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The Video Game Critic
Choplifter can be a bit cheap at times, with tanks and jets tend that appear without warning, giving you little (if any) time to react. Should you return to headquarters in one piece, the hostages exit the chopper and you score one point for each. Yeah, the scores tend to be pretty low, with anything over 50 considered pretty impressive. As for the graphics, the vehicles are large and detailed, and I like how the helicopter tilts realistically as you fly forward. The American headquarters looks more like a little schoolhouse, but the landing pad and that large fluttering flag look nice. There's only one skill level, which I would describe as "moderate". With appealing visuals, an intriguing premise, and intense gameplay, Choplifter is ideal for arcade fans looking for a bit more substance.
All Game Guide
Unfortunately, what made for an impressive game on an early home computer makes for slim pickings in a late 1980s home videogame. I have to admit that I really like this game. It makes the old Choplifter look great. The helicopter is nimble and quick but still controllable. The changing rotor pitch sounds are what you would expect a helicopter to sound like. So what is the down side? Lack of variety.