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If you think this is your kind of game, it's probably worth a purchase. Remember Solar Striker from 1989? If you liked that, you'll love this. It's a great little game that could have been made better by updated graphics and more variety and levels. Definitely give it a second look.
This classic arcade pocket job is mindless, twitchy, vert-scroller fun, and its tagline should be: "Because sometimes, you just can't cope with Metal Gear Solid."
All Game Guide
1942 is an excellent port of a solid, semi-classic Arcade game. It plays well on the small Game Boy Color screen and it's a nice change of pace from the more complicated games on the market. You can simply plug the game in, unplug your brain, and give your thumbs the attention they apparently require.
Game Informer Magazine
To make matters worse, the graphics are less detailed than the 16-year-old arcade game, the music is unbearable, and some of the power-up effects are missing. Lazy work at best.
For a Game Boy Color effort, Digital Eclipse provided a decent conversion of the NES game to the portable ¿ but it would have been nice to have more payoff for going through the entire game in two short hours. The replay factor completely flies out the window because of the unlimited continues, passwords every four levels, and the overall easy difficulty level. Only pick this game up if you're a 1942 fan ¿ but even if you are you'll probably toss this game deep in your Game Boy Color collection in a few minutes of play.
This is simply an age-old vertical scroller in your pocket. Action-packed, to be sure. Faithful, yes. Good-looking, you bet. Deep, hell no. This is the kind of game meant to be played with two thumbs, if you have them, and a small section of brain-stem.
Even though the gameplay is solid, the bland visuals and lackluster sound make 1942 a tough pill to swallow.