Choplifter

  • Sega

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeShooter
  • SystemConsole

SOS SOS! Anyone who can hear this, please help us! We are being held hostage and need rescue!" "This is rescue chopper Hawk-Z, stand by, I am on my way!" 

Oh! And dont forget, this is a big helicopter, so try not to actual LAND on the hostages!
Ewan Robinson

A game that I can remember nearly as long as I can remember playing video games, I first encountered Choplifter as an arcade game in some east coast seaside town's acrades back in the heyday of summer holiday arcade fun.

Originally a game for the Apple II released in 1982, Choplifter was so popular Sega brought it to the arcades and then to their Master System console in 1985 in a near-perfect arcade conversion. An oft-forgotten gem of early videogames, Choplifter has much more depth than many of its better known contemporaries.

Simply fly your helicopter to the enemy prison, destroy the wall with a single shot, land, collect the hostages and return home. Simple? Not in the slightest! There are a number of prisons per level, each containing 16 hostages.

The helicopter can only carry 16 hostages, meaning you have to make numerous trips. Of course, after your first rescue, the enemy are alerted to your presence, and quickly scrample jets, tanks and anti-aircraft guns to hinder your progress. Oh! And dont forget, this is a big helicopter, so try not to actual LAND on the hostages! Its not good for their health! Rescue all the hostages on the stage and progress to the next level, simples.

Review by -  Ewan Robinson

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  • Sega

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeShooter
  • SystemConsole

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