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 (131 reviews) - 32% of the 131 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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Mostly Negative (131 reviews)
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Daze The Bear Chieftain
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
I tried to give it a chance even though it does have a lot of negative reviews but the game is just crap. Everything looks exactly the same and it's very repetitive. I felt like I was playing the same level everytime just with a different objective.

Graphics are very generic as with the voice acting and sounds. Some of the pickups I saw I could never pickup so not sure what they were for. I just can't recommend this game when there are better games out there to play.
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NoEaglesFly
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
thanks ♥♥♥
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Meister_Leuchte
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
this game is an ancient shoot'em up and i don't just talk about the visuals but the gameplay as well.

however i had some fun playing it. the game was completed in 3 1/2 hours, not exactly brilliant but not shabby either.

but it's really a case of wysiwyg. if the screenshots make you want to hurl already then don't buy.
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Bonnie
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Absolute garbage.
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stealthbadge1
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
played 5 mins of it and it was bad gameplay
and has bad acting skills in it.
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-=shagg=-
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
For a good laugh, play this game.

Press ~ during game play, enter one of the following
codes, then press [Enter] to activate the corresponding
cheat function.

Code
Activate all codes GiveMeAll
Refill fuel GiveMeFuel
Full lives MoreLives
Refill health HealthMe
Invincible for 30 seconds GiveMeInvulnerable
Invisible for 30 seconds GiveMeInvisibility
All guns, rockets, missiles, lasers, plasma cannons and nuke
GiveMeAllAmmo
Trainer

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timothyburton
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 12
Terrible game, crashes constantly and only once got to even start the game. I'm embarrassed to even own this, but it came in a bundle deal.

Do the right thing and keep your money.
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Cozmin
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Another game that I won't receive my refund...
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
2/10 - Another Fine Topware Product

I'm beginning to notice a trend. If it starts up and says "Topware" I can count on (2) things: 1) It's going to suck. 2) You'll have to enter your CD-Key multiple times.

The gameplay literally made me noxious. Fly through some carved out mountains, shoot things, get sick.. Repeat.

Worth nothing; found in ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bundles.

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Scrilla
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you like games with Battlefield-like vehicle controls, good graphics, and fun, replayable content, then go play Battlefield because this game ♥♥♥♥ing blows.
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coolRONz
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
you shouldnt be allowed to sell games on STEAM with having to need to key in game codes, just saying....
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mute007
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
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[くはく] Zangston
( 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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Fisty Dollars
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 14, 2015
Broken, barely watchable (let alone playable) garbage. Doesn't matter how cheap it is, it's crap.
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goon squad
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 11, 2015
great flash game i found in 2006
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Ghost of Bukowski
( 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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DDoS Röövelööbik
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
This game is a masterpiece if your like games which crash in 10 seconds. Bravo!

#DENOUNCE
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stfN1337
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 24, 2015
Well, it always crashes, if I start it. And if I quit it, then I must complete it. Via TaskManager... Please fix...
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18jcrone
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 25, 2015
This is in my opinion a fun top down shooter.

The Good: fun and simple gameplay, simple controls

The Bad: hilariously bad voice acting,Ugly visuals, wonky controls, your helicopter only picks up power ups when it feels like it

Rating: 7/10
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Krazedlion
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
Heli Heroes ranks up there as my least favorite shoot 'em ups. After to going through hoops to get the darn game run, I find that it was a huge waste of my time. Its just not fun! The voice acting is terrible, the controls are pathetic, and the graphics are meh. Don't buy it, not even for a nickel.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I tried to give it a chance even though it does have a lot of negative reviews but the game is just crap. Everything looks exactly the same and it's very repetitive. I felt like I was playing the same level everytime just with a different objective.

Graphics are very generic as with the voice acting and sounds. Some of the pickups I saw I could never pickup so not sure what they were for. I just can't recommend this game when there are better games out there to play.
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
29 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Absolute garbage.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
2/10 - Another Fine Topware Product

I'm beginning to notice a trend. If it starts up and says "Topware" I can count on (2) things: 1) It's going to suck. 2) You'll have to enter your CD-Key multiple times.

The gameplay literally made me noxious. Fly through some carved out mountains, shoot things, get sick.. Repeat.

Worth nothing; found in ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bundles.

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51 of 66 people (77%) 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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24 of 29 people (83%) 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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28 of 37 people (76%) 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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23 of 32 people (72%) 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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29 of 45 people (64%) 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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21 of 33 people (64%) 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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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Hilarious voice acting, lots of explosions, recognizes directinput gamepads. Somebody wanna tell me why this is rated so low?
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2014
Wow...what a sad game. I was thinking it would be something different. The controls from the keyboard are awkward and awful. The voice acting was equally terrible. Not even unique at all!! I would NOT recommend this game at all!!!
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
This game is horid. Terrible. If you buy this game, never open it. It is just really bad. You fly over power ups and your helicopter wont even pick up most of them. Not to mention this game lacks all imagination from the developer team. There are so many better top down heli shooters then this one. Please do yourself a favor. Choose a different game.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
This game gave me neural disorders.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
Heli Heroes ranks up there as my least favorite shoot 'em ups. After to going through hoops to get the darn game run, I find that it was a huge waste of my time. Its just not fun! The voice acting is terrible, the controls are pathetic, and the graphics are meh. Don't buy it, not even for a nickel.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Do not buy this, not even on sale. Outdated graphics, I can understand given that it is an old release. What makes it unenjoyable is that the game is more of a rail shooter where you are forced to follow a specific course and if you overshot items to pick up, there is no reversing for it. The sensitivity of speed control is way off and often at times, I find myself crashing into mountain sides, or passing enemies too quickly to clear all of them.
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11 of 22 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Want a retro "schmup" where you're a helo (either American or Russian) that basically shoots everything on the map? That's Heli Heros. It's using 3D graphics, but there's no 3rd dimension in gameplay... you move left/right and a little forward/back. Moving forward increases forward speed, while pulling back gives you more time to shoot forward. You have cannon and "weapon", and you can choose which weapon to shoot via the other buttons. Controller is supported but remapping is limited as I can't map, say, "right trigger" to be cannon, only buttons (XYAB). You probably won't even have time to switch weapons, and some levels have time limits where you get extra fuel for shooting enemies and structures (hah!) if you want a simple arcade game, this is not bad, but you probably should be playing Spartan Assault instead. This game is a bit too retro for me.
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18 of 37 people (49%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2013
I can't remember buying this, but apparantly I must have thought it looked cool like a SNES game. I just tried it and for $2.50 it's not worth even that because it's an incredibly linear rail shooter and where you fly depends on which way the camera turns. It's incredibly crappy. But it's fun for maybe fifteen minutes. Which can also be said about Josh Holmes mother. But I'm not saying anything that everyone doesn't already know.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
HELL NO!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you like games with Battlefield-like vehicle controls, good graphics, and fun, replayable content, then go play Battlefield because this game ♥♥♥♥ing blows.
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