1941: Counter Attack

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1941: Counter Attack
1941 flyer.png
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Designer(s) Yoshiki Okamoto
Composer(s) Hiromitsu Takaoka
Series 1942 (video game)
Platform(s) CP System (Arcade)
February 1990

August 23, 1991
Release February 1990
Genre(s) Vertical scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player, 2 player Co-op
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system CPS-1
CPU Motorola 68000 @ 10 MHz
Sound Zilog Z80 @ 3.579545 MHz, Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.579545 MHz, OKI6295 @ 7.576 kHz
Display Vertically oriented, 224 × 384, 4096 palette colors, 60 Hz refresh rate

1941: Counter Attack is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game by Capcom, released in February 1990. It was the second sequel to 1942, and the third game in the 19XX series. Later it was released on Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for the PSP and Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It was followed to 19XX: The War Against Destiny in 1996.


The goal is to shoot down enemy airplanes and collect weapon power-ups (POW). The game uses a vitality system instead of life system in which if the player is hit, it loses one point of vitality and the player is destroyed if hit with 0 vitality then the player is given the option to continue. Lightning attacks can be used by pressing the B button which sacrifices a portion of life energy. One is only able to perform three loops per level and a bonus is awarded at the end of the level for unused loops. Player 1 uses a P-38 Lightning and Player 2 uses a new plane: Mosquito Mk IV. The game shifts from the original Pacific Front setting with that of the Western Front, in the north Atlantic Ocean.

It was the first shoot 'em up to add +1 to the score when a continue is used.[1]

Arcade screenshot


1941: Counter Attack was ported to the SuperGrafx in 1991 and to GameTap. It was also released as part of the Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox and Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed for the PlayStation Portable in 2006.


  1. ^ "1941 - Counter Attack (World)". Retrieved 2007-11-22. 

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