1942 was an arcade classic and an instant favourite on early consoles, including the NES. Gamers find themselves piloting an Allied fighter in the Pacific battles of World War II. The gameplay is simple enough, but addictive - basically, you must shoot down as many Japanese fighters as possible without getting blown to pieces yourself. To help you on your mission, there are many hidden power-ups, usually found when you have shot down an enemy squadron that comes towards you in a line formation. At the end of every stage there is a huge boss to contend with - this is where the power-ups are important, with each type being suitable for certain bosses.
The graphics are 8-Bit, but that does not distract from the gameplay which is very enjoyable indeed. The sound is a little annoying and is most definitely the worst aspect of 1942.