Stunt Copter

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Stunt Copter
Publisher(s)HomeTown Software
Designer(s)Duane Blehm
Platform(s)Macintosh
Release1986
Genre(s)Action

Stunt Copter is a monochrome Macintosh action game written by Duane Blehm and published by his Kansas-based company, HomeTown Software, in 1986.[1][2] Blehm's other games include Cairo Shootout, ZeroGravity, and PUZZ'L. He died unexpectedly in June 1988.[3][4]

Gameplay[edit]

The game involves piloting a small helicopter around a playfield. The player has to position the helicopter and drop a person suspended from the aircraft onto a hay bale or moving cart. If incorrectly timed, the person might fall onto the ground or injure the horse or the driver of the cart.[5]

Legacy[edit]

After his death, his parents released his games and source code into the public domain.[6]

MacAddict magazine used Stunt Copter to demonstrate software compatibility of Mac OS X public beta.[7] An OS X version was released by Antell Software.[8]

A iPhone version was released by nerdgames in 2009.[8][9] In 2011, an iPad version of Stunt Copter was released by Apollo Software which is similar to the original.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Macworld Online, Fun and Games". Macworld. IDG. July 1995. p. 43. ISSN 0741-8647.
  2. ^ Moss, Richard (March 22, 2018). The Secret History of Mac Gaming. Random House.
  3. ^ "Norman Duane "Duane" Blehm (1951-1988)". Find A Grave. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Moss, Richard (September 6, 2017). "Researching Mac gaming history part 2: Usenet". Unbound. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Prevost, Ruffin; Terrell, Rob (1994). "Chapter 5: Fun & Games". The Mac Shareware 500: The Last Word on the Best Virus-Free Mac Shareware, Second Edition. Ventana Press. p. 117. ISBN 1-56604-076-0. For some reason, the game holds a stupid fascination for a few minutes before becoming witless and annoying.
  6. ^ Duane Blehm's Source Code on macintoshgarden.org "Source Code for Duane Blehm's games (Stunt Copter, ZeroGravity, Cairo Shootout), released into the public domain by his parents after his passing."
  7. ^ Sammis, Ian; Reynolds, David (December 2000). "OS X Xposed, Software & Hardware Compatibility". MacAddict. No. 52. Future Network USA. p. 40. ISSN 1088-548X.
  8. ^ a b Patterson, Blake (March 29, 2009). "Simple Mac Classic 'Stunt Copter' Comes to iPhone". TouchArcade. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "StuntCopter". Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Apollo Software - Statys". Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2018.