Strikers 1945 Logo (Psikyo 1995)
Release Date: 1995
Hardware: Modified Neo-Geo w/ Motorola 68000 CPU
Display: Color Raster Vertical

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Strikers 1945 screenshot
The American WWII fighter plane, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, was a mainstay in the Battle of Midway over the Pacific. Wait! What's this? A WWII plane flying into outer space and battling mechs?! What kind of game is this? Screenshot courtesy of Psikyo's official website (defunct).

This is very unusual. WWII planes flying over a space station, battling a hologram of a guy wearing a fedora and trenchcoat. Ooookay. What were the designers taking when they thought this up? Don't let the weirdness fool you. Strikers 1945 is a very entertaining game. Screenshot from Psikyo's official website (defunct).

For even more Strikers 1945 screenshots, plus a picture of the arcade marquee, visit Appolo's Strikers 1945 screenshots page!

In the summer of 1945, the Second World War was drawing to a close. The world regained its contigent peace; it was highly apparent that this peace will last. However, shortly thereafter, each nation's higher military department picked up on rumors about an enigmatic international organization "CANY" secretly taking over military forces, implementing them with futuristic weaponry, and planning to take over the entire world. Each restless nation quickly suggested to the secret Allied headquarters to secretly pick out distinguished fighter aircraft from around the world and call together pilots to form the special military force called Strikers in the fight against "CANY." The fire cover of the last worldwide great war, now concealed in the shadows of history cutting, is revealed once again. 
Strikers 1945. On the surface, this looks like an ordinary vertically scrolling shooter in the same vein as Capcom's 194x series. You play as one of six WWII fighter planes from different countries. The stages are based on various WWII battle locations all over the world. This game even has a stage where you fight against American fighter planes, which seems taboo to American players. At the end of each stage, you fight a boss, which include a huge Japanese battleship, a giant German zeppelin, and an Air Fortless (sic).

This is where the normalcy ends.

The WWII planes are each equipped with futuristic weapons, which include homing missiles, auto-aim vulcan cannons, and lasers. These weapons may seem like overkill against WWII military forces. However, wait until you reach the bosses! Bosses begin their first attack phase as standard military craft and sea vessels. During the second phase and above, the bosses either transform into huge futuristic mechs or eject them. This phase transition is  animated very smoothly. My personal favorite boss is the German zeppelin that releases a huge eagle mech. That mech then releases a final ship that attacks you.

The first four stages, which are shuffled randomly at the beginning of play, take place over ordinary WWII battle locations in different parts of the world. The 5th stage is a battle against a huge fortress. The 6th stage is a high speed level that takes you into and beyond the Earth's stratosphere into outer space. The final two levels take place in outer space. You fight against spacecraft and huge spaceships a la Viper Phase 1 in Stage 7. In the final stage, the 8th Stage, you encounter alien creatures, such as giant space crabs (no kidding). The final boss battle is against a morphing alien named C.A.N.Y. (if you know Japanese, then you can get the pun).

Each plane has a special attack, called a Formation, that is unleashed by holding the Fire button for a while, and then releasing. For some planes, with each power-up you collect, you gain small wingmen that performs the Formation attack. Additionally, each plane has its own unique bomb attack. They vary greatly in deploy times, coverage, and rate of damage. For information about these planes, plus links to actual historical information on each plane, go to the Planes Page.

Bonuses you can collect are gold bars. These gold bars vary from 200 to 2,000 points.

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