In Choplifter HD, players take on the role of an up-and-coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team C.H.O.P.R. (Coordinated Helicopter Operations, Preservation and Rescue). Pilots are trained to command a variety of helicopters deployed on a variety of different missions, such as captured military prisoner extraction. Players must bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescue and complete their mission.
The game is based on Choplifter, an Apple II game from 1985. Dan Gorlin, the creator of the original franchise, served as a design consultant for Choplifter HD.