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There is trouble in the mines! Volcanic activity has trapped numerous miners, and it is your job to save them. As Roderick Hero, you need to make your way through the dangerous mineshaft avoiding the dangerous creatures and lava, and find out where the miners are located before you run out of energy. To help on your mission, Roderick Hero has several useful types of equipment. A prop pack will allow you to hover and fly around the mineshaft and (hopefully) avoid the many dangers within. Your helmet features a short-range microlaser beam which can be used to destroy the bats, spiders, snakes, and other creatures you'll encounter in the mines. From time to time, your path through the mine may be blocked by stone or lava walls. You begin each mission with six sticks of dynamite which can be used to destroy these obstacles (be careful you don't blow yourself up, though!). If you run out of dynamite, your laser beam can also be used to destroy the walls, though this will take longer and use up more energy. As the levels progress, the mine shaft will become longer and more maze-like, creatures will more frequently block the path, and lava walls and pools will appear which are dangerous to the touch.


H.E.R.O. Atari 2600 Blasting through a wall with your laser
H.E.R.O. Atari 2600 Located a trapped miner
H.E.R.O. Atari 2600 Title screen / game demo
H.E.R.O. Atari 2600 Blowing up a wall with dynamite

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Alternate Titles

  • "H.E.R.O.: Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation" -- Tag-lined title
  • "HERO" -- Common spelling
  • "Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation" -- Unabbreviated title
  • "ヒーロー" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Another Activision classic x0n1c64 (14) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Apr 05, 2017 A+ 100 Sep, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Tilt Mar, 1984 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
neXGam Nov 08, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Retro Game Reviews Aug 04, 2018 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
The Atari Times Dec 16, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
The Video Game Critic Aug 30, 2005 B 75
Power Play May, 1988 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

H.E.R.O. appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Activision patch

Players who were able to rack up 75,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "Order of the H.E.R.O." patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.


  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue 46) - named #2 on the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #12 It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!
  • Information also contributed by PCGamer77

    Related Web Sites

    • Game Map (A screenshot map of the game)
    • Video review of H.E.R.O.. (YouTube reviewer Metal Jesus reviews H.E.R.O. for Atari 2600. He mentions other ports and shows a bit of the Commodore 64 port but the review is for the original Atari 2600 port.)
    Servo (57355) added H.E.R.O. (Atari 2600) on Aug 26, 2003
    Other platforms contributed by Andrew Fisher (707), RKL (5734), Alaka (86123), Martin Smith (78650), Terok Nor (32335) and Servo (57355)
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