Windows - 1996
Description of SimCopter Windows
One of the most original - and most overlooked - entries in Maxis' blockbuster SimCity series, SimCopter is an interesting and fun simulation that lets you get up close and personal with your own city. Games Domain's review says it all:
"SimCopter puts the player in the role of a jobbing helicopter pilot seeking a living by moving from city to city existing on the meager payments they receive for such deeds as plucking citizens from the roofs of burning buildings and suppressing riots. As it says prominently on the SimCopter box, Sim City 2000 is not required to play SimCopter as the game comes with 30 cities of its own. Should you already own a copy of Sim City 2000 (and lets face it, who doesn't), you can load any city you have created into SimCopter and fly through it to your heart's content.
There are two modes of play. In the career mode, you fly through SimCopter's own cities trying to earn enough points to proceed to the next city where tougher tasks will await you. When you move from city to city, you take all your helicopters and cash with you. There are ten levels of difficulty, and the player has the option of progressing to the next level of difficulty or moving to another city at the same difficulty level as their present city at the end of the level. In user mode on the other hand, you are flying through a city you have created yourself (or at least downloaded from one of the numerous SimCity 2000 web sites to be found on the net).
There is no career to follow but a number of sliders allows you to choose what kinds of missions and their difficulty will be offered to you. There are nine types of mission in SimCopter ranging from the humdrum (clearing traffic jams) to the heroic (plucking sims from the top of speeding trains) and the fascist (putting down riots). Obviously special equipment will be needed for many of these tasks but luckily there is a shop in your home hanger which can provide you with all the necessities of life as a chopper pilot. All you need is the cash to buy them.
You start your career with the smallest chopper in the game, a dinky three seater with the carrying capacity of a gnat. Soon though as the money comes rolling in, you will be able to trade it in for bigger and better things. There are eight helicopters on offer in the hanger but find yourself a military base somewhere in your city and you may be able to lay your hands on something far more suitable for putting down riots.
The gameplay in SimCopter is absorbing and satisfying, but what makes the game a bit special is all the little extra touches Maxis has seen fit to include in the game. Tired of a passenger? Drag them to the main screen using the mouse and you can throw them out. Do this several hundred feet up in the air and as you drag them, a look of terror comes over their features and their hair stands on end. Naturally you lose points if you actually let go. Fly low over the hills which surround the city and you will see that they teem with wild life.
The adverts on the radio are highly entertaining, many of them taking sly digs at other Sim games and the comments which emerge from the chopper's load hailer can sometimes be a bit shocking. SimCopter actually has a fairly detailed flight model which models things like the effects of having a large bucket full of water suspended 50 feet below your helicopter pretty well. What was drastically simplified was the control system. Basically, you pushed forward on the joystick to accelerate forward, pulled back to decelerate or fly backwards and moved the stick left and right to turn left and right. Two buttons or keys controlled rising and falling and if these buttons weren't pressed, then the altitude remained the same, no matter how fast the chopper was going or what maneuvers it was performing. In addition, pushing another button allowed the machine to slide from side to side without turning in true DOOM straffing style.
To a realism freak like myself, this might have proved to be a damming failure in the game but after about five minutes of playing, I found that I didn't care. The game was challenging enough as it was and If a challenge was required, I could always try flying everywhere with a full tank of water. For the dedicated sim player looking for something a little bit different or the action fiend looking for a breaking from endless mindless slaughter, SimCopter has a lot to offer. It is a well thought out polished product which provided a carefully graded long term challenge and in addition offers the player the chance to fly through their own creations."
All in all, a fun game which is much better than Streets of Sim City which came out a year earlier.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Wulfjägger 2018-07-11 1 point
Cant for the life of me get it to work in any way on windows 10.Tried DosBox,compatibily settings,etc.Any one have a solution?
Gernot66 2018-06-19 0 point
ok if i link a clip of simcopter in 3dfx (demo)mode?
you will find a link in the comment for a special simcopter.iso file wich contains my career mod and other extras as glidewrappers to run the 3dfx demo ot dxwnd to manage compatibility problems.
Masterjedi170 2018-04-08 7 points
Guys, can anybody please build a fix for windows 10? I know somebody did streets of simcity, army men, and other older pc games. Please help us out to make this classic game work on the newer systems.
Zoltan 2018-03-16 1 point
Inspired my young son to become a helicopter pilot! For a good decade, he refused to spend money on anything, insisting on saving the money to buy a helicopter--if you played the game you know you can get one for a mere 2000. We were devastated when the Win98 completely fell apart and we discovered that it did not run on the OS du jour.
Unlike many games, you had many different missions you could set, then when flying you could ignore them or not. Makes no pretense of simulation or fluing skill, though coaxing a damaged bird along does take its own kind of skill. They had "radio" tracks of classical and jazz playing, interspersed with with stupid commercials.
Impossible to relate how cool this game is.
We need this game
lemur83 2017-10-26 -1 point
OMG God this is a game i played the hell out of growing up. How many times remember throwing some annoying passenger out of my chopper, and then of course....now they are injured so get to go pick them back up and either do it again for fun or deliver their puking butt to the hospital then throw them out..
Another fun thing was at the start before you have a harness, trying to rescue capsized boat.....what do you mean you cant swim.......
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