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Excellent port from Sega SEGA Master System Katakis | カタキス (39615)
Choplifter is a very well done hostage rescue game Apple II Droog (522)
A super-stressful little game from the mid-80s SEGA Master System Chris Wright (105)
Great translation of the arcade version of Choplifter. SEGA Master System gametrader (233)
Your average version of Choplifter!, but with some nice touches VIC-20 Katakis | カタキス (39615)

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Atari 5200 6 3.6
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Critic Reviews

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It appears that Broderbund's policy of making a "clone" of every game they make available to Atari and Apple has, in this case, paid off, unlike their somewhat less spectacular pinball game David's Midnight Magic. Choplifter is a very good buy for your money, especially considering that Broderbund has one of the most conscientious guarantees, even offering to replace physically damaged disks for $5.
Commodore 64Your Commodore (Apr, 1985)
The game looks simple, but is not. It is very addictive and incorporates a random facility of attack, i.e. you don't know when or where the enemy are coming from. The game can be quite different each time it is played and there is always that element of surprise against you.
VIC-20Computer Games (Sep, 1983)
Choplifter keeps you playing. After a few hours, you may rescue 60 or 61 of the hostages, but a few always seem to get killed. Those last few are the real challenge. Add to this some of the best graphics (men running, helicopter blades spinning) you've ever seen on a VlC-20 and you have a tremendous game.
SEGA Master SystemThe Video Game Critic (Dec 14, 2000)
This action-packed helicopter game was available on many systems, but this version is easily the best. It's also the most difficult. Your mission is to rescue hostages in enemy territory while avoiding enemy fire. The graphics are sharp and well defined. From the architecture of the buildings, to the clouds in the sky, to the tiny animated people, there is plenty of attention to detail. A nice surprise is the ocean level, in which you need to rescue prisoners from ships at sea. This is a great idea, and although it plays the same as the land levels, it looks fantastic. As I mentioned before, the difficulty is fairly extreme; you'll take ground fire from cannons, tanks, and jeeps, as well as air fire from enemy planes. You can't stay in any place for long, especially when picking up prisoners. This is one exciting game.
SEGA Master SystemTilt (Dec, 1987)
Bref, une cartouche hors pair, une des cinq meilleures pour la Sega. Qu'attendez-vous pour vous la procurer ?
SEGA Master SystemGénération 4 (1987)
Le scrolling horizontal est excellent. Il y a même un scrolling différenciel entre le sol et l'arrière plan. Tant au niveau graphique que sonore on retrouve la qualité de l'arcade. Choplifter est un des jeux les mieux réalisés existant pour la SEGA.
SEGA Master SystemHappy Computer (Nov, 1986)
Dieser Spitzentitel bietet tolle Action mit Top-Grafik. Allein die Explosionen sind schon ein Augenschmaus. Ein "Muß" für alle Master-System-Besitzer, die nichts gegen Schießspiele haben.
Very addictive and definitely one of the best games now available on sale for the Vic.
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Jul 06, 2007)
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.
Apple IIComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Jan, 1983)
The graphics are superb. The running motion of the hostages has been excellently simulated as has the flight of the helicopter.
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame (May, 1991)
Em seis fases, o helicóptero de combate Hawk-Z deve resgatar 64 reféns.
Apple IIComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Jan, 1983)
The graphics are superb. The running motion of the hostages has been excellently simulated as has the flight of the helicopter.
Atari 5200Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
The SuperSystem edition of the smash computer game Choplifter combines the best elements of both the Atari Computer and Apple II versions, making it the best one available. The 5200 Choplifter's decent animation and graphics are reminiscent of the 400/800 cartridge, but the two-button action from the original Apple II game has been restored, thanks to the 5200 controller's two button joystick. In Choplifter, you direct an armed helicopter, which forays across the border into hostile enemy territory. The object of the mission is to rescue as many of the American hostages as possible and bring them back to safety in U.S grounds. However, the chopper can only carry 16 at a time, and each successive trip brings new hazards to be overcome, like tanks, fighter planes, and smart bombs. With its terrific blend of action, strategy and challenge, Choplifter offers replay value like few others.
SG-1000Sega Does (Aug 08, 2014)
Choplifter doesn’t seem to be remembered much today, despite having a couple sequels portioned to the Game Boy, Game Gear, and SNES in the early 90s. It does hold the distinction of being one of the few, if only, games to begin its life on a computer before being remade for the arcade, then ported back to a home console. What a trippy, overly aggressive journey.
SEGA Master SystemGame Freaks 365 (Jun 23, 2005)
Though Choplifter is not one of the greatest games for the Master System, it's often mentioned in SMS fans' "Top Ten," and I think it deserves a position there despite its faults. It can be fun, a bit annoying, but fun. Not every game could have been perfect, but I'd have to say had Sega made more games of this caliber in the early years of the SMS, it would have done much better in America, possibly placing itself just slightly below the popularity of the NES, instead of way below.
