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.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (68 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I gotta say I liked it because I have a soft spot for bad games. This is not awful, just repetitive as hell with some of the worst voice acting ever and really bland graphics, really, really easy too. And it is not like Desert Strike at all, this is pretty much a vertical shoot'em up.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I'm Japanese capable of speaking English, but the menu was in some weired language, and I couldn't get to the menu to change the language since it was way to weired language.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
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 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Only a recommendation for the absolute "younger" crowd. This will not keep the attention of adults, so don't expect it too. It's still not a bad title, it's just one you would find on say: Big Fish games, Gametap, or something similar to that. I'm trying to be very fair and objectionable here so if you have children? This is a good shoot -em up title for them. Ages for this maybe? Between 6-12.
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
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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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
I feel like this game was made by gangstas of the past. With constant one-liners and punchlines like "Die, you terrorist dog" and then "Gee, I'm so sorry" being spouted continously, I start hoping that the army faction I'm representing in this game loses!

Only pro-point there is, is that it works with my Logitech X3D Pro off the bat.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This was a sad day for gaming.

I envy the people that had to work on this golden piece of crap.

There is so much wrong with this game, You can fly though moantains, missiles that should hit mis you, ''strategy'' = just hold down shift and ctrl and to top it off you have to hear the most terrible voice acting in your life with every kill you make.

If that wont stop you buying this game then you are a true Hero!

PS: Dont judge me i got this 1 for free!! :'(
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
After playing this game, which was given to me by a ♥♥♥♥ friend, i started to contemplate life. why would a game so horrible even exist, especially on steam? The only good part is hearing the great one-liners that get old after hearing one every kill or power-up you get. the graphics are awful even when compared to the other games released the same year. the voice acting is cancer inducing and the game just never seems to end. i only recommend giving this game to someone you truly hate
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Hope you love entering registration codes, because that's what you'll do over and over and over and over... Obviously, this slumlord publisher doesn't even believe it when you enter the registration code you get when you bought the game!

I wanted to like this game, I really did, but this piece of "Topware garbage" (ok, that's redundant) just won't let me! My first and biggest red flag should have been it was from Topware, a company which should change its name to something more appropriate, like "Crapware", "Shovelware", or "Nagware".

Once the game started (after the DX installs), the first thing I was presented with was the serial code registration screen. Upon entering the serial code, I promptly went to the "Options" area to check / change whatever, and upon backing out to what should have been the main screen, I was once again presented with the registration screen. Upon entering the code AGAIN, I then exited the game, thinking that perhaps shutting it down would save the registration code...

HOW WRONG I WAS!

After starting the game back up, I was finally greeted with a proper title screen & menu. I decided to begin the tutorial in order to find out the specifics of this game which I thought would be a nice homage to the scrolling shooters of old (Choplifter, Raiden, Sky Soldiers, Dodonpachi, etc...). Once the mission started, I was instructed to move from A to B and shoot targets for extra points. This is when I found out the only thing on my XBOX 360 wired controller the game recognized was my joystick, so I spent the entirety of the mission moving around on-screen, collecting power-ups / ammo, targeting things, and not able to shoot them. Once I "completed" the first tutorial mission, I decided to exit back to the title screen so I could check my control configuration...

AND ONCE AGAIN GOT THE REGISTRATION CODE ENTRY SCREEN!

It is at this point I gave up and rejoice that I only spent a buck or so on this lesson in terrible coding and Topware "quality".

Don't buy this. Just... don't. Get MAME instead.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Average game - was wanting something like Nuclear Strike and instead got a pretty average on-rails shooter
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Absolutly terrible game. Even for coming out 12 years ago it is still a terrible game. It has understandably bad graphics (i mean i get that it came out 12 years ago), but the missions are way to linear and the game has you trying to kill things at high speeds, but gave the enemy too much hp so you have to be moving at a crawl to destroy most of the enemy objects. Definitly not worth $5 (thankfully, i got it in a bundle, and the other games made up for the piece of ♥♥♥♥ this is). I doubt that this game is even worth the developer PAYING ME $5 to play it
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
It's been a while since my last review on a steam game... Yes, an actual while. I would like to start off by telling you how much I love this game. Not just this game or the experience it offers me in my library, but every aspect of it. Every small detail, big and small, even the bugs and thumb downs I got on my last review of it before I decided to review it again.

I'd like to take a moment to speak about my experience with the game, which was probably my best gaming experience during the time I played it... which you might think was 5 minutes long but it was more like 300 long seconds.

I want to say that I don't have any words left to describe the greatness of this game, so I'm gonna give it a straight and honest rating;

1/10.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
It's a low-quality vertical shoot-'em-up. The graphics are poor (especially as this genre is usually beautiful!), the sound is poor, and there's a repetitive commentator who will chime in frequently and distract you.

Try Jamestown or Ikaruga instead.
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