Piloting a wide range of aircraft, players engage in aerial dogfights and dangerous fighter missions across the major theaters of war during WWII.
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Mostly Positive (317 reviews) - 71% of the 317 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 21, 2012

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Piloting a wide range of aircraft, players engage in aerial dogfights and dangerous fighter missions across the major theaters of war during WWII. Featuring realistic aircraft, DOGFIGHT 1942 introduces cutting-edge flight dynamics with unprecedented arcade accessibility. Fly over 40 historically accurate planes, ranging from the fabled P-38 Lightning and Britain's Spitfire, to the feared Messerschmitt 109 and Japanese Kate.

Key Features


AERIAL ARCADE AUTHENTICITY
  • Explosive arcade action alongside advanced physics and painstaking recreation of actual events and aircraft creates an experience that’s easily accessible but hard to master
  • All aircraft are based on authentic models and all combat missions are representative of actual WWII engagements
  • Fun, dynamic battles offer a wide variety of action and most importantly targets to destroy – any given battle will combine dogfighting, escort missions and ground assault
DOMINATE THE SKY WITH FRIEND IN 3 UNIQUE CO-OP SPLIT-SCREEN MODES.
  • Dogfight Mode - Fly against a friend in head-to-head aerial combat, to determine who is the top Ace.
  • Survival Mode - Fly with your wingman battling countless waves of enemies.
  • Campaign Co-op Mode - Fly with your wingman through various Co-op campaign missions fighting the Axis Alliance.

System Requirements

    • OS: Win XP SP3 / Win Vista / Win 7
    • Processor: Core2Duo 2.2GHz (E4500)
    • Memory: 1024MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2.95 GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 8600GT 256MB
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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Mostly Positive (317 reviews)
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Nik
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Goofy controls, total lack of real physics, uninteresting gameplay. Meh.
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Spizy Chicken
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I LOVE this game! A flight simulater it's NOT. But it's really fun and challenging.
The more I play the more addicting it becomes for some reason.

I use the Mouse and Keyboard for flying but you can use a controller too.
There are a few different control options to set the dificulty of flying the airplanes.
You fly in a sqaud, going after other enemy planes, subs, boats. You are ranked after each mission based on how well you did.

There are also other game options to play local co-op, single missions, etc.

I got this on Steam Summer sale for a couple bucks and it's worth every penny!
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Vanilla Nut Creme
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's an okay game, I guess. I don't really think it's worth 10 dollars, but right now it's 2.19 and that is definetly worth. If you are looking for a more realistic dogfighting game however, I'd try war thunder if I were you. It's free, after all. I'd give this game a 7.5/10, because the story gets repetetive and it's pretty short. Also, war thunder is a free multiplayer version.
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Enclear
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Dumpware. Doesn't even run in fullscreen and in windowed mode it is stuck between two of my monitors. Forces intro movie while freezing desktop. Had to use task manager shortcut to force it closed.

Dev/Publisher lists game on their website catalog but there's no support listing for it. It's an older game, sure, but reading the discussion threads shows it was broken and unsupported at release as well.

Dev & Publisher have been placed on my blacklist.
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Stu
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
A surprisingly fun arcade dog fighting game for such a low price.
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Dogmeatman
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Flight "sim" arcade game that is definitely more arcade than sim. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I've been after a decent flight sim game that doesn't have a massive manual or learning curve and this has delivered.
I've not had much of an issue with the mouse and keyboard controls. When I crash in to the side of a carrier I have put it down to my lack of skill rather than the controls themselves. The missions are quite varied including dog fights, bombing runs, carrier landings, covert missions, torpedo runs, landing behind enemy lines, and I'm only at the end of the first act.
This is real "jump in the cockpit and away you go" stuff. Low on realism but high on fun. Recommended unless you demand a high level of realism in your flight sim games.
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swiftriverred
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Yes it is an arcade flying game, but it is a lot of fun. Great graphics.
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adenan1808
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Cannot Control the plane using mouse. Its terrible. The plot is good, but with my computer, amd a8 kaveri. Cannot control it using mouse
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zazzmagicmaster
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
A bit more simple than "Heros of the Pacific" and "Secret Weapons Over Normandy", both of which I had to clear on the old PS2 without cheat codes, but it's still a good dogfight game . Actually I left the game for a while and managed to crash twice before taking off from the carrier in the Midway mission, and I had the controlls set on arcade mode, so I suppose that it's not overly simple that way, but the missions and objectives are more simple (get in there, hit the carriers with torpedoes and get out) . The local competitve and co-op play was a big selling plus for me . It has good war game effects - I would recommend turning your headphones down to about 30 percent when first jumping into the game for solo action - the engines and machine guns sound real good . Like other dog fight games, I wish I could swear back at that A.I. guy who's swearing at me on the A.I. radio, and hurt his precious little A.I. feelings - oh well .
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SteelWalker
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
Top Spiel!!! Action Pur!!! Läuft sogar in 21:9 mit 2560x1080 wenn man die cnf Datei selbst editiert.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2013
Dogfight 1942 is an arcade WW2 airplane shooter where you pilot various planes on all fronts, jumping from hotspot to hotspot, taking roles of different pilots. You're be jumping from Pearl Harbor to Battle of Britain, from infiltrating occupied France in a captured Bf-110 to torpedo bombing the Japanese flatops at Midway, and many more. The controls must be played with an Xbox360 controller or similar twin-analog controllers (or mouse/keyboard), as this uses mainly the RC plane control method. The AI handles stuff like landing gear and throttle, you just concentrate on turn and burn. Landing is often done for a little extra challenge, and occasionally you need to go after an enemy ace. On easy the planes are responsive and the plane even "regenerates" if you don't get hit for a while. There's even kill cams where the victim of your gun mastery breaks apart in a shower of flames. There are variety of activities, from bombings to rocket attacks, from gunnery to torpedo runs, and if you are desperate you can even call in your wingmen to assist. Graphics are quite good. This is not a sim, nor does it pretend to be, as often your kills will be in the 20's, 30's, even 40's in a single mission. It's a fun game, and it delievers the shallow fun for the turn-and-burn crowd.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
A rather simplistic approach on World War 2 aerial combat, letting you enjoy the fantasy of participating in some of the greatest battles of the war without reading 800 pages of manuals and learning about aerodynamics. It is mindless and somewhat dull if played for too long in a single session, but in short bursts manages to pull off being a fun little arcade-game that is all about nicely modeled aircraft blowing up in spectacular kill-cam-cutscenes and some beautiful looking combat areas (particularly when you rise above the clouds towards the sun).