Atari 5200All Game Guide (1999)
Anyone who played the original Choplifter on the Apple II should get a kick out of this game. Although it isn't one of the most graphically attractive titles in the Atari 5200 library, the game does have a simple nostalgic look which conjures up memories of the Apple II version.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
Choplifter can be fun, but the action remains the same throughout the game. The action can become tedious, but the increased strength of enemy forces can offset the repetition. Playing it is fun, but replay value is limited, especially if you find yourself stuck on the same sortie repeatedly.
SEGA Master System1UP! (Jul 04, 2008)
La densité des tirs et cette jouabilité délicate donnent lieu à un jeu d'une difficulté cinglante, comme un bon coup de fouet. Avec six courts niveaux, c'était prévisible. Toutefois, Choplifter est un jeu étonnant. Bien qu'il soit l'un des tous premiers titres de la console, il est techniquement impeccable, il n'y a rien à lui reprocher. Du côté du graphisme, pas plus de doléances, il y a bien les inévitables fonds fluo de la Master System mais on remarque surtout les décors et les sprites détaillés. Et matez un peu le scrolling du sol !
SEGA Master SystemSega Does (Aug 08, 2014)
Choplifter doesn’t seem to be remembered much today, despite having a couple sequels portioned to the Game Boy, Game Gear, and SNES in the early 90s. It does hold the distinction of being one of the few, if only, games to begin its life on a computer before being remade for the arcade, then ported back to a home console. What a trippy, overly aggressive journey.
Apple IITilt (Nov, 1982)
Par son graphisme et la sensibilité de sa manipulation, Choplifter est un excellent jeu d'adresse qui simule parfaitement ce que pourrait être une situation réelle. Mais les premières tentatives seront bien difficiles à être couronnées de succès. Armez-vous de patience, la dextérité ne viendra que petit à petit.
Choplifter! is bright and cheerful looking in Sega's arcade release and much less so on the 5200. This game is about stress & strategy. It's not fucking Kirby, after all. The minimal use of color & sound fits well with the mission's back story. It's a fun game, but you may want to put some time between plays to keep the concept fresh. We recommend Choplifter!, but caution those seeking an action packed shooter.
Commodore 64Home Computing Weekly (Feb 26, 1985)
The graphics do not include any fantastic effect, they are simple and straightforward. The game could have been improved by having a 3D type background to give it depth. It is very plain as is.
Commodore 64Your 64 (Apr, 1985)
Although not as good as Raid, this game is alright, and the concept is as good a 'shoot 'em up' as you'll find anywhere.
Atari 7800All Game Guide (1999)
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.
SEGA Master SystemIMPLANTgames (Nov 05, 2009)
Overall, Choplifter is a decent, but not great, Sega Master System game. The one-hit kills and somewhat clumsy controls keep this from being a classic. The smooth graphics and the unique game play concept make Choplifter better than average, but just barely. I would recommend Choplifter if you can find it for cheap.
SEGA Master SystemVideoGame (Mar, 1991)
Além de habilidade, paciência. É a recomendação básica para esta aventura, cuja missão é salvar 64 reféns, de helicóptero Hawk Z, nas seis fases do jogo. Em terra, no mar ou nas cavernas, você precisa ser rápido para escapar do inimigo.
VIC-20Tilt (Apr, 1984)
Il est également servi par d'excellents graphismes mais un plus grand nombre de chars et d'avions et un hélicoptère plus rapide lui auraient donné plus de piment.
VIC-20Micro 7 (Feb, 1984)
A retenir surtout un graphisme de très bonne qualité pour un ordinateur de ce type.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Dec 28, 2000)
This is the exact same version of Choplifter that was released by Broderbund for the Atari 8-bit computers in 1982. It may have been an easy port, but Atari really should have reworked the game to take advantage of the Atari 5200's capabilities. The graphics are drab. The helicopter and hostages are well-rendered, but in a single, bland color. The real problems begin when the screen gets crowded with objects. The action slows to a crawl, animation becomes choppy, and the collision detection goes out the window. It's not good. In addition, the sound effects are almost non-existent! Still, the helicopter controls well enough, and the game certainly has an addictive quality. Once all the hostages are rescued (or killed), the game's over. Sure, you'll have fun with Choplifter for a while, but the fun doesn't last.
Apple IIComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Jul, 1982)
CHOPLIFTER! is an outstanding new release from Broderbund Software. Outstanding in that: 1) 3-D highly animated graphics are the best yet on the Apple, and ; 2) the game is truly a "new" game.