hat‘s jedenfalls gefallen. Ob die Japaner es auch mögen....?
Commodore User (Nov, 1986)
The graphics are fine, no glitches, plenty of colour and most important of all in this game, the screen scrolls very smoothly. The sound is Elite's best attempt yet. The game music is a furious rendition of '633 Squadron' complete with buzzing effects all of which adds to the hectic atmosphere of the game, and blow me if you don't find yourself humming it all day! An unreserved screen star.
The game is a blast, and if you don't buy it then you don't deserve a 64. It's that simple.
Zzap! (Aug, 1989)
Sprites are well above average for a two pound product and, whilst background graphics aren't spectacular, the baddy packed, atmospheric gameplay soon tears up any thoughts of lack of overall presentation. Sonic accompaniment is admirable, with a couple of pleasantly rousing jingles, although spot effects do seem to fade into insignificance. 1942 is a re-release which does Elite's cheapie label proud. A classic budget game, crammed with the sort of mindless playability which gives you the feeling that you've wisely spent that last two quid for a change!
Commodore Force (Mar, 1993)
Fly a plane over war-torn areas collecting power ups and shooting incoming kamikaze pilots. An oldie for sure, but still worth a few bob.
Because it doesn't have much in the way of gameplay frills and thrills to impress you, the Commodore 64 version of 1942 can arguably be called a classic style shooter that delivers the kind of solid shooter gameplay fans of the genre will find well polished.
Commodore Force (Jul, 1993)
Old it may be, but 1942 is still a prime example of the classic shoot-em-up. There's none of your flashy (but useless) power-ups here; just endless, frenetic blasting.
Commodore User (Jun, 1989)
It's still a challenge but don't expect much more than lot's of planes appearing in various sizes and formation. A blast from the past for devotees of this style of game only.
Happy Computer (Jan, 1987)
1942 hat durchaus einen gewissen Spielreiz. Obwohl das Programm auf den ersten Blick recht schlimm aussieht, kann es eine Weile am Joystick fesseln. Auf der anderen Seite gibt es wesentlich bessere Schießspiele wie zum Beispiel "Uridium". Als Billigspiel wäre 1942 ein Volltreffer, aber für 40 Mark darf man doch etwas mehr Originalität erwarten.
Zzap! (Jan, 1987)
It appears quite fun to begin with, the first few waves are quite enjoyable. But then - well, it suddenly loses its appeal in one quick flash. There's very little here to hold your attention - mediocre graphics and uninspiring game play. The sound is reasonable but it won't be long before that begins to annoy - just like the game.
Retro Game Reviews (Jul 30, 2014)
If you're looking for a version of 1942 that's more forgiving try the NES version - the C64 port just isn't as finely-tuned as it should be.