Chopper Command

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Chopper Command
Chopper Command cover.jpg
Designer(s)Bob Whitehead
Platform(s)Atari 2600
ReleaseJune 1982
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter

Chopper Command is a horizontally scrolling shooter released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in June 1982. It was written by Bob Whitehead.[1]


Helicopter protecting convoy of trucks

In Chopper Command the player controls a military helicopter in a desert scenario protecting a convoy of trucks. The goal is to destroy all enemy fighter jets and helicopters that attack the player's helicopter and the friendly trucks traveling below, ending the current wave.[2] The game ends when the player loses all of his or her lives or reaches 999,999 points. A radar, called a Long Range Scanner in the instruction manual,[1] shows all enemies, including those not visible on the main screen.

The player's helicopter is destroyed if it collides with an enemy aircraft or a truck (which would destroy the truck as well) or if it is shot by an enemy bullet. The enemy bullet splits in two one going up and one going down. Using the "A" difficulty level results in a slower player shot.

Each enemy helicopter is 100 points and each enemy jet is 200 points. After each wave, bonus points are awarded for remaining trucks.

A player who achieved 10,000 points could send in a photo of the TV screen and receive a "Chopper Commandos" patch.[3]


Richard A. Edwards reviewed Chopper Command in The Space Gamer No. 56.[4] Edwards commented that "It is well-done, but if you wish to avoid another arcade shooting match, even if it has nice sound and graphics, then pass it up."[4]

Computer and Video Games magazine reviewed the game in 1989, giving it an 83% score and noting it was very similar to Defender.[5] Brett Weiss referred to it as "Defender in the desert".[2]

Chopper Command won "Best Action Video Game" at the 4th annual Arkie Awards.[6]: 108 


Chopper Command can be found on the Activision Anthology.[7]


  1. ^ a b Chopper Command Manual. Activision. 1982.
  2. ^ a b Weiss, Brett (2011-12-20). Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984: A Complete Reference Guide. McFarland. ISBN 9780786487554. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Activision Patch Gallery". AtariAge.
  4. ^ a b Edwards, Richard A. (October 1982). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games (56): 34.
  5. ^ "Complete Games Guide" (PDF). Computer and Video Games (Complete Guide to Consoles): 46–77. 16 October 1989.
  6. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (February 1983). "Arcade Alley: The Fourth Annual Arcade Awards". Video. Reese Communications. 6 (11): 30, 108. ISSN 0147-8907.
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