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 (96 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
26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
This game gave me neural disorders.
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42 of 53 people (79%) 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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