There is no clutter in this, get in there, blow stuff up, return home - rinse and repeat. If you are expecting more, you need to look elsewhere - especially realism has been dropped to provide a more fun, arcade-ish experience - which I feel is the way this needs to be played as it reminds me of earlier Ace Combat-titles or Crimson Skies (while not being as good as both of these series). If you just want to blow some fascists out of the sky, this is the way to go - just don't expect a simulation like IL-2 Sturmovik and you will be fine.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
Little WW2 arcade sim... it runs quite smoothly, there's some mission variety to keep things from getting boring and it controls OK with a gamepad.
I played at the default difficulty level + Simulation mode; it is a bit on the easy side, but not without some mild challenge here and there, missions do not drag too long, and there is at least one checkpoint, usually more, in between, so you'll never have to repeat too much if you fail.

Completed the main campaign in about 3.5 hours, and i guess there is a couple more hours to play to complete both DLC.... all in all, not a bad title if you like this sort of gameplay and can get it cheap.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Dogfight 1942 is exactly what it sounds like, an Aerial combat game taking place after the events of Pearl Harbor during The Second World War. Instead of being a Flight Combat Simulator, Dogfight 1942 is more of a Flight Combat Arcade-type game. Playing with a traditional Keyboard and Mouse, I found the flying to be slightly unrealistic and to smooth to classify it as a simulator; However, it still has appeal as a fun aerial combat game. Similar to the Ace Combat series, You attack a varying range of adversaries both Aerial and ground-based, using a variety of different period aircraft you unlock through campaigning. The game can be played in Campaign mode, Through Single-player as well as Coop play with online friends. Graphically, I think it looks decent for the type of game it is. The scoring system, as well as earning 5 stars on each mission are what really give it an arcade feel. For a World War 2 type combat game, you could do worse. For an Aerial combat game, I've played much worse. Dogfight 1942 has some appeal, especially if you have friends whom you want to thrash with your own high score.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I bought this game soon after its release. It was 10% off I think, and it seemed great at first. The campaign got tiresome and was insanely difficult because of the dodgy controls. If you like arcade shooters, get it. If you want a WW2 air combat simulator, play war thunder. I like it for the arcady feel.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
I love WW2 games and I saw this one in a shop and it looked fun so I bought it. I played some hour with this game and its fun but the its not realy realisim like War Thunder and the Storyline is realy short too. You can only play as the Americans and Britanians in the Storymode. I like the Idea of a coop Battle you can play but you need a X-Box controler wich sucks. The DLC's are some fun but end realy quicky too, but in my opinion they are to expensive. I had fun playing this game.
6/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
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From a purely arcade standpoint, this is one heck of a lot of fun. Only 3 missions in so far, but this is the best flying fun I've had since the Aces series by Dynamix (Sierra). Take-off and landing are quite simplified in arcade mode, which is fine by me. I wanted an up-close dogfighting game with nice graphics for this decade and that's what I have got. All the more modern war-flight sims focus so much more on reading the radar screens and locking on targets to take down the enemy. This is up-close, personal, get 'em in your cross-hairs and take 'em down fun.
So far, 4 out of 5 stars

Finished Act 1, parts of Act 2 and some QuickPlay. rating goes higher - 4.5 outta 5 stars
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

A surprisingly fun little arcadey dog fighting game. As of writing this the price is £7 and while I'm not sure I'd pay that, I certainly would pay pretty much any sale price.

The game can be a little confusing at some points with regards to how to execute certain parts of a mission, but other than that the game runs really well and is a genuinely fun experience in a genre which is currently very sparse.

My only minor gripe with it is that it's rather short and the controls feel a bit floaty, but other than that it's an enjoyable game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Well it's no simulator. But if you don't want to spend a lot of time reading a hefty manual you're in for a treat. The missions offer a great diversity of tasks and you've the chance to fly a lot of different planes. The aircraft models and the overall graphics are decent enough and if you want to take some amazing screenshots wait for the killcam. The missions are short enough to complete in 15 to 20 minutes max - so if you're no hardcore simulation gamer just hop in your plane and have some casual fun.
I strongly recommend to buy the DLC as you get a lot more content.
The game is well optimized and runs smoothly on my system - (see my profile) - and it's worth the asking price although if you're patient you can pick it up on sale quite often.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Polecam tą gre fanom samolotów 2 wojny światowej i polecam też kupna DLC
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