Bank, hover, touch-down & sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make your rescue & complete your mission.
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Very Positive (157 reviews) - 86% of the 157 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 11, 2012

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About This Game

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
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
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.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
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.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
"fly by wire" game, up and down keys, turn to sides additional buttons :P
graphics very nice 3D view on 2D gameplay ^^
Night Avenger dlc most useful, playing regular helicopters first, after complete a mission the dlc helicopters unlock.
the "fly" crew (pilot + navigator) jokes nice to hear but became annoying when trying complete a mission for 5 stars and hearing over and over :)

cool to buy cheap, 12h all awesome Achievements done.
Tip: do everything you can to stay alive (keep flying). go back to repair and refill fuel is better from keep fight and die trying over and over mates.
- after mission completed the dlc open to beat the mission for 5 stars.
Good luck Pilots, go there and save our guys :-)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
You can shoot zombies using a helicopter! If that isnt enough to buy then I dont know what is...
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
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.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2012
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2012
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 :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2012
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.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2013
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.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
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
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10.2 hrs
Posted: July 29
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Reel Runner
2.6 hrs
Posted: June 30
A nice time killer and fun dynamic game to play on free time.
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15.7 hrs
Posted: May 14
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Deus Romeo Black
65.7 hrs
Posted: March 19
Play this IF you LOVE Old School 2-D side scrolling shooters OR if you played almost ANY version of Choplifter and enjoyed it. This game is for you. It is rather short and can be mastered fairly quickly, although the difficulty option can extend that.

This is very much like the old school Choplifter with a new coat of paint and FX visuals. But this is a great game because of those features. The price is just about right with the extra DLC being a worthwhile investment and help extend play time trying out all the chopper types.

The sounds are great, with a ton of funny banter between the pilots. The zombie missions are actually fun and you will find yourself backtracking so watch out for spawning enemies. Overall I really loved this game. I've enjoyed all of the STRIKE series (Sega genesis, Sega Saturn, PS1) and this makes a welcome addition if you enjopyed playing those games or older variations of Choplifter. This is a sound gaming investment for me as even 4 years later I still find time to fire it up occasionally to play.
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|LNG| Rocket Morton
6.2 hrs
Posted: February 18
was alot more fun then i expected
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0.9 hrs
Posted: December 2, 2015
To start, I bought this at Office Max for $4, thinking it was a joke. When I installed it, I discovered a really fun, really challenging game! It is a remake of the classic game Choplifter, using the Unreal engine. It has lots of Helecopters to unlock, and is all-around fun and comical. The graphics are actually pretty good, and it has that classic pc game challenge. Great game!
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31.9 hrs
Posted: November 12, 2015
This is a fun game but the only complaint I have are jets.... The jets will make you stop playing the game because you have a limited reaction time to them. Otherwise this is a fun game that reminds me of some of the older games.

EDIT: one other complaint I have is the Zombie dlc, I cannot tell you how fustrating it is to play through an entire mission only to get to the end of the mission and to have it crash. It doesn't happen all of the time so I was able to get through the campaign but it happened a lot and man was it annoying.
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Andy T
9.2 hrs
Posted: November 3, 2015
This is fantastic fun, very absorbing indeed. A bit tricky on some missions but that just keeps you wanting to have another bash. I can play missions over and over without getting board too.
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