The game is the sequel to the arcade smash, titled 1942, and has you once again fighting over the clouds during the Second World War. The game is set in the pacific theater of World War II, off the coast of the Midway Islands. The goal is to attack the Japanese Air Fleet that bombed the players' American Aircraft Carrier, pursue all Japanese Air and Sea forces, fly through the 16 levels of play, make their way to the Japanese battleship Yamato and destroy it.
Gameplay is a typical bird-eye bottom-up shoot-em-up. Shoot anything that moves (well, airplanes) and avoid being hit by enemy bullets (mounted ship-cannon too). Same story, same action as its predecessor. It is difficult to progress though as it is hard to avoid enemy bullets and (once again) due to its loose controls.
The CPC port offers great graphics using a better color palette and more detail when compared to its counterparts C64 and ZX. Just have a look how the sea-waves are smartly drawn, the shadows of the airplanes when flying low etc! But the sprite and screen animation does suffer here (compared the other two 8bit ports) which makes the gameplay sluggish. These kind of games should run smooth at any cost, and the CPC conversion does not offer that!
As far as the sound, the game features a nice tune during playing and a few typical sound effects. Note that, the Commodore port, due to its excellent SID sound chip, has far better sound here.