Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 1942: Joint Strike is a great pickup for any fan of the 1940 series or any fan of shooters in general.
  2. 83
    Joint Strike is a great way to kill a short period of time...just like an arcade game should be.
  3. A game that's just as enjoyable as any other in the series but with a wow factor that far exceeds the vast majority of them. [July 2008, p.123]
  4. Suffice it to say, 1942: Joint Strike is a fun diversion for those who aren't accustomed to the ins and outs of vertical shoot-em-ups and a great throwback for those who are. What it lacks in techno music, vector graphics, or shtick, it more than makes up for with a solid experience that can be enjoyed singly or cooperatively.
  5. 80
    The game's appearance combined with solid controls and generally tight feeling of the game make it more than an old remake, and evidence the success of a less direct tribute.
  6. Full of retro goodness, Joint Strike is a flashback to the sore thumb days of old.
  7. 74
    Undeniably accessible. [Issue#170, p.90]
  8. 1942: Joint Strike is a solid, but short update to the 1942 series. The inclusion of online co-operative play is a nice addition that works well.
  9. The core gameplay - established by the first game - is still here and shines. Joint Strike's short length is bolstered by its difficulty, but it's hard to see gamers coming back for repeated solo player; co-op is the most impressive feature of this update.
  10. If it weren't for the highly enjoyable multiplayer, we would have to rate this with a "Skip It." But it really isn't all that bad. Check out the demo of the game beforehand.
  11. Sure, it's not the deepest of shooters, but for $10, you could do a lot worse than 1942.
  12. 70
    1942: Joint Strike is the kind of game that will have you very excited for about an hour. It looks great, it's accessible, and it's fun. But come back on day two or day three and you'll probably be eyeing other games on your hard drive to play.
  13. If you’re one of those gamers who has a blast playing co-op, then Joint Strike is probably for you. If you're hoping to head through Joint Strike solo, however, you'll undoubtedly be disappointed.
  14. 60
    No continues or saves, no level selection, weapons aren't balanced.
  15. A good, solid scrolling shooter. It's tough, but not so tough that it will only appeal to genre crazies who can only feel emotion when it's filtered through a bullet hell pattern.
  16. 60
    Shoot'em up purists won't be deterred by these issues as "Joint Strike" does have something to offer, especially when playing with a partner. But for most gamers, who after buying the game have already put their 40 quarters on the arcade cabinet glass, some continues should have been included.
  17. As a title that doesn't stand out in any particular category other than nostalgia, 1942 still holds up well as the shooter it is.
  18. It's nothing you haven't seen before, though, and, placed next to the stylish brilliance of "Everyday Shooter," this ultimately lacks the character or variety to make its challenge worth enduring. [Aug 2008, p.81]
  19. It is this shortness of experience and relatively shallow gameplay that makes it difficult to see why it is worth the £6.99 asking price, comparing it to many of the other titles available on the PlayStation Network.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 25, 2011
    This game is a must for all fans of classic top-down shooters, and fans of the series. If you like shooters, then you'd be a fool not to grab this one up at the $10 asking price. Full Review »
  2. MarkBennett
    Oct 15, 2008
    Looks ok, plays ok but its too short for the price tag. Can't understand that for such a short game it does not loop back to the start but at a harder level. Basically the game ends when you get through the last level which only takes about 25-30 mins. Full Review »
  3. ToddK
    Sep 2, 2008
    If you were a fan of the 80s original arcade game, you will love this new upgrade. It is super fun in short bursts trying to get new high scores. And for only $10 bucks you can't go wrong. Full Review »