HELI HEROES updates the old-school "shoot'em up" arcade machine games to new dimensions on today's PCs. You command an AH-64 Apache Longbow or a Russian Hokum helicopter. The goal is to fly through various levels and carry out the mission objectives.
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Mostly Negative (113 reviews) - 33% of the 113 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2002

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“Whatever the case, Heli Heroes, with its old concept and new make-up, presents an interesting pass-time, not only for the old side-scroller-shoot-em-up game fans.”
80 – Actiontrip

“Heli Heroes is the perfect shot of adrenaline in between - during the break, at work, at home, alone or with a friend on one PC.”
80 – 4Players

“Heli Heroes is the ideal game to relax. The great graphics and the easy control make this game a real hit, which you can enjoy alone or together with your friend.”
89.5 – PC Playersclub

About This Game

HELI HEROES updates the old-school "shoot'em up" arcade machine games to new dimensions on today's PCs. You command an AH-64 Apache Longbow or a Russian Hokum helicopter. The goal is to fly through various levels and carry out the mission objectives. During the missions you will find different types of weapons and additional offensive and defensive systems. The game's look and feel is made up of a 3D landscape that you fly your helicopter over, through and into. The mix of reality and Sci-Fi missions vary from destroying Iraqi oilfields up to fighting against the "Big Boss" enemies in Alaska.

STORY

It all started, not with a bang, but with a whimper…

Revolution Now, the most formidable terrorist group in existence, is on the brink of creating a new world order. Your challenge, if you are crazy enough to accept, is to defeat them at all costs.

Commanding an AH-64 Apache Longbow or a Russian Hokum helicopter - your goal is to fly through various levels and carry out the mission objectives. During your adventures in HELI HEROES you will find different types of weapons, bonus objects and additional offensive and defensive systems. The very survival of the world depends on you: it is time to take the challenge, and put an end to global terrorism - an end to Revolution Now.

FEATURES:

  • Fast and fun to play - packed with intense action and breathtaking explosions and particle effects
  • 30 day and night missions with varying weather conditions
  • Easy to understand missions with clear-cut goals
  • Units and weapons from the real world with a wide variety of ammunition types
  • Defense systems: decoys, additional armor and stealth
  • Fuel and ammunitions limits to test flying strategies
  • Intuitive control: No need to learn complex menus, keys or unit lists
  • Support for nearly all pads and joysticks
  • Single Player and Companion Mode for 2-player simultaneous games
  • Resolutions from 640x480 up to 2048x1800 in 32 bit color depth
  • Internet competition and campaign mode
  • EyeSave Mode™ Technolgy
  • Musical Score and Sound FX in Dolby Digital 5.1

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Single Core CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with TnL support and 32 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Single Core CPU 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with TnL support and 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse
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meisterLux
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 19
Boring game.
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TheWolfyBloodAT
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
PLEASE give my money back. I think it is realistic
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Papa Salami | kickback.com
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
The worst game that i have ever played
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$Tevo
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
i cant tell you if its good or not its not even working
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crazyeyes98
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Product received for free
Nice meme!
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RMxRBN
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
How to waste Money (2k16 Edition)

- Go on {LINK REMOVED}
- Buy 10 random keys
- Get the Key version of this bad game
- Install the 400mb of this game
- Open that Game
- write the activation key in the box
- notice that your key is to long for the box
- close the game
- install a new game
- write a review to this shity game.

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To the Game:

- The Startscreen is the most disruptive screen i´ve ever seen.
- No Grahpic Interface ingame...



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Snake Plissken
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
God gam, very munch like a reel samulat0r, lucky I know hoe to fly or I could have dieded
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Nice game!
Such good old memories!
Oh, Split Screen, much fun with friends. :D
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
This would have been alright in the early 90's; without the voice over.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
As fun as masturbating with 300 grit sandpaper. And that was when it was when it actually freaking worked. You know how steam reviews require 5 minutes of play time to write a review? I struggled to get to three.

Final verdict:
This game brought down my self-esteem faster than the World Trade Center. Rate 9/11
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66 of 82 people (80%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
This game is the reason why you don't waste money on 10 random Steam keys on {LINK REMOVED} .
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57 of 73 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
This is not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be more like Desert Strike on the SNES/PS. Controls and gameplay were not very enjoyable. Graphics settings also didn't stick so it was playing at an extremely low resolution.

It's a rail based shooter that you control the speed at which you advance, but don't the ability to stop and shoot, or aim very well at a particular target. Not to be snide, but arcade games 15 years ago played a lot better, and looked better.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
Horrible not-at-all-optimized garbage.

You are welcomed by a "insert cd-key" window EVERY TIME you boot up the game, no matter how many times you have entered it before. A seizure-inducing spinning helicopter hangar menu screen makes your head hurt while you're trying to find anything in the options that will let you play with a controller - after all, it's supposed to be a simple arcade shooter, right? No such luck, I struggled with it for 5 minutes before quitting.

Charging anything for this in 2015 is a crime. Stay the §uck away and never give money to these people.
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31 of 42 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
This is easily one of the saddest games I've ever played. Not sad as in "gripping story", sad as in "they actually thought this would make money, bless their little hearts". Nearly everything about this game is done poorly, from the interface to the controls to the effects to the voice acting (ESPECIALLY the voice acting).

