DescriptionParatrooper is a single screen arcade action game where the player controls a stationary machine gun turret trying to shoot down all incoming enemies. The turret has unlimited ammo but a limited angle of fire (up to 90 degrees left and right). Each shot also costs one point, so the player must be conservative with ammunition when going for high scores.
At first, helicopters start appearing from both sides of the screen's upper part. Paratroopers are jumping down from those helicopters; if four or more of them touch the ground, they will form a human ladder, climb up to the turret, and destroy it. To avoid that, the player has to shoot either the paratroopers themselves or their parachutes - for different effects but the same results.
After the player has withstood several waves of helicopters, bomber planes start appearing. These planes shoot bombs directly at the turret, which do not miss and destroy it right away. To counter that, the player can either eliminate the plane before it has the chance to drop the bomb, or destroy the bomb itself in mid-air. Shooting bombs scores the most points (50).
Surviving this stage effectively puts the game on an indefinite loop, with more helicopter and bomber plane stages alternating with increased difficulty. There are no continues and the player has to start over if the turret was destroyed.
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Part of the Following Groups
|It Had Potential||rs2000 (15)||unrated|
|A Crappy little SEU||Late (97)||unrated|
|A true classic.||Tomer Gabel (4684)||unrated|
|PC Magazine||Jul, 1983||10 out of 18||56|
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Version ConfusionWas much more popular on 8-bit platforms, most notably the Apple IIe. As a result, most people (wrongly) assume a PC version doesn't exist.
Bach Me Up!At the start of the game, there's a version of the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) by Bach, although it's only a short excerpt.
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- Paratrooper's wikipedia page (Here you can find all sorts of info about the game.)