Become an emergency pilot and test your skills to their limits, as you sit in the cockpit of an emergency helicopter, across more than 40 challenging missions. Choose from 8 models of 'copter, each varying in size, ability and specs.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (131 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014
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About This Game

Become an emergency pilot and test your skills to their limits, as you sit in the cockpit of an emergency helicopter, across more than 40 challenging missions. Choose from 8 models of 'copter, each varying in size, ability and specs.

Fighting forest fires, communication failures, and conducting perilous search and rescue missions are just the start... you'll face many more natural disasters throughout your missions.

2014 edition comes with brand new Sightseeing Mode Challenge, that will allow pilots to explore each island in search of beautiful, but sometimes hard to reach spots with ultra-light helicopter. And if that's not enough there are lots of achievements to unlock. Game engine was also upgraded with newer shader effects to achieve even more stunning visual quality.

Game features:
- 10 different helicopters
- 45 various missions
- over 400km2 of terrain
- changing weather conditions
- well-balanced flight controls
- fully configurable controller support
- sightseeing mode in free play
- Steam achievements

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB GeForce 9600GT or Radeon equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB GeForce GTS 450 or Radeon equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Game wont load past start up screen and there is no help from developers to try and get it working or refunding my money.

So wouldnt advise anyone else to waste their money.
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30 of 50 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
No, just no. Another one of these damn horrible "simulators".
I paid 1€ for it, no way I would pay more than that for it.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
This would have been awesome if it had been released about ten years ago.
Or, at least all right, fifteen years ago.

10/10 would spend 8.99 euros from 1998 again.

Also, after playing some more I noticed a disturbing lack of men in speedos with flourescent nipples, so I'd barely call this a helicopter simulator at all.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
bad game, bad gameplay, no simulator
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
While most people knock this game for it's bad controls and graphics, I for one, am having a great time with this game. I find the controls are odd at first, but then again I've never flown a helicopter. While I do not have a joy stick, the keyboard controls are completely customizable are becoming much easier with play. In my opinion they do not inhibit gameplay at all. Besides its comic relief when you accidently blow up from hitting a tree because you put too much deceleration while trying to land. The blury graphical "problem" that I've seen mentioned can be easily fixed in the options menu by turning off depth blur and movement blur. All in all, I think this is a fun simulator that is worth giving a shot. I would suggest waiting to pick it up on while it's on sale though.
P.S. you get to pick up a beached whale in the third mission
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This was the biggest waste of money i have every spent.... Really, No option to use a joystick.. all keyboard!!! that alone in my opinion gives this game 1/2 a star.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
i cant play it.. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling 3 times. It gets loaded up. I click on GO TO HANGER and it freezes. Wish I could paly ing and give a good review
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Very dissapointed. Was looking forward to this and it will not work. Gets to the "Go to Hanger" stage then crashes. Have posted on the help forum with no response for over a week. I realise there are people out there with this running fine but they seem to be the minority. Should have read the forum before purchase. Still hoping for a fix to allow me to get this running.......
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347 of 399 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
First Look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo0QSSho8Po
Ignore the "Helicopter Simulator" section of the game name, as it's not really a proper simulator of helicopter flying. I saw people asking in the discussions about things like trackIR, pedals and joysticks. This really isn't that sort of game so definitely don't buy it if that's what you're looking for. This is a search and rescue game that basically gives you a helicopter with basic controls (which are okay to handle but I found it a bit difficult on the landing) and gives you a number of missions where you must go and save people in various conditions.

The gameplay is very basic, and really feels quite dated. In the first mission I played it had strange requirements that made no sense. Why do I have to be at a certain height for a man to go down a rope to pick someone up? It's like artificial difficulty because the game would otherwise be rather mundane. Sadly it had the opposite effect as it just made it needlessly annoying.

The draw distance for detail on the ground is very poor so you have to be pretty much crashing into the trees below to see them appear at the same detail you'd have when you were on the helipad. The models are simple and textures are relatively low quality. The cockpit view was a definite disappointment. It didn't run all that well either, and didn't feel at all optimized. The loading screens were also abnormally long.

In comparison to the detailed and thoughtful "Car Mechanic Simulator" title they released recently, this is a huge drop in quality. I'm not saying you should steer well clear of this game, but I wouldn't recommend it either.
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114 of 145 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
The flying in this game is completely absurd, the physics are horrible, and even at max settings the graphics are sub-par. A better use for the ten bucks I spent on this game would have gone to buying a second copy of Arma II, a game which I believe very nearly nailed flight physics.

THIS game, however, took everything that 5 year old game had, and threw it out the window. I bought this game expecting to be able to fly, not flounder in the air in a physics-defying "helicopter simulator"
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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
An incredibly poor game. One can only wonder where Simulator word in title comes from, probably from MFS sounds like "Pull up". The quality of the game is incredibly low, barely any animations, no physics to speak of. Helicopter feels like a rubber ball that can bounce off the ground. Cocpit is a static texture, only horizon works. Save your money and don't buy this game, it's incredibly booring and bad. All misisons come down to "Fly there, pick this up, transport it here", not to mention that there are no weather effects at all. The only sounds in this game are one and same soundtrack, 60-seconds loop 'radio chatter' and engine sound that is same for all helicopter models. People you need to pick up can't walk few meters to the helicopter and only way to trigger 'boarding' or 'unloading' script is to shut down your engines. Most of 'disasters' in this game are hilarious! First mission requires you to rescue people from a crashed airplane... That lies 800 meters away from the hospital... I suppose it was easier to cal for a rescue helicopter than, say, drive an ambulnce across flat green field... Or mission to rescue people from an oil platform after a ship crashed into it. Ship is a tiny boat, there is no damage, no fire, people just stand on the landing pad, looking bored, and wave their hands either greeting you or begging you to look at them... Anyway, this game isn't worth your time or money.
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95 of 124 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Doesn't work with logitech joystick..
Completely unplayable with keyboard..

