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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.
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014
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About the 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
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
278 products in account
56 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 26th, 2014
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23 of 39 people (59%) found this review helpful
46 products in account
3 reviews
33.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
68 products in account
5 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Crashes in the first mission :D
Posted: May 26th, 2014
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
323 products in account
3 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: May 18th, 2014
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
603 products in account
3 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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321 of 370 people (87%) found this review helpful
461 products in account
11 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 28th, 2014
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