Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    75
    As rewarding as Choplifter HD can be, it demanded a few too many hours of trial and error for me to enjoy the game past the introductory levels, but the more masochistic amongst you will undoubtedly find something to love.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    61
    You won't have much fun with this remake – unless you're an oldschool arcade aficionado. The basic core with its semi-tactical rescues stands the test of time, but the design is too simple and too frustrating to keep you occupied.
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    50
    There are just so many better ways to spend your money, like on a copy of the original Choplifter or any other of the good and unique games available on downloadable services. The only sort of person who should buy this game is someone who thinks that the original Choplifter would be the best game ever if it had sort of funny voice acting.
  4. Jan 11, 2012
    70
    If you are no stranger to the type of punishment you remember from playing arcade games in the '80s, Choplifter HD is definitely worth checking out. This is game that doesn't mess around, and doesn't allow you to mess around either. I only wish it would have allowed you to mess around just a little bit more without mutilating your psyche in the process.
  5. Jan 18, 2012
    65
    The fun of this arcade classic remake fades quickly as repetition leads to boredom, but its unique objectives might make it worth looking into if you have some time to kill and cash to burn.
  6. Jan 12, 2012
    70
    It's hardly an arcade classic, in other words, but if you're after nothing more than a friendly and frantic fifteen minutes of action every now and then, Choplifter HD just came to the rescue.
  7. Jan 25, 2012
    60
    An attempt to bring a classic game to a new audience that early on looks like a solid and fun game, but after a while shows its not so polished design. What was addictive and challenging in the early 1980's does not fly today. The somewhat cluncky, unprecise controls and inconsistent difficulty level makes Choplifter HD a games that initially lifts off with confidence but crashes halfway through and never really gets some air beneath its rotors.
  8. Jan 13, 2012
    65
    Choplifter HD is a tough game to recommend if you aren't familiar with the series because enjoying it relies on liking its slower-paced gameplay.
  9. Jan 19, 2012
    40
    The concept, gameplay, challenge and atmosphere of Choplifter HD are quite good. It is a nice trip back in the 80's, even if it is far from being a must-have today, as the game is particulary repetitive and its price is quite high.
  10. Mar 14, 2012
    75
    Good fun, if pricey. [Apr 2012, p.85]
  11. Jan 18, 2012
    67
    It is a fun game, and by jingo when it's at its best it's totally the updated Choplifter that I wanted to play.
  12. Jan 13, 2012
    55
    Choplifter HD retains the core elements of its forebears, but the experience is dampened by some missteps in tone and difficulty.
  13. Jan 10, 2012
    60
    If you like the idea of flying a cool-looking helicopter in a 2D action game that makes you think, Choplifter HD is totally worth checking out. When it works, it's old-fashioned and yet not quite like anything else out there currently. If the chopper had controlled just a bit more nimbly, it's possible all of the game's problems would disappear or at least be reduced to much more tolerable levels.
  14. Jan 13, 2012
    83
    All in all for 15 bucks for 1200 Microsoft points you have a lot of game and reasons to replay for quite some time.
  15. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    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 Trials HD, Pinball FX, or Geometry Wars, but Choplifter HD is a great distraction from your usual addictions.
  16. Jan 13, 2012
    60
    Decent flying/shooting action with inertia, humour, and a number of design decisions that combine to provide endless amounts of frustration.
  17. Jan 23, 2012
    75
    If you're looking for a game that can be picked up, enjoyed, and promptly placed back down for another time, not to mention at a price that won't break the bank, Choplifter HD is a solid, recommendable purchase.
  18. Jan 12, 2012
    60
    A very good update of the venerable arcade game and only a few niggles away from being a great game in its own right.
  19. Mar 27, 2012
    72
    Beating levels will unlock different helicopters. So you can replay missions with birds that are faster and can carry more troops. All so you can get better completion times to move up the online leaderboards.
  20. 45
    As you grit your teeth through 30 missions, you'll run into frustration aplenty. [Feb 2012, p.76]
  21. 50
    We're all for dolled up remakes of arcade classics, and those are some lovely backgrounds, but this one needs to be rescued from the limitations of its own design.
  22. Jan 20, 2012
    77
    It's a bit pricey, but it delivers heftily on the great gameplay and supreme challenge, so if you're hardcore, you'll definitely get your money's worth here.
  23. Jan 16, 2012
    65
    Somehow the simple mission style, sharp cheddar-y dialog and voice work, upgrade-unlock-chase (that is in every game these days), and straight-forward controls do add up to having some real charm.
  24. Jan 31, 2012
    40
    Despite the flaws in the execution, it's more Choplifter. And for a select few, that still means something.
  25. Feb 10, 2012
    75
    Choplifter HD is what modern remakes or reboots should be, adherence to tradition with a whole lot of room for advancement and series progression.
  26. Jan 19, 2012
    67
    Quite a decent HD revision of a classic which fans of the original game will like. It keeps its main formula and adds some new features to update the gameplay to current times. However, some aspects needed more polish, as the game turns out to be repetitive and is not very replayable.
  27. Jan 30, 2012
    75
    Choplifter HD is a good - but not great - update to a real classic.
  28. Mar 10, 2012
    60
    As fun as Choplifter can be, it's difficulty will but off most from making that second fly-by. [Issue#82, p.103]
  29. 85
    Choplifter HD is a worthy remake and a fun addition to the arcade library. Its pick up and play gameplay will make it easy for new and old players but difficult to master and complete the game. If you're looking for a quick game of something when time is short then Choplifter HD is the type of game for that situation.
  30. Jan 26, 2012
    58
    While the game in its essence is a side scrolling adventure, the frustrations of combining poor gaming controls with a lackluster HD graphic remake and next to nothing audio work make the 1200 MS point price tag an undisputed rip off of the gaming community.
  31. Jan 30, 2012
    50
    Choplifter HD would be an excellent game in the arcades, mostly because each level only takes a few minutes to complete. Unfortunately, this short length leads to the fact that it's unpleasant to play in the living room. The requirement of multitasking in the heat of battle in the later levels, makes up for this a little bit. We would rather plug in our old NES again.
  32. Jan 19, 2012
    75
    Choplifter HD is not as addictive as the games I have compared it to, but it definitely walks that same line of action. If you enjoy small spurts of game time, with incentive to play levels over and over, this is a must buy. The price tag may be a bit steep for some, but it definitely warrants it if this is your thing. The game is polished, humorous and, most importantly, fun.
User Score
3.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    4
    A new game, based on the old Choplifter: the game has nice graphics and light effects, and some innovations, retaining the basic gameplay ofA new game, based on the old Choplifter: the game has nice graphics and light effects, and some innovations, retaining the basic gameplay of the original, with a 2,5D twist, nevertheless the game has some frustrating moments, with the Helicopter controls (too fast and with little control, like sliding in ice), and few missions in the total, being too much repetitive (trial and error). My score: 4,5 / 10,0 . Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    Other fantastic classic, Choplifther HD is an old version of the classic title, but this version is the better, and the zombie mode, wow, isOther fantastic classic, Choplifther HD is an old version of the classic title, but this version is the better, and the zombie mode, wow, is funny and hard, Choplifter HD is awesome. Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2012
    1
    Choplifter HD is a bad game. No more, no less. Game design is horrible, and do not deserve to honore the true old Choplifter. At 400 MS PointsChoplifter HD is a bad game. No more, no less. Game design is horrible, and do not deserve to honore the true old Choplifter. At 400 MS Points It could be a potential average game, but at 1200 MS Points, the standards are not the same. Full Review »