1943 – The Battle Of Midway. Released in 1987 and the sequel to Capcom’s 1984 smash hit 1942. The current MAME top score is 3,533,100 held by Francois Daniel. On first impressions it’s business as usual. Back in the trusty P-38, you take off from your aircraft carrier (although this has just been fired upon and is now crabbing into the sea somewhat), shoot the green planes for points, red ones for power ups and don’t get killed. Simple.
This time round there’s no single shot and you die shenanigans. No way. This time you get a lovely power gauge / fuel tank which is nice as it gives you some leeway in terms of getting shot at but it’s also another bloody thing to worry about. This issue is compounded when the power ups arrive. Collect the POW left by the red planes and it replenishes your power gauge. However, shoot the POW and it will alternate between a POW and a different weapon. So it becomes judgement call time. Power up and shit weapon or superior firepower and risk getting though it?