Chopper Command Atari 2600

When I was a wee lad, I found a video game on the Atari 2600 that looked like Choplifter, but was actually called Chopper Command. It had similar graphics and color scheme, so you can understand my confusion.

Chopper Command on the Atari 2600 was a complete ripoff of Defender, except instead of space ships, it was helicopters and such. Lucky for anyone who may have it though, the game is still a lot of fun. Compared to Choplifter, where you have to actually save people individually, there is no need for that. You just blow stuff up. Kind of like the army does in real life. Sort of. Okay, not really.

This game was made by Activision. Although the company may not have the greatest reputation at present, they were known for making excellent quality Atari 2600 games back in the day, and had some of the best programmers during its time such as David Crane. Knowing this, Chopper Command was indisputably a well made game. What is interesting about Chopper Command is that it uses some of the same helicopter graphics that can be seen in River Raid, which was also made by Activision.

There is no excuse why you cannot own Chopper Command on the Atari 2600. It is dirt cheap, easy to find and fun to play. Factor in how addicting it is to collect Atari 2600 games and you have a winner.

If you are the kind of person that prefers to Buy nostalgic toys, This is the Game for you.

By Al

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