I've been in contact with support and they won't help me.. They just keep saying "But it should work".. Well, it doesn't!?

>>>DO NOT BUY<<<
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53 of 68 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This game is quite honestly not worth the money... this is NOT a simulation game... not even remotely!!!
Helicopter is nearly impossible to fly and controls don't make any sense.
My worst buy ever!!
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39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The game crash in Tutorial Mission.
This game crash in First MIssion.
This game crash in all missions.
In other words...

THIS GAME NOT WORK, the forum is full of people with the same crashes...

DONT BUY IT, you have 70% probably dont work you.

Buy it on your own risk
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Crashes in the first mission :D
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Search and Rescue may not be for the hardcore flight simulaton gamer. It is not fully realistic, but still you'd better have a Joystick with some axles for it. It is somewhere in between of Simulation and Arcade.
Compared to Sim copter this title is more simulation and more serious. Where in Sim copter you flew around in a city and things happened which you had to clear, in this game you can fly around on different Island maps and things only happen, when you start a mission with a specific objective each. For each mission you can choose one of the helicopters that can do the job (not every Helicopter is available in every mission). There is no career mode where you get better Helicopters after some time of playing. At least there is no career mode, yet.

What makes it absolutely worth it's money is the feedback of the devs and the overall communication between customers and developers. Main Problems that people had with the release version already are solved a few days after release. Other things are going to be implemented soon to improve the game experience.

There's a lot of crappy simulators out there, but it seems like the devs of SaR do everything for this game not to be one of them. And so far, they're doing a good job.
A few improvements here and there, and in my oppinion this game could be worth more money.
Graphic junkies might be a little bit diasppointed, but for everyone else the graphics are absolutely appropriate.
The music is annoying after a while, so I already set it off.

All in all, If you want to extinguish fires, carry stuff around and rescue people with a helicopter, this game is for you.
Could it be better ? Yes
Is it still fun ? Yes
Is it worth its money ? Yes
Is there support ? Absolutely Yes
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
YES! I've been waiting for a game like this. This game is lots of fun, entertaining and you can spend many hours of interesting tasks to solve. Helicopter Simulator 2014 Search and Rescue is entertainment, fun and excitement for everyone, but not for the hardcore flight simulation player. You can not save during the play, but that is not negative, because the missions get thereby a higher voltage and you have to stay on task. You can pause at any time by pressing the ESC key. The maps are freely accessible, you can fly around everywhere or walk around. It has many different camera views, from inside cockpit and from outside and zoomable. First Person and Third Person. The missions and objectives are imaginative and exciting. While it is not a simulation in burlap sense, nevertheless one must always be careful how and where you fly. Transport rack system can alter the flight characteristics. You have sent the helicopter control as obstacles such as houses, trees, cranes, etc. are available.

I can recommend this game each of you with helicopters performing work orders such as search, rescue, transport etc. Most Helicopter simulations are either primitive and boring or have a very complicated and complex mechanism in the control. In this game, you have to not torment with complicated skilled technical details. The keyboard is completely configurable. I like to play with mouse and keyboard but you can also use the joystick. With the latest update, many problems have been solved and I have found no more bugs. The sound of the helicopter is acceptable. The graphics quality is not comparable to modern expensive high-end games, but for the pure helicopter jobs, it is sufficient. An increase of the development potential in the graphic quality would be desirable, because who does not fly like a beautifully designed landscape. ;-) I play with a resolution of 2560x1440 and the game runs very smoothly. For this game, I would have gladly paid more. Compared to other helicopter games it is more than worth the money.

My personal opinion, the negative reviews of the hardcore simulation players, the game does not do justice. it's not a arcade game but also no real simulation. It is for those players who want to play the exciting helicopter missions like, who like to carry out support orders and a challenge in solving complex and tricky requirements with the atmosphere and the thrill of a helicopter, but their playing time do not want to invest in complicated technical manuals and control.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
I can't stress enough how bad this game is. I thought I could get enough out of it to be worth the small price, but I don't feel like It's even worth that.

The absolute primary problem with the game is the awful controls of the helicopters. The worst part is that they couldn't be bothered to add joystick controls. You're forced to use the keyboard, and lack good references to how your cyclical stick is positioned. This makes hovering a massive pain, and given this is most of the game .. well, most of the game is a massive pain too. The game also interprets a couple of quick button hits as a desperate need to do something extreme, so you could end up dropping out of the sky or shoorting far away from your mission target. It happened far too easily and far too often that I'd be just about complete when the helicopter would suddenly shoot upwards and I'd ahve to work my way back down to the target again.

Don't bother. Without joystick controls it doesn't feel like a proper helicopter simulation. The graphics aren't fantastic. The whole thing is sadly uninspired. There are plenty of other games out there far better than this for the same price.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Terrible controls, bad graphics and boring gameplay. Avoid at all costs. Not even worth it during a Steam sale, just stay far away from this trainwreck.
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