Helicopter Games

Can you talk about helicopter games without shouting “GET TO THE CHOPPER” at least once? We do not think so! Anyway, there have been some awesome games that let you pilot a badass helicopter dating all the way back to the arcades in the 80s! We have put together an amazing selection of games that let you blow stuff up while taking the controls of a helicopter and today we are sharing with you just a few of the highlights!

The Strike series from EA is probably what most people think of when the subject of helicopter games is brought up! You would have to say that the first two Desert Strike and Jungle Strike are probably the most iconic of the series. They feature great action, but there is also a fair bit of brainpower required here too. These games were also released on pretty much anything that could play a video game back in the day too which is pretty cool. Some of the later games in the series such as Urban Strike are kind of interesting too. While, you still pilot a helicopter here, there are also some on foot sections too which are pretty interesting.

If you want to check out an arcade classic when it comes to helicopter games then take a look at Super Thunder Blade which was also ported to the Sega Mega Drive. Ok, so this may be a tad on the choppy side (choppy, a great unintended pun!) however, it still has some real charm and it was a pretty early hit for Sega’s 16-bit powerhouse. Another fun 16-bit shooter from the Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive is Red Zone which is actually a bit of a hidden gem and a game not too many people talk about. However, if you want to blow stuff up and feel badass while piloting a helicopter it is well worth checking out.

It was not just the 16-bt era that had it going on when it came to helicopter games. The NES had some fantastic games that let you take to the air in a helicopter. Probably the most famous one is the action-packed, fun, and challenging arcade style shooter, Tiger-Heli which is a game that pretty much everyone had back in the day. This lets you fly a stealth jetcopter that has some amazing firepower. Another fun 8-bit NES game worth checking out is Twin Cobra which is here on this helicopter games list, but this has a great deal in common with the classic arcade vertical shooters of the late 80s. It offers amazing powerups, tough boss battles, and a whole lot of action. It is tough as nails, but so rewarding when you figure it all out. It is also worth noting that if you like the NES version, there is also a version for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis which kicks things up a notch!

As you can see, you have a great selection of helicopter games to check out here. Blasting stuff away while taking the controls of a helicopter is something that will never not be cool! Go for the high score, complete the mission, or just have fun shooting stuff as that is what games like these are all about!

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Sega Genesis SNES

Desert Strike

Desert Strike Game
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  • Air Cavalry
    Air Cavalry This fun filled, action packed, military combat game allows you take part in covert and diverse helicopter missions.
  • Choplifter III
    Choplifter III The gameplay revolves around piloting a rescue helicopter into hostile territory and rescuing hostages.
Desert Strike is a helicopter game. There is a wide variety of missions including destroying targets, rescuing prisoners, capturing an ambassador, stopping an oil spill, and taking out SCUD launchers.
Sega Genesis SNES

Jungle Strike

Jungle Strike Game
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This is a decent sequel to EA's Desert Strike. Like the first game, you control a helicopter on a series of military missions.
Sega Genesis

Red Zone

Red Zone Game
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  • A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol
    A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol Isometric shooter, military style game, based in part on the Gulf War in the 1990s, single player.
  • Choplifter III
    Choplifter III The gameplay revolves around piloting a rescue helicopter into hostile territory and rescuing hostages.
Madman Ivan Retovitz rips off an arsenal of USSR nuclear weapons and threatens to transform the world into a radioactive desert. As the leader of three covert commandos, you must pilot the AH-648 Apache fighter chopper and traverse the underground bunkers to destroy the nuclear madman. Features full-rotating, fully textured background graphics. Real 3D - view enemies, ammo caches and other objects from all sides. A realtime zoomable map for finding targets. Fluid, easy character movement in six different directions.

LHX Attack Chopper

Be the first to fly the high-tech LHX, America's next generation combat helicopter.
Sega Genesis

Urban Strike

Urban Strike is the first, and only, game in the Strike series to feature non-vehicular combat. In some levels you will leave your helicopter and proceed on foot.
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Sega Genesis SNES

Gunship

Gunship features the AH-64 Apache helicopter. Your objective is to pilot the chopper through various terrains searching for enemies and completing mission objectives.
Sega Genesis

Mega SWIV

Mega SWIV is a top-down shoot 'em up released for the Mega Drive.
Sega Genesis

Steel Talons

Many pilots dream of becoming a member of the elite Steel Talons, the Air Force's equivalent to the Army's Green Berets and the Navy's Seals, but only the best will get that chance.
Sega Genesis SNES

Ultimate Tiger (Kyuukyou Tiger)

Twin Cobra is a Shoot-'Em-Up game, developed by Graphic Research and published by Sega, which was released in 1991.
Sega Genesis

Choplifter III

The gameplay revolves around piloting a rescue helicopter into hostile territory and rescuing hostages.
SNES

Air Cavalry

This fun filled, action packed, military combat game allows you take part in covert and diverse helicopter missions.
SNES

Twin Cobra

It is a two-player helicopter scrolling shooting game. The game is a sequel to Tiger Heli.
Sega Genesis NES

Firehawk

This is one of the best helicopter combat carts currently cruising the NES skies.
NES

Silkworm

Players grab hold of the controls to perform aerial acrobatics with massive jet-powered helicopter gunships.
NES

D-Force

It's a vertical scrolling video game that allows you, as the player, to take action guiding an Apache helicopter in defeating the enemy dictator in the Middle East.
SNES

Super Thunder Blade

It is a shooter for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console, published by Sega and a launch title for the console. It is a follow-up to the arcade game Thunder Blade
Sega Genesis

Fire Blade

Helicopter simulations have never been able to find solid ground in the console arena as PCs have given them their largest and most consistent market.

SimCopter

Climb aboard and the radio starts blaring music and commercials.