Bank, hover, touch-down & sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make your rescue & complete your mission.
User reviews: Very Positive (93 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 11, 2012
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In Choplifter HD, players take on the role of an up-and-coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team. Pilots will be trained to command a variety of helicopters deployed on 30 different missions. Pilots must bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescue and complete their mission.

Key Features:

  • Choplifter HD dares players to risk their lives in order to save others!
  • Players pilot many different helicopter types inspired by current military models
  • Varied and dangerous terrain including urban areas, jungle outposts, arctic bases, and desert compounds with missions taking place at all hours of the day and night.
  • Command a variety of helicopters deployed on more than 30 different missions ranging from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks
  • Maneuver, fire, and extract under perilous conditions in order to carry out rescues
  • Original Choplifter franchise creator Dan Gorlin serving as design consultant

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2GB Free HD Space
    • Video Card: Graphics Card with Shader Model 3 support, 256 MB video memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectSound-compatible sound device
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
175.5 hrs on record
I want to hate this game but I can't stop playing!!
Posted: September 9
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I played the original back in the Eighties, and this iteration is thoroughly mediocre. Dodgy controls, dull play, and poor presentation. This is clearly something InXile shoveled out to keep the lights on.
Posted: May 24
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Sorry but I have to say that I expected even the old graphs but colored... OF THE SAME OLD GAME! Its not the same I played in an Apple II some decades ago, believe me, its working yet.

I love modern games, dont get me wrong, I have all the new modern and old games, but this, that I must say is a so so game close to the old one, is not the same exitement.
Posted: August 27
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Choplifter HD is only recommendable to people who don't mind a severe "old school" challenge. Everyone else will probably find the game too frustrating, even on the lower difficultly levels.

Like the 1980s original, Choplifter HD puts you in control of a helicopter and tasks you with rescuing people and bringing them back to safety. Enemies dot the levels and they'll take shots at you; if your helicopter takes too many hits you'll blow up. Likewise, if you run out of fuel, you'll crash. Choplifter HD becomes a game of risk management; do you have enough fuel to make it to the next person who needs to be rescued, or should you turn back to refuel and repair first? The clock is ticking...

All of this is fine, and is keeping in the spirit of the original game. Where Choplifter HD veers off-course is in the difficulty: this game is tough as nails. The first two or three levels are easy enough, but the difficulty spikes severely from that point on. Levels are jam-packed with enemies that can take your health down in a flash and many of them re-spawn after a short time, meaning you have to deal with them over and over. Enemies with RPGs and EMP rifles that stand on rooftops are very hard to spot, and later on you'll have to avoid missiles fired from jets as well as incoming mortar fire. There are even tanks and AA cannons that can take you out in a couple of hits. It's almost impossible to avoid taking damage in Choplifter HD, so get used to restarting some levels multiple times before you finally conquer them.

If the campaign becomes too much to take, Choplifter HD also has a zombie mode: here, you fly back and forth across a besieged city, shooting zombies and rescuing people. It's fun for a while.

One other thing worth mentioning: the awful voice-acting. Throughout Choplifter HD, you'll be treated to poorly-written and voiced jokes and one-liners from your chopper's crew. None of the jokes are funny, and they're repeated over and over. Some of the dialog is surprisingly tasteless too. Turn your speakers off.

If you're one of those people who think that modern games have become too "casual", then Choplifter HD is for you.
Posted: November 27, 2013
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Having played the original in the late 80's as a kid in amusement arcades, it was hard to resist purchasing this very addictive game. It's worth purchasing the Night Avenger dlc helicopter as some missions are quite difficult to get a perfect 5 stars. The more stars you acquire the better helicopter upgrade you receive, you have to use non dlc helicopters to complete a mission before being able to use any powerful dlc helicopters you may have purchased.

Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! dlc level pack is worth buying also but not necessary to complete the game.

You can easily play this game off onboard Intel HD Graphics 3000 very well, the graphics are superb.

