Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
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NOT to be confused with the home computer versions which are being handled by US Gold, this offers the same combination of two types of shoot-em-up, in which you view the helicopter from behind or above.
Beginning with the overhead view, waves of helicopters and tanks appear from the top of the screen. The choppers just try to crash into you, except for one nasty guy who hovers on screen and rattles off masses of bullets.
While weaving around blasting, watch out for the tanks which loose off the odd shot. Tanks need to be taken out by using the second fire button, which fires shells down to the ground.
In the second section things work in a similar manner, but everything is viewed from behind the 'copter. The tanks on the ground have much more deadly firepower, but on the plus side, the choppers can no longer crash into you. Enemy planes are thrown in for good measure, but only those that appear a little later on can do any shooting.
Getting through the first two stages is a tall order, but the reward comes in the form of a nice easy strafing job on what looks like a large rocket. It isn't easy for long... a testing bit of obstacle dodging soon follows.
Surprisingly, this is not as close as the computer versions in some aspects of graphics and gameplay.
The main problem is that play is far too difficult. You can eventually learn the way through, but it takes many restarts, and ploughing through the same old start waves soon gets dull.
Too difficult to get you hooked.