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1941 Counter Attack - August 16, '00 by Personan
Game:1941 Counter AttackCompany:Capcom
Type:ShooterPlayers:1/2

1941 Counter Attack is the last and best incarnation of Capcomís brilliant World War 2 shoot emíup series which includes 1942 and 1943. Perhaps this series of games was never going to win any prizes for political correctness but as far as shoot em-ups go these games attracted a lot of attention in the arcades, probably because people preferred blasting planes to aliens.
1941 CA is a vertically scrolling shooter with the player piloting a dubiously well-equipped WW2 plane, battling wave after wave of enemy planes, boats and land defences. The game is split into a number of stages with each culminating in the obligatory end of level boss - a massively over the top incarnation of WW2 weaponry. To assist the player in despatching these awesome foes, power ups can be obtained providing increased firepower and smart missiles. This game stands out in an overcrowded genre mainly because of the excellent graphics and sound running on Capcom CPS-1 hardware, although the music is annoying. In addition 1941 CA implements some excellent gameplay twists including cloud cover, scenery which spins your plane and submersible water-based defences. The difficulty of the game is adjustable but the default setting is extremely playable and with a little practice youíll soon find yourself approaching the later levels of the game. Luckily the levels are different enough to provide a hook for replay, although after completing the game you might not want to play through it again.
Emulation in both MAME and Callus is excellent and glitch-free with the faster Callus being the first choice for owners of older PCís. For me, the only down side to playing these games through an emulator is that the screen size ratio of the original arcade game dictates that you play the game as a small vertical stripe on your monitor. Of course, this situation is improved if you rotate your monitor accordingly and itís not a fault of the emulation, but it does sometimes make you feel like youíre playing on a Gameboy! Overall though, I'd say that if you liked the original 1942 and 1943 then you will love playing 1941 Counter Attack.
Graphics
9
7
Sound
Play Control
8
8
Challenge
Replay Value
7
9
Performance

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