Sega Saturn cover art
|Release date(s)||1995 (arcade)
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, simultaneously|
|Display||Raster standard resolution, vertical|
Strikers 1945 (ストライカーズ1945?), also known as Striker 1945, is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released by Psikyo in 1995. In Japan, Strikers 1945 was ported to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn by Atlus in 1996. It was also later released as part of Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 1: Strikers 1945 I&II by Taito for the PlayStation 2 (also released in Europe under the name 1945 I&II: The Arcade Games by Play It). The game was followed by Strikers 1945 II in 1997 (released in North America as just Strikers 1945) and Strikers 1999 in 1999, as well as a remake of Strikers II titled Strikers 1945 Plus.
Each plane in Strikers 1945 has three attacks: A normal shot, a charged shot, and a bomb that clears the screen of minor enemies and bullets. Both the normal shot and the charged shot can be strengthened by grabbing power-ups and extra bombs can be collected. Gold bars, which are found by destroying certain buildings or enemies, can be collected for bonus points. After the defeat of the final boss, the player's time, number of gold bars, and number of enemies killed are added up for each level and, if high enough, marked with a silver or gold medal. In the Japanese arcade version, a hidden post-credits bonus can be unlocked if the player beat the entire game without losing a life, showing the six pilots (five female and one male) posing undressed.
In the game's story, in 1945 a secret military organization CANY emerged to conquer the world using mysterious superweapons never seen before. A team of American, British, German and Japanese pilots unites against this threat: Cindy Volton (Lockheed P-38 Lightning), Tina Prize (North American P-51 Mustang), Alice Herring (Supermarine Spitfire), Lean Beirer (Messerschmitt Bf-109), Ai Mikami (Mitsubishi A6M Zero), and Ayin from the Sengoku Ace series (Kyushu J7W Shinden).
Consoles + reviewer rated the imported Saturn version at 92%.
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