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Tony Beckwith
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Clare Edgeley
Chris Bourne

ANOTHER original game of 'grab the survivor and we'll bomb the rest' has been released by Firebird.

Though Helichopper scores nothing for innovation, it is saved from being totally awful by fast and clear graphics.

Zip down in your copter and spend a harrowing few moments ferrying a little pink Clone across a duck pond to deposit him on a ladder.

You can only deposit a Clone when the rung above you changes white.

Bombs and balloons move slowly upwards to annihilate you and killer 22 ducks are rife. The chopper has unlimited bombs and you can rain those on the heads of the hapless birds.

Further screens are about as exciting as a wet sponge and follow the same pattern with minor differences.

Clare Edgeley

Publisher: Firebird
Price: £2.50
Memory: 48K
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair Cursor