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|1942, 1943 and 1943 Kai on one disc, with vertical screen mode option ("tate").|
1942 here is much better than the old NES version that I played as a kid, but the sound still sucks. The enemy flight patterns, however, are amazing, how they swoop down and then curl around and back past you the other way--dunno if that's ever been surpassed really.
Not too keen on the "energy" system of the 1943s, where you have an energy meter rather than lives, and lose chunks of it as you get hit, and can also do a "crash" thing where you sacrifice a chunk of meter for summoning a massive tsunami that blows away everything onscreen. And of course you have a few evasive Roll maneuvers you can perform, as in 1942.
Kai seems hard as heck, though the weapons aren't particularly balanced and if you get that crescent spread shot one, you're livin' large. I don't really like having to shoot the powerups repeatedly to cycle to the right one (in the '43s).
Very solid games of course and perfectly ported here from the looks of it.