Continue where the frozen front left off and take your act to the vast pacific ocean in 1942 Pacific Front.
Pick between the United States and the Empire of Japan and manage tactics in the battlefield.
Use a variety of weapons like submarines, tanks, naval destroyers, and the regular infantry to win.
Turn-based strategy games are great fun and mobile devices are arguably the perfect medium to play them, since PC and consoles are more suited for action-oriented ones. 1942 Pacific Front is one such entry, a World War 2-themed turn-based strategy game made by HandyGames, who is also known for making 1941 Frozen Front. From the cold tundras of Europe, you will take your act to the hot and humid beaches of the Pacific, fighting a war either for the Japanese Empire or the United States.
The first thing you will notice about 1942 Pacific Front is the clunky localization and translation. In a nutshell, though the sentences are understandable, there are a lot of misused punctuation marks and grammar problems. This is something that will bother you right from the start, considering that every sentence ends with an exclamation point and it’s hilarious.
With the clunky translations aside, 1942 Pacific Front appears to be a pretty basic and decent war strategy game. After all, it has all the elements, judging from the unit variety. For example, there are the usual tanks and support vehicles, armed infantry units, fighter planes and bombers, artillery and engineers, as well as naval units like submarines, battleships, and even aircraft carriers. Each unit has its own set of unique capabilities, like fighter planes (along with AA guns) being the only ones able to take out aerial units.
Unfortunately, its gameplay elements are embedded alongside a paywall: the game’s supply system. Whenever a unit engages in combat against an opposing unit, it sustains a certain amount of damage. To get it back into full-fighting form, you need to resupply and repair it with supply trucks. Another option is to do this task by using premium currency, and yes, it gets absurd up to the point that it’s impossible NOT to spend just to get some sort of progress.
Although the game describes itself as a strategy game, there’s a huge demand on your part to perform the impossible. The game has several campaign levels, each progressing exponentially in difficulty. Of course, you can breeze past these if you spend real money, but otherwise, it’s a bore. After several playthroughs, we can’t help but notice that enemies only entrench themselves in certain positions and wait for your units to move forward to go on the offensive.
It also doesn’t help that the game is lacking in the aesthetic and presentation aspects. There are no mini-battle animations and nor do units actually face each other on the map when they go up against each other. Furthermore, the game is littered with advertisements, with one large banner appearing on top of the screen. Whenever you change menus, you can almost be assured that there will be an unskippable video ad. There’s a paid version that gets rid of ads, enhancing the overall experience.
Overall, 1942 Pacific Front may be considered a turn-based strategy game. Unfortunately, it falls flat on its feet and fails to deliver an experience one might expect from a game of the genre. Nevertheless, opinions are a little subjective, so give it a shot and see if the game fits your cup of tea.