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Rating: 4.55/5 stars (29 ratings)

Helicops! Instructions

Move left using 'a' or the left arrow button. Move right using 'd' or the right arrow button. Move forward using 'w' or the up arrow button. Move backward using 's' or the down arrow button. Aim with the mouse. Fire with the left mouse button. Fire continuously by holding down the left mouse button. Switch weapons by hitting the 'shift' key. Pause the game by pressing 'p'.

Helicops! Walkthrough

Helicops is a fun and engrossing helicopter shooting game in which your mission is to take out as many enemy copters as you can without being killed yourself. The number of enemy helicopters you need to destroy increases as the game progresses as does the strength of the copters you need to destroy. This means things can get pretty difficult fairly quickly. Newcomers to helicopter shooting games are likely going to have a hard time with the controls of this game. There are two game play options available. For newcomers who aren't yet familiar with either control set scheme, try out a wave or two in both settings and decide which one you like the most and which one you are most comfortable playing. Experienced players will likely enjoy the fact that they can choose the controls they like using the most. For experienced players, the first few levels of the game will be fairly easy while newcomers may struggle from the start. Stick with it. It gets easier.

All of the information you need to make it through Helicops is shown along the bottom of the screen. Make sure you keep an eye on it. You'll need it. On the left side of the screen you'll see your mini map. The mini map is a great tool for navigation. Since you need to destroy a certain number of enemy copters to reach each check point and progress in the game, it's a great help if you know where to go to find them. Your mini map indicates where your enemies are with red triangles. Use the map to find enemies to take them out and to prepare yourself for attack. To the right of your mini map you have your current health and the amount of money you have. Money is important to buy upgrades that can help you get further in the game. You start out with rather minimal maximum health but that maximum can be upgraded. This helps you significantly as you will be able to take far more damage from your enemies with a higher maximum health which will help you last longer in the game. To the right of your health and money, you'll see your weapon information. When you buy a new weapon and if you have ammo for it, it will show as available in this bottom panel. Take advantage of all the weapons you have in your arsenal when you are faced with tough enemies. Above the icon for the weapons you want to use, you'll see the key you need to hit on your keyboard to activate that weapon. It's a good idea to familiarize with where these keys are and be ready to use them when the action gets a little more fast paced.

Upgrades, which can also be purchased between waves, are extremely important in Helicops. You'll also need to take advantage of the upgrades available to you if you want to make it through the game. This is generally true of most of the helicopter shooting games online, but is especially true here. When you begin your copter is very basic. It can't take or inflict much damage. Upgrading will help significantly in both of those areas. Buy ammo for more powerful weapons. You'll need it when you get to some of the harder enemies you need to take on later in the game. The rocket launcher is especially useful. It delivers quite a punch to your enemies but ammo isn't quite as expensive as some of the other, more advanced, weapons. The rocket launcher is ideal as it will be able to get you through most of the more difficult levels without costing a lot of money. That doesn't mean you won't have to spend the money on more expensive weapons later in the game when things start getting really challenging, but the less expensive upgrades should be able to get you through the majority of the game.

The best way to beat Helicops is to focus on upgrading the max health of your copter first. Although the weapons upgrades are great, making sure your helipcopter can stand up to an attack is the best way to last as long as possible in the game. If you have your helicopter's health upgraded fully, you don't have to worry as much about getting hit by enemy fire and are able to focus instead on taking out those enemies. You can fly into more dangerous situations and take out enemies quickly even though you know your copter will take some damage. Don't worry about it too much. Fully upgraded maximum health will definitely help you stand up to the attack. Until you have the money to upgrade your health, though, it's a good idea to stay back and allow the enemies to come to you. Watch your mini map and keep an eye on where your enemies are at all times. Watch for the ones getting closest to you and do what you can to defend yourself. The health you start the game with won't get you very far, but if you're careful, you should be able to make it through.

Overall, Helicops is one of the most addictive helicopter shooting games online. The game play is unique and the graphics in the game are entertaining. It isn't an easy game by any stretch of the imagination but that's really what makes it so much fun. Newcomers are probably going to feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning and a lot overwhelmed as the game progresses, but the game never feels impossible. As beginners play they will be able to sharpen their skills and get more familiar with what's being asked of them. Experienced players are going to delight in the graphics and are going to love the challenge the game offers. This is an excellent game anyone who considers themselves of a fan of helicopter shooting games needs to play at least once. Just don't be surprised when you find yourself coming back for more game after game.