For those who have ever played games such as Jetman or The Helicopter Game on their computer, you know how fun and frustrating things can be when trying to fly in a virtual world. Now, with Helicopter by Ashu Desai, users can experience this challenging flight path right on their Apple device as they navigate through obstacles while attempting to master the necessary movements for success.
When you begin, the first prompt will alert you to the fact that tapping the Instructions button will teach you how to play and tapping the helicopter will allow you to change your character. What you will discover, however, is that these new characters will unlock as you progress, a new one becoming available each time you reach a given milestone. You may also wish to connect to your Game Center account so you can submit your scores online to compare your skills with those of friends and gamers worldwide.
Tap to start exploring the cave, but be careful not to hit any of the walls or pillars, for collisions will end your flying streak. Observe your current game score in the bottom left corner, while your highest score ever sits in the bottom right corner. At the end of each game, the View Scores button appears so you can check out how your competitors are fairing.
To maneuver, users must touch the screen to lift the helicopter upward and release their touch to make the helicopter drop. However, it may take quite a number of tries before you begin to get the hang of maneuvering your helicopter without overcompensating and hitting the walls. Just like the computer version, the more you play, the more you begin to realize how aggravating this game truly is, but that actually contributes to the joys of such a challenge.
Helicopter [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.