1943 is the second game in the 194X series, following the successful 1942.
The game is set in the Pacific theater of World War II, off the coast of the Midway Atoll. The goal is to attack the Japanese Air Fleet that bombed the players' American aircraft carrier, pursue all Japanese Air and Sea forces, fly through the 16 levels of play, make their way to the Japanese battleship Yamato and destroy her. 11 of the levels consist of an Air-to-Sea battle (with a huge battleship or an aircraft carrier as an End-Level Boss), while the other 5 levels consist of an all-aerial battle against a squadron of Japanese bomber planes and a larger bomber that needs to be destroyed.
As in 1942, players pilot a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Two buttons are used: one for standard fire (with several weapons) and one for special actions that executes either a loop, like in 1942, or one of three special attacks that damage the plane, as well as all on-screen enemies. Unlike 1942, the player only has one life, with one refillable energy meter. Destroying a complete formation of red enemy planes will result in a power-up, such as a health boost or a temporary special weapon which replaces the default guns.
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