Choplifter HD (Windows)

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The only notable feature unique to the PC version of Choplifter HD is its spotty mouse controls. I preferred the precision of an Xbox game pad to my mouse, as the aiming is not only tuned better for it, but circular within the game as well. My mouse aiming was jittery and unreliable, which made hairy situations impossible. With a controller, Choplifter HD is an ace experience for bite-sized sessions and marathons alike. The goofy sense of humor, varied missions, and simple yet evolving gameplay style is a winning combination. It doesn't hold the gripping, satisfying appeal of Audiosurf, Beat Hazard, or Super Meat Boy, but Choplifter HD is a great distraction from your usual addictions.
GameStar (Germany)
Choplifter HD klingt vom Prinzip her eigentlich super. Simples 2D-Ballern mit fetten Explosionen, coolen Sprüchen und Zombies, das klingt nach trashigem Spaß, da lasse ich mich gerne drauf ein. Leider sind die Explosionen nicht fett, die Sprüche nicht flott und das Spielprinzip nicht super. Hardcore-Highscorejäger mögen an dem Spiel gefallen finden, mich persönlich nerven die Design-Macken, der unfaire Schwierigkeitsgrad und die doofe KI. Da spiele ich lieber ein paar Runden das deutlich coolere Renegade Ops.
Die eine Frage, die nach zehn Minuten Choplifter HD in mir bohrte, lautete: "Wo genau sind jetzt die 2,4 Gigabyte hin?" - die schmodderige Grafik allein rechtfertigt kaum diese Verschwendung. Die andere: "War das schon immer so schwer?" Wer kein stählernes Arcade-Herz in seiner Brust trägt, an dem Frust wie an Teflon abprallt, der wird keine Freude an diesem Remake haben - es wird sehr schnell sehr anspruchsvoll, selbst auf dem niedrigsten der drei Schwierigkeitsgrade. Das Spielprinzip ist auch heute noch sehr reizvoll, die taktische Aufteilung der zu Rettenden und der Benzinvorräte macht einen großen Teil des Spielspaßes aus. Aber das ebenso simple wie frustrierende Design verliert schnell an Reiz.
Cheat Happens
We live in a society where bigger is always better -- where more is always the answer. Choplifter HD is the perfect example of why's okay to be simple. The developers took a long established (though admittedly forgotten) formula and added modern flash and mechanics to create a sloppy, boring mess. It's fun for about an hour, then you should start searching out for the ROMs of the original.
Well, I have to get going, but it was sure great to see you! I wish you nothing but success now that you're back in town. Oh, if I can offer one last bit of parting advice: charging $15 at the door is a little much considering you don't have any multiplayer modes. No, leaderboards don't count -- but they don't hurt either. But yeah, I'll let all my friends know that you're a lot of fun, even when you're being kind of a dick.