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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game Pick of the Week
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I haven't featured a game on the PotW since July, so it seemed it was time ... last week, I heard about the iDevGames gaming contest (their site seems to be down right now). I visited the site and downloaded a bunch of the entries. While all of them are interesting and there are clearly some incredibly talented folks out there, I was most impressed by Chopper. Years ago, I was addicted to Choplifter on the Apple ][ (check out these screenshots ... amazing how far we've come! Note - those are C64 shots; can't find Apple ][ shots! ) ... and Chopper is a nicely updated version of this side-scrolling classic. Now taking advantage of OpenGL and photo-realistic scenery, the basic premise is the same as the original - rescue folks with your helicopter while avoiding bad guys. You have missles, bullets, and bombs (in limited numbers) with which to defend the copter. You land next to the folks that need rescuing, they climb in the chopper, and you ferry them out to safety.

Simple in principle, addicting in execution, Chopper is a perfect way to waste a few spare minutes ... and it runs in either a window or full-screen mode, and has some other nice touches -- note the way the menu background cycles from daylight to night time if you just leave it sitting there. Chopper is a fun and interesting diversion from the usual workload...
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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: dhayton on Dec 15, '03 12:00:20PM

I downloaded this game over the weekend and had a great time playing it. I recommend it to all the Choplifter fans out there. I felt like a little kid again.

darin



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: LC on Dec 15, '03 12:10:28PM

The retrogames link to the C64 screenshots ... I recall the Apple game
having much better graphics (i.e. higher resolution, etc.) Larry.



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: robg on Dec 15, '03 12:28:17PM

Yea, I just noticed that; should've caught it before posting ... looking now for an Apple ][ shot (anyone got one??).

-rob.



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: dhayton on Dec 15, '03 12:35:52PM

Try this page <http://www.mobygames.com/game/shots/gameId,8127/>.

best,
d



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: LC on Dec 15, '03 12:45:26PM

Well, at least the colors differed from C64; that's better!



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: robg on Dec 15, '03 01:02:08PM

Yep, that's the one :) -- thanks for the digging!

-rob.



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The ol' Apple IIe
Authored by: trinitrotoluene on Dec 15, '03 01:44:52PM

Got one at home with Choplifter, but I'm still at college now so can't get pics of it.



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We need a Remake of Armor Alley!
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Dec 15, '03 01:01:21PM

We need a Remake of Armor Alley!
That game rocked - strategy and action!



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We need a Remake of Armor Alley!
Authored by: jaysedai on Dec 15, '03 01:06:12PM

Agreed! Arguably one of the first "strategy" games ever. Loved it!



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: mbenchoff on Dec 15, '03 01:37:55PM

If we're going to wish for ports of old games, what about (for the C64) Jumpan Jr., Loderunner, and Sword of Fargoal? My mom even loved Sword of Fargoal (in fact, she made it further than anyone I ever knew)!



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: thoughton on Dec 15, '03 01:58:43PM

Dunno about the other two games you mentioned, but LodeRunner at least has been released several times for the Mac - both the 'official' game and assorted clones.

HTH! :)



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Add to that...
Authored by: jscotta on Dec 15, '03 06:32:58PM

...The Ancient Art of War and The Ancient Art of War at Sea. Both were simple but addicting games.

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Windows because I have to. OS X because I want to.



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: Mac4prepress on Dec 15, '03 06:20:58PM

A modern version but a little bit different under OS X :
BushFire from Strange Flavour - www.strangeflavour.com



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Chopper - A remake of a classic Apple ][ game
Authored by: Morky on Dec 15, '03 10:45:47PM

It's available on Apple's site:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/games/chopper.html



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Oooh! How about "Castles of Dr. Creep"?!
Authored by: jtrascap on Dec 16, '03 03:47:06AM

Another Broederbund classic game - I can't ever get it to run on the C64 emulators. I'd easily pay $20 for it...it was so much fun. Multi-level puzzle game with multiple screens per level - amazing in those days - you had to turn on and off switches, dodge bats, frankenstein monsters and lightning generators (amongst others) in 1 room and then possibly move to another room to do the same, all to escape the 30 levels. I've never stayed-up so much playing a game.

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DOS? fsck that!!



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How about....
Authored by: Wet Jimmy on Dec 16, '03 07:10:27PM

If only this talented author could set about making a remake of my all time favourite Apple IIe game - Aztec!

Hmm... Makes me feel like brushing the dust off the ol' hunk of junk!



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How about....
Authored by: ubrgeek on Dec 17, '03 07:41:58PM

Gotta love the dynamite blowing away part of the floor so you could fall through before the walls closed ... *grin*



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Loom
Authored by: SeanAhern on Dec 18, '03 11:58:38PM

I want to play that old game, Loom, on my Mac. I'd be willing to pay money for it.

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Loom
Authored by: corvus on Dec 22, '03 08:40:17PM
Keep your eye on this project: SCUMM VM

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