Free 80s Arcade: Play 1942 Online

1942 is one of my favorite arcade games from the 1980’s. I spent countless hours playing this game in the arcade while growing up in the 80s. I hope you enjoy playing this free version online. No tokens required to play this emulated version of 1942! Free 80s Arcade is a 100% free online arcade website. This game is mobile phone and Iphone compatible.

Instructions and Game History towards bottom of page.

Click ‘Enter’ Key to Start Game. Main keyboard buttons are X and Z.

Click Game Window Size Button to Zoom Game Size between default, 1.5X and 2X

Keyboard Controls
Gamepad Button Keyboard Button
Left Left Arrow
Right Right Arrow
Up Up Arrow
Down Down Arrow
Start Enter
Select Ctrl

Click on the game window and hit the ENTER key to start 1942 (you might have to hit start twice) . On a computer you can click the Zoom to expand the game to a larger size. On mobile phones and Iphone use the gameplay control buttons shown on your screen (only on mobile) to play and start the game. If you grew up in the 80's you shouldn't need additional gameplay instructions, but if you need help scroll down to read the Game Guide. Sorry, no sound on mobile devices in this NES emulator.

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Game History:
1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in 1984. It was the first game in the 19XX series, followed by 1943: The Battle of Midway. 1942 is set in the Pacific theater of World War II.

It’s 1942. As WWII reaches a climax in Europe, the battle in the Pacific rages
relentlessly on. A devastating sneak attack on Pearl Harbor has enabled the
enemy to gain a foothold that seems nearly insurmountable. After long and bloody battles— Bataan, Iwo Jima, Corregidor— the balance of power in the Pacific begins to shift. The enemy is on the run. The only obstacle to peace is the remaining enemy aircraft based in Tokyo.

GAME PLAY: You and top gun, Super Ace, must reach Tokyo and destroy the remaining aircraft before the retreating enemy can mobilize a counter-offensive. To accomplish your mission, you must battle the enemy over land, sea and in the air, through 32 realistic, death-defying scenes. You must take off and land on moving aircraft carriers. Do hair raising "loop the loops" in thrilling air-to-air combat. Intercept attacking Red Formations and blast 'em out of the sky! Do you and Super Ace have the right stuff? Or will this be a day that will live in infamy?

Video Game Emulation
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Disclaimer: These 1980s Classic Arcade Games and Classic Video Games are for entertainment purpose only. I did not write any of these games myself. These games are provided AS IS and with NO warranty. All Copyrights are upheld with their respective game owners.