The game's plot, such as it is, is delivered via laughably bad translated text, spoken haltingly by the single voice actor for the game. There is at least justification for each mission, but truth be told the game would be better off if there WASN'T. The plot is so thin it may as well not be there, and frankly is embarassingly crappy.

Speaking of that voice acting, the one person they got to do voice work for the game either has no acting talent, a poor grasp of the english language, is 12, or all three. In addition to the pre-mission text, the same actor also shouts out random "taunts" and "reactions" as you play. I put those in quotes because they are all delivered with all the emotion of a plank of wood. Not only that, the random barks are translated just as badly as the main text, leaving us with taunts like "take that terrorist dog". There's very little variety, and the taunts/reactions happen frequently, so get used to hearing "see you later alligator" delivered by a heavily tranquilized teenage mental patient a million times.

As for actual gameplay, it's pretty bad. Your main weapons is your basic gattling gun, though it seems to cut out randomly; I'm unsure if its because of poor control implementation or some sort of overheat system that isn't displayed on screen. You have two banks of missiles you can choose from, but they do barely any more damage than the gattling guns, and the difference between the two is not obvious and is definitely not explained. In fact very little in this game is explained other than "shoot things and sometimes it extends your time". Random pickups float in the world, corresponding to mechanics that you can only guess at based on their icons. Picking up these items results in bright, flashy effects that signify seemingly nothing, and half the time you can't even pick them up for reasons which (again) aren't explained. You weapons do a varying amount of damage, seemingly at random, sometimes mowing down enemies in quick succession, sometimes taking 2-5 seconds just to take down a basic grunt. Targeting is entirely automatic and picks up far too slowly, leaving you with no way to dumbfire at enemies you know will be coming from the top of the screen.

Beyond the gameplay though, the rest of the game is pretty annoying too. The menu screen is a constantly revolving and zooming view of a helicopter, set at a speed juuuuuust fast enough to make you slighty queasy. The configuration options are confusing, using non-standard button names for gamepads, particularly 360/XBO controllers which should have native Windows support, though to be fair the options are rather detailed within that. The biggest problem though is that you are required to enter your serial key for the game literally every time you start it, and sometimes randomly when you back out of a sub-menu. On my first launch I started the game, entered the serial key, configured my control options, then was prompted to enter my serial key AGAIN. Oh, and as a bonus, it refused to accept my serial key the second time. I wound up having to restart the game entirely.

In short, Heli Heroes is a hot mess. There's some basic enjoyment to be found under there, but the overall system is too clunky and confusing to make that an easy task. You may need to consume a great quantity of alcohol to find this game not annoying, and even then who knows. Quite honestly you will find a more robust and rewarding helicopter game in something like Tiger-Heli for the original NES, because at least that has consistent controls, reliable gameplay, and no repeated requests for a serial key. Do not waste your money or time on this game.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
I love me some arcade shooters, in all their campy gloriousness, but this one was not fun for me. I'm pretty forgiving of this genre, but this one has some flaws that annoyed the crap out of me. It has terrible overused one-liners and non-intuitive level navigation. I'm ok with one-liners, but when you have one for EVERY single defeated enemy, and random map desstructible, then it gets really old. Especially when you light up a grove of trees, and then you hear, "Die terrorists!" and 9 other equally engrossing one liners. Even some of the training levels were tough to navigate. One such level required that you defeat all enemies, but took me about 30 minutes of trial and error to reach some obscure corner to destroy some benign weapons cache to win. Overall, the graphics are decent, but gameplay has some flaws. If they fixed these quirks I'd say it still remains a mediocre shooter.
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
Worst game I've ever bought. Thought it might be like those old helicopter games (desert strike etc), turned out to be nothing like them. Linear, repetitive, unimaginative and boring gameplay with so few features you are left in awe of how terrible it is. If you are looking for a soulcrushing in depth experience of how bad a game can turn out, buy this game, if not, don't waste your money. Bought it on sale for near nothing, still not worth it. Bleh.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
This is a game I, almost sad to say, looked forward to. It looked decent enough and it was only a couple of bucks (I bought it on sale, by the way). What I got was a rather clunky experience that I only enjoyed with a friend, but not alone. I'll list out my problems below:

Controls: For the most part, the controls responded to my inputs. For some reason, my controls gave out on the third tutorial. It seems as though control of your helicopter freaks out sporadically. However, those times are few and far between, so the controls are alright at best in my opinion.

Game Play: Lackluster. There is no real sense of where you're supposed to aim at the enemies and overall it seems like the one thing I look for in a game, bores me to death. Also, the helicopters you get to chooses from don't even feel different in the slightest.

Powerups: I add this because when an arcade game comes along, there is bound to be powerups found. However, most of the time, I don't know what they do. Some are self-explanitory, but other don't make any sense. If there was a system that told me or at least some kind of instruction, I would be fine with it.

Voice Acting: This is one part of the game I like solely for the reason it sounds like early PS1 english voice dubbing.

Soundtrack: Forgettable. Sometimes non-exsistent.

3/10. This game is a lackluster experience unless you have a friend along. If this was a comepletely single-player experience, it would score lower. All in all, do NOT buy this game.
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