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Chopper Command is a side scrolling shooter. As the pilot of a helicopter gunship, your mission is to protect the convoy of trucks which is travelling at the bottom of the screen. Each wave consists of numerous enemy choppers and jets which are trying to destroy you and the convoy. When all enemies in the current wave are destroyed, you can move on to the next, more difficult wave. To help out, a long range scanner is located at the bottom of the screen which can locate trucks in the convoy as well as enemy aircraft. Good luck, the ground troops are counting on you!

The game can be played by one or two players at either Cadet Level or Commander Level difficulty settings. You start the game with 3 lives and can gain extra ones every 10,000 points, up to a maximum of 6 lives.


Chopper Command Atari 2600 A game in progress
Chopper Command Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode
Chopper Command Atari 2600 Title screen
Chopper Command Atari 2600 Firing at enemy aircraft

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Alternate Titles

  • "Wüstenschlacht" -- German title, published by Quelle

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 14, 2002 A 100
Woodgrain Wonderland Oct 29, 2016 A- 91
The Atari Times Apr 19, 2003 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 7.2 out of 10 72
Atari HQ 2002 7 out of 10 70
Game Freaks 365 2002 6.7 out of 10 67
Le Geek May, 2008 2.5 out of 5 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Retro Game Reviews Apr 15, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50


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High score reward

Activision used to reward players by sending them a fabric patch if sent them proof that player achieved a certain high score on the game (ie. a photograph of the high score).

In this case: 10,000 points. The patch name for the Chopper Command membership was called "Commandos". This was reached on the "Cadet" level. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman
Servo (57362) added Chopper Command (Atari 2600) on Jun 04, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Alaka (80225)