Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation.
So, it’s another visit to the vault of classics on the Atari 2600.
Activision, still strong to this day, released many hits for the Atari, and indeed spanning across other platforms back in the 80’s, however its not the collection or the mediums under scrutiny here, it’s the utterly amazing… H.E.R.O.
The all important story. Well unusually, the game comes with quite a good one. Our hero (Excuse the plug) is a rescue operative tasked with saving trapped miners beneath the surface amongst hazardous caverns and chambers.
Armed with sticks of TNT and strapped into a micro copter, the mission is to blast away at rock faces to navigate your way to the stranded worker.
Not so fast!!!
The caves soon open up into a myriad of mazes, filled with creepy crawlies and deadly rivers of lava which if you come into contact with leave you burned and bitten.
Engaging lamps and switches to light the way, the caverns become larger and larger. Hovering over watery lakes flying to and fro to reach that stricken survivor before his air runs out, the pressure is always on and requires your years of training to succeed.
The control method was perfect for the game, utilizing the sturdy joystick to hover and drop sticks of dynamite adjacent to rocky walls and downwards through deep tunnels to blast creatures lurking beneath.
Graphically the game was perfect, matching the excellent gameplay and challenge brought to life by Activision and offers the player longevity and a great sense of achievement.
H.E.R.O. was and indeed is, a fantastic game which spawned many incarnations on many home computers such as the Commodore 64, the ZX Spectrum, and other Atari platforms, however it’s here at the beginning, the Atari 2600 which was the original platform for release, which tightened cheeks on the face and indeed the…. Well, lets just say the whole experience is an action packed affair fuelled with adrenaline!
Grab a copy and spin the rotors. You won’t be disappointed.
Review by Rob Joy.