Way Of The Helicopter: Choplifter HD

By Jim Rossignol on March 29th, 2011 at 2:01 pm.

I've never tried to steal anything with a helicopter, but now I might: THE EVIL POWER OF VIDEOGAMES REVEALED.
Choplifter was a side-scrolling shooter that features a helicopter. HD (pronounced “ccchhhuud”) is the modern remake of it. The helicopter can go up and down, and side to side, and shoot. It’s just like it was in the old days, only a bit prettier. You can see the truth of that statement in the trailer below. It’s even being developed by inXile Entertainment, whose Big Boy project is Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. However, it’s my contention that such a direct pun (“Choplifter”) is actually categorically wasted here. This should have been a game about stealing candy from a store using a remote-control helicopter, while the enraged store owner chases your miscreant contraption about with a baseball bat. That is my firm belief, and I will not move from it.

The game is out in the Autumn.

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40 Comments »

  1. Cinnamon says:

    Surely it should be a stealth action game about a woman who steals frozen meat from supermarkets.

  2. WJonathan says:

    I have fond memories of Choplifter on the old Sega Master System.

  3. Vexing Vision says:

    I played the C64 version, and it’s one of the games that taught me about timelimits, and how much I hate timelimits.

    I am pleased to see there are no timelimits on that HUD. Yet.

    I’m relaly looking forward to Hunted, and I suppose it’s nice to see a new studio to… uh… diversify?

    • Hunam says:

      Inxile have been around for like 9 years dude, they just don’t do alot :)

  4. KilgoreTrout_XL says:

    This was my first cartridge for my Atari 2600!

    I always accidentally landed on the hostages though.

  5. Tei says:

    On the original, you quickly learn that the most effient way to save people is to burn his house, so is easier to collect then. :D

  6. Sunjammer says:

    Wat. I played Choplifter 2 for the Game Boy only two days ago. This looks *worse*! :-(

    • Wulf says:

      Yeah. I do wonder what this phobia of colourful, and/or interesting/characterful graphics is about, where instead a large amount of developers would choose to drain every drop of character out of a game reboot so that there’s nothing left but a soulless husk. And I think that people are catching up to me in regards to being tired of soulless husks.

      Reboot-making developers – there are plenty of remakes of old games out there, look them up, they’re often free and they do it right. Need a commercial example of a reboot doing it mostly right? Bionic Commando: Rearmed.

  7. RobF says:

    Oh god, that’s hideous looking.

    Although to be fair, after the beautiful Saucelifter, any Choplifter game has a long way to go.

  8. Icarus says:

    0:40 – Hell yes Wilhelm Scream.

  9. Creeping Death says:

    “Computer! Game of the year!”

    Fantastic…

  10. Bhazor says:

    Never a big fan of Choplifter to be honest. A bit slow, a bit too repetitive, a bit too helicopterey
    Now Defender on the otherhand.

  11. Navagon says:

    What I want to know is why didn’t inXile turn their logo into a top down view of a helicopter? Clearly lacking in creative vision, that.

  12. Hoaxfish says:

    needs more wuckawuckawucka helicopter sounds

  13. terry says:

    I always preferred Apocalypse – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg6zGUKkfBY

  14. Chunga says:

    Choplifters of the world, unite!

  15. Benjamin L. says:

    Nice little Fallout reference at the end of the video there, Mr. Fargo…

  16. jonfitt says:

    So they’ve chosen a UH-60 Back Hawk. An interesting choice.

    I guess there is a variant (MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator (DAP)) with rocket pods, but my main impression of the Black Hawk is that they are designed to “go down”. Perhaps you get multiple lives and the second chopper has to rescue the crew of the first chopper, which goes down and then needs to be rescued by the next chopper etc.

    I think it is a statement on the futility of war.

  17. rivalin says:

    “candy from a store”

    Oh my, far, far too much time around Americans!

    You mean sweets from a shop I take it?

    • Navagon says:

      It’s like that bloody Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film all over again.

    • Baggypants says:

      He clearly meant to write “stealing slabs of meat from a Butchers”

  18. Johnny Law says:

    I don’t think that Choplifter really needed to be grimdark’d.

  19. RakeShark says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! AUUUUGH! Thank you!

  20. DrunkDog says:

    I prefer ‘Fort Apocalpyse’. Now that Sir is a game worth remaking – or as I almost mistyped “ramking”.

  21. Rii says:

    Perhaps on account of the dissonance between the classic arcade mechanics and “realistic” presentation, one thing that struck me whilst watching that video is the degree of cultural indoctrination required for the player to reject the classical themes of weak/good vs. strong/evil and rooting for the underdog in favour of empathising with the high-tech military machine cheerfully wreaking havoc over a squalid township.

  22. apa says:

    They should do Vietnam DLC with Hueys, Jimi Hendrix and Doors!

  23. Thants says:

    They killed Wilhelm!

  24. Damien Neil says:

    I’m amazed at how much better Choplifter looked on the Apple II than in this remake.
    Muddled, generic graphics with a busy screen that makes it difficult to pick out essential details like the location of the chopper and the refugees. The original has simple, clear graphics that readily identify the game elements.

  25. adonf says:

    Rescue Raiders HD please

  26. ColOfNature says:

    Walker HD. Now. Thanks.

  27. MythArcana says:

    Console Choplifter for Mass Effect fans! The original was better…even in 4 bit graphics.