Capcom has painted itself into a corner with its mobile releases. Thanks to some shoddy porting work on the Mega Man series recently, most gamers are wary of Capcom games on Android and iPhone. For good reason, too; those ports are quite bad. So bad, in fact, that we didn’t even review them here on Retro Gaming Magazine. When news came up that Capcom was working to redeem itself with more ports of classics and one of those being 1942, hope was renewed. Now, did Capcom screw up or did it hit the target with 1942 Mobile?
First, 1942 Mobile is decent. The frame rate is not jittery like we saw in the Mega Man releases. Things scroll smoothly–detrimental for an arcade shooter. At least Capcom got this right, so if that was your main concern with this port, go ahead and grab it.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, on with the review. 1942 Mobile features two modes and achievements to collect. Casual mode is for people like me, people that suck at arcade shooters and want something a little easier. Here the game automatically handles the loop de loop move to avoid enemy fire. You also get two wingmen power-ups whenever you do die. The cool thing here is that Capcom allows you to collect the achievements in Casual Mode rather than forcing you to play in Classic Mode.
Classic Mode is pretty much the arcade experience: two lives and then you are done. The game is not a pushover either, so if you are rusty, please make use of the Casual Mode to freshen up your skills.
1942 Mobile is not full screen; I would estimate it uses about three quarters of the screen real estate. I could not find a way to maximize it either.
The Google Play page mentions 1942 Mobile having In-app Purchases. I can’t find them if it does have them, so don’t worry about that notation. Yet, it could happen later but right now, IAP are not there.
The problem with 1942 Mobile is that maybe its time has passed. There are more graphical, challenging, user friendly, and fun arcade style shooters available on Android and iPhone. Sky Force Reloaded, Air Attack 2, and Mig2D are just a few overhead scrolling arcade shooters that are possibly better choices for that twitch fix (and they are free).
1942 Mobile by Capcom
Platform: Android (ZTE ZMAX 2 used for review) and iPhone
Genre: Arcade, overhead scrolling shooter
Rated: E for Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes
In App Purchases: Listed as having them but none seen
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store