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1948 is similar in format to titles in Capcom's series of World War II naval aviation vertical scrolling shooters such as 1942 and 1943: The Battle of Midway. This game, however, is for one person only and features control of a single prop fighter plane.
The plane flies over both water and land as the screen scrolls vertically. While flying over water, you are safe from natural threats but must deal with various enemy units. Enemy planes fly staggered patterns while shooting, and you must either avoid running into them or blow them out of the sky using an unlimited supply of ammunition. Enemies can appear from both sides of the screen.
In some cases, you must fire multiple shots at certain enemy units in order to kill them. But, if you collide with an enemy unit or get hit by enemy fire, your plane is destroyed and you lose a life; however, you continue from the same spot with a fresh plane for as long as you have reserves.
While flying over land, geographical formations as well as enemy aircraft pose a threat to your plane. These formations are indicated by slightly deeper shadows to show they're actually protruding above the surface. If you fly your plane over them, you crash. Ground areas containing obstacles are depicted by different colors, an aspect that helps you determine safe passage routes.
You begin the game with seven lives (planes), although the number is not shown anywhere on the screen. When all planes are destroyed via collisions or by enemy fire, the game ends. ~ Kyle Knight, All Game Guide