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1942 1942 - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

1942 - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Control a WWII-style plane over 32 vertically scrolling sea and landscapes. Shoot various types of enemy planes. Collect a variety of weapon power-ups.

1942 was produced by Capcom in 1984.

Capcom released 228 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Capcom was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Capcom during the time period 1942 was produced include: Pirate Ship HigeMaru, Vulgus, Son Son, HiGeMaru - Pirate Ship, and Exed Exes


Name 1942
Developer Capcom (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6766
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific 1942 Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

1942 Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - ShootLoop
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel 1942 Bezel Image
Control Panel 1942 Control Panel Image
PCB 1942 PCB Image

Game Play

Shoot the red formation of enemy planes to receive a "POW" and collect this for different power-ups double shot, wider shot, two side-planes, or a "smart bomb".

Using the roll button causes your plane to loop out of the 2-D action thereby avoiding all enemy shots. You have three rolls per level, but you are awarded a bonus for any that are unused. Hit percentage reports are given at the end of each level.

1942 KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.41 (17 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.51

Overall Like 3.88
Fun (Social) 2.94
Fun (Solo) 3.82
Collector Desire 2.82

Technical Rating: 3.31

Gameplay 3.88
Graphics 3.59
Originality 3.06
Sound/Music 2.59

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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1942 was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto. Okamoto designed two games while at Konami: Time Pilot and Gyruss. He later went to Capcom where he also designed 1943 The Battle Of Midway, Final Fight, and the Street Fighter series of games.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op 1942 Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 239 known instances of this machine owned by 1942 collectors who are active members. Of these, 24 of them are original dedicated machines. 46 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 168 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 6 active VAPS members with a 1942 machines for sale. There are 12 active VAPS members with a 1942 circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 7 active VAPS members currently looking for 1942.

This game ranks a 65 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



This game shares a common pinout with Vulgus. These games do not use the Capcom pinout, however.


  1. 1942
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  3. 1941: Counter Attack
  4. 19XX: The War Against Destiny
  5. 1944: The Loop Master


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