History Of Helicopter Simulations

- Past, Present And Future -


This website was originally intended to be just an article, to be put on one of my other websites and/or to published at SimHQ. My initial name for it was going to be Combat Helicopter Simulations - Past, Present And Future. Afterwards I thought that perhaps I should do an article with little or no text and just have screenshots from the various helo sims, this would have been called Helicopter Simulations In Pictures. Finally, I settled on what you see here in front of you.

I originally called this site History Of Combat Helicopter Simulations, but then decided on just History Of Helicopter Simulations as I may include civilian/mixed heli sims later on.

* Only the 'serious' helicopter simulations are listed here, and all sims have 3D graphics or appear 3D using 2D graphics. There are no 'sims' that are arcade top-down perspective nor are there any 'sims' that are merely arcade side-scrollers or shoot-em up's.
* Only 'built from the ground up' sims are listed, and no games that just feature helicopters or mods for first-person shooters are included.
* Some screenshots may have been reduced in size and/or quality to limit filesizes and do not represent the full quality and detail that is available in-game.
* All screenshots are for the PC (Windows) versions of the games unless otherwise stated.
* All screenshots are of the original (unmodded) versions of the games (official patched versions class as original) unless otherwise stated.
* All screenshots are by the webmaster unless otherwise stated.
* Box shots may be added at a later date.
* Developers and release dates listed are for first versions/releases only. Subsequent release details not specified.
* Where games have come out in the same year, I have listed them alphabetically.
* Key: (Developer / Year of release / Platform)


Super Huey UH-IX (Cosmi Corporation / 1985 / Amiga, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS)

Tomahawk (Digital Integration / 1985 / Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum)

Gunship (MicroProse Software / 1986 / Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, PC-98, ZX Spectrum)
Image#1 / Image#2

Infiltrator (Chris Gray Enterprises Inc. / 1986 / Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum)

Super Huey II (Cosmi Corporation / 1986 / Commodore 64, DOS)

3-D Helicopter Simulator (Sierra On-Line / 1987 / DOS)
Video: 3-D Helicopter Simulator Demo

Apache Strike (William C. Appleton (for Mac) / 1987 / Commodore 64, Apple Macintosh, MS-DOS)

Infiltrator II (Chris Gray Enterprises Inc. / 1988 / Commodore 64, DOS, NES)


LHX: Attack Chopper (Electronic Arts / 1990 / DOS, Genesis)
Image#1 / Image#2 (both from Sega Genesis)

Gunship 2000 (MicroProse Software / 1991 / Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Gunship 2000

Gunship 2000 Scenario Disk and Mission Builder (MicroProse Software / 1991 / DOS)
Add-on disk for Gunship 2000.

Thunderhawk AH-73M (Core Design Ltd. / 1991 / Amiga, Atari ST, DOS)

ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs (Argonaut Software Ltd. / 1992 / DOS)

Comanche: Maximum Overkill (NovaLogic / 1992 / DOS)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Comanche: Maximum Overkill in DOSBox

Steel Talons (Atari Games / 1992 / Atari ST, Genesis, Lynx, SNES)

Comanche: Global Challenge (NovaLogic / 1993 / DOS)
First add-on for Comanche: Maximum Overkill.

Comanche: Over The Edge (NovaLogic / 1993 / DOS)
Second add-on for Comanche: Maximum Overkill.

Comanche CD (NovaLogic / 1994 / DOS, Macintosh)
Compilation of Comanche: Maximum Overkill (base game), Comanche: Global Challenge (add-on), Comanche: Over The Edge (add-on)

Apache (Digital Integration / 1995 / DOS, Macintosh, Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2

Comanche 2 (NovaLogic / 1995 / DOS, Windows 3.x)

Ka-50 Hokum (Simis Limited / 1995 / DOS)

Werewolf vs. Comanche 2.0 (NovaLogic / 1995 / DOS)

Das Hexagon-Kartell (ASCARON Entertainment GmbH / 1996 / DOS)
Image#1 / Image#2 / Image#3 / Image#4 / Image#5 (thanks to warthog77 for the screenshots)

HIND: The Russian Combat Helicopter Simulation (Digital Integration / 1996 / DOS, Macintosh, Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow (ORIGIN Systems / 1996 / DOS)
Image#1 / Image#2

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow: Flash Point Korea (ORIGIN Systems / 1996 / DOS)
Expansion pack for Jane's AH-64D Longbow.

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow (Limited Edition) (ORIGIN Systems / 1996 / DOS)
Budget edition of Jane's AH-64D Longbow.

SimCopter (Maxis Software / 1996 / Windows)
Video: SimCopter

AHx-1 (Pixel Multimedia / 1997 / Windows)

Comanche 3 (NovaLogic / 1997 / DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x)
Video: Comanche 3

Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 2 (ORIGIN Systems / 1997 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Longbow 2 Battlefield Action

Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow Gold (ORIGIN Systems / 1997 / DOS, Windows)
Compilation of Jane's AH-64D Longbow and the expansion disk Flash Point: Korea, in addition the executable is now Windows compatible.
Image#1 / Image#2

Comanche Gold (NovaLogic / 1998 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Novalogic Comanche Gold Demo

Enemy Engaged: Apache/Havoc (Razorworks / 1998 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2

Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow Anthology (ORIGIN Systems / 1998 / DOS, Windows)
Compilation of Jane's AH-64D Longbow, the mission disk Flash Point Korea, and Longbow 2 in one package, with an abbreviated manual.

Team Apache (Simis / 1998 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: team apache

Gunship! (MicroProse Software / 1999 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2


Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche versus Ka-52