Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    A living manual of how to update a classic: getting the core idea and expanding and inventing new situations around it. InXile has done a really good work with this Choplifter HD, making it a really recommended purchase for any fan of the original.
  2. Jan 9, 2012
    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.
  3. 74
    It's addicting, it's difficult, and it updates the best parts of the original while staying true to its classic gameplay.
  4. Jan 24, 2012
    Choplifter HD is a pretty fun game. Unfortunately some technical flawless and some visual problems reduces the final evaluation.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    Choplifter HD maintains the concept and the same level of challenge of the famous original version, although burdened with some choices of game design and an inaccurate targeting system. Frustrating at times, this remake by Inxile Interactive is undoubtedly still fun.
  6. Feb 1, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Jan 7, 2013
    The tactical implications of saving people while keeping an eye on the fuel gauge are interesting. But you'll lose interest sooner rather than later, thanks to the frustrating design.
  8. 60
    Return of the classic in 3D high definition misses the spirit of its predecessor and after a few missions the game turns routine... [Feb 2012]
  9. Feb 7, 2012
    Choplifter HD certainly does its predecessor justice, faithfully recreating the original's highs and lows, and offering beautiful graphics to make up for the lack of original thinking. While there may not be much depth or replayability to Choplifter HD, it's certainly an entertaining diversion which serves as a testament to the solid gameplay mechanics of a title from thirty years ago. Maybe Choplifter was never a top-tier game, but it's certainly one that warranted a second look, and inXile gave it the update it deserved.
  10. Feb 23, 2012
    It's unfortunate, because this Groundhog Day game design significantly impairs what could have been a diverting and sentimental blast from the past. [Apr 2012, p.79]
  11. 56
    Choplifter HD might help you pass some pleasant moments with its arcade action and simple interface, but once you are done with it, you will put it aside and within seconds, you will forget it ever existed. [March 2012]
  12. Feb 14, 2012
    Hitting the nostalgia notes is not enough to enamour the masses. [March 2012, p.68]
  13. Apr 11, 2013
    Choplifter HD is a remake of the successful classic helicopter game from 1982 – so our expectations were pitched quite high. Unfortunately this game is far from meeting them. The repetitiveness in gameplay and its non-compassionate presentation make it, in our opinion, nothing to recommend.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    This game gives you an opportunity to control a helicopter and complete different missions - rescue people, destroy some objects and escape. The graphics are not that nice, even thought the name says - HD. Enemy, buildings and all other background could be more detailed or it's even could be used other art style, which is simpler but pleasant to the eye. First half of the game was kinda boring, because there were a small number of enemy, so missions were easy. But then new enemy appears - jets, tanks, mortars, which brings a difficulty to the game. After completing each missions you get stars 1 to 5 and it's important to get more of them to unlock a better helicopters. Some of the missions could seem too hard, but after giving a few tries you will find a way how to beat them fast and safe. Also there are few zombie missions, where you have to safe people from zombie's attacks and if you land too close to ground, they can jump up to your helicopter and you will need to shake them out. The game lacks of ammunition upgrades, where you could choose what weapons to use. In start of each mission the pilots make some jokes out so it doesn't seem that you control a empty helicopter, also in one mission there a Duke Nukem character (real Duke Nukem's voice actor), which you can try to shoot and it will say some phrase. If you like a side-scrolling arcade games and see this game on a sales, try it out, if you are not a fan, then avoid this game, because it will not satisfy your needs. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2012
    This is an awesome and addictive retro-style game. I had played the Activision game for the 2600 in the early eighties. This is a reimagined dream. The level design is great. Scoop Sanderson is good comic relief from all the death and destruction. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    Choplifter HD is a really cool game for all classic lovers, but especially for older players who remember titles like that from Atari or Amiga. You can find all kinds of missions - seek & destroy, rescue etc. Even some for zombie lovers. Game is utilizing UE3, so it should run fine on every low end PC. Controls are a little funky and weird, but you can get used to it. And in contrast to other modern games Choplifter can be hard. It's not one of those moronic AAA titles, where you only press fire and watch cut scenes. Full Review »