Bought in the Christmas 2013 steam sale with 75% off.
Posted: January 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
I usted to play this back on the Arcade games, with coins! I was really happy to see it come back, kinda lacking depth but lots of fun and decent graphics.
Posted: January 4
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Too much hardcore :(
I dont wanna restart any level 50 times (its not a joke -_-) when I picked normal difficulty. Its just so nervously :(
But its a good game...
Posted: November 2, 2013
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
GET TO DA CHOPPA!!!
Posted: April 19, 2012
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Good arcadey side scrolling shooter fun, plus its in HD, So what more could you want.
All in all the game runs smoothly and fluidly, i would recommend this to friends and family also.
Makes for an extra addition to your arcadey games library.
Overall i will give the game a 4/5 review score
Cheers
mark117h
Posted: January 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Choplifter HD is the return of the classic video game that many of us used to play on Apple, Atari or our gameboy (+ more). Its return should hold a special place in every gamers' heart as its modern rendition still gives us hours of fun and humor. Choplifter HD should not be passed up by any casual gamer and is great for Steam achievers.
Posted: March 3, 2012
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
I really wanted to love this game, and as I was a huge fan of the old Choplifter I bought it. The graphics are great but the learning curve is just too steep. Enough folks complained that the makers "dumbed it down enough that a 12 year old girl" could play it, to quote them. I still can't get past level three, and in frustration, after buying downloaded DLC helicopters to just see and enjoy this game, I threw my hands up in disgust. I bought it, I wanted to experience it, but this is another instance when the creators don't understand their audience. When selecting easy doesn't make a game easy, there is no sense in it. I am not trying to master some great adventure quest, I am trying to blow off some steam and relax. This game is beautiful, and captures the essence of the original very well, but is too hard for all but the serious gamer, and you will wind up frustrated and give up, just as I did. SKip this game in my opinion.
Posted: December 4, 2013
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Great platformer about zombies! 8/10
Posted: August 11, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Pretty fun arcade helicopter game.
Posted: January 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
I liked this game, long time ago one of my favorite game on the NES was Choplifter, this one honor it's name so keep a look at this one, the difficult, replayability, gameplay and everything else it's really good, and it has a free zombies DLC!!!, it adds more missions after the main game, just be carefull with the others DLCs, there're just extra choppers but you can finish the game once and then use the Raptor chopter on most levels without any problem, this is a good game and brings me good memories about it, by the way... i hate that Scoop Sanderson
Posted: October 11, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
This is Choplifter!! This is how a remake should be, hell, this is how every remake should be. If you know the original game, then insta-buy this. If you don't and are interested in it, then grab it. Great old-school arcade fun :)
Posted: July 27, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Very much a game for the Choplifter enthusiast, this game is what a "sequel to a classic" should be. It reproduces the tone, gameplay, and atmosphere of the original arcade classic in a very meaningful way, without introducing obscure "new" mechanics that detract from the theme or feel of the original. Mind you, the original was controller-breakingly difficult, and Choplifter HD is no different: the gameplay is simple yet exceptionally challenging. Since the graphics are simple and the gameplay is "old fashioned" , I can't recommend this to newer gamers; however if you are a retro junky or a fan of the original, then Choplifter HD is a Must Buy.
Posted: July 17, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
This game isn't one that you just push along through the levels and are finished with the game the next day. This game is trully fun to play, will keep you entertained thouroughly, and won't frustrate you when you fail. You unlock better choppers and replay levels until you're satisfied. The graphics are surprisingly advanced and the side-scrolling gameplay proves to be very addictive. Overall this game is complete in it's superb gameplay and eye-catching graphics.
Posted: February 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
As much fun now as all those years ago with the original. A remake done superbly right.
Posted: February 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Choplifter HD is a spiritual successor of the original Choplift on Apple II. The mechanics are simiar, but updated. The chopper is in 2D space: it can go left, right, up and down. It can turn left, right, or face the player (out), and this is important as enemies do come from 3 directions (left, right, and out). And you can't hit the enemy if you're facing the wrong way. The game is presented in 3D with parallax and real scrolling to give the impression of 3D but the actual movesments are 2D.

Different helicopters have different handling, such as firepower, speed, carrying capacity, fuel capacity, and so on. Armed helis have missiles and/or chain gun, and all helis need to rescue people (civilians or soldiers or even the occasional news crew). As you play you will unlock better helos by achieving "stars" on the missions.

Enemies have AAA gun sites, soldiers with AK, soldiers with RPG, SAM sites, technical (gun trucks), APCs, tanks, enemy heli, enemy jets, and just general terrain obstructions.

Your objective is basically to rescue as many people that needs to be rescued as possible by flying there, kill enemies in your way, land next to the people (not ON them!) so they get on, then fly back to your base, drop them off, and repeat until either time runs out, or you rescued them all and/or other missions. It can get frantic, when you have enemies on all sides, missile lock on you, and so on.

In many ways this is a twin joystick shooter, as the left stick controls the chopper while the right stick controls the aim (laser sight pointing the chain gun).

Fuel is limited, and any use of "turbo" (speed boost) eats up fuel like crazy. And your helo won't fly without fuel. Rockets are limited in qty and reloaded only at base. Chaingun is infinite but there's a heat limit to prevent it from firing too much. Carrying capacity is limited and the larger choppers don't fly as fast or move as nimbly as the smaller ones. On the other hand, they can often do everything in one trip rather than taking multiple trips.

There are various "campaigns" containing various missions, and each mission usually has a bonus objective as well as news crew to rescue (2 extra people!)

DLC packs adds extra helos to play with (some are very powerful) and more missions.

All in all, it's a fun little game, worth successor to the name.
Posted: May 2, 2013
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
The game is fun for those who like casual game.
Posted: March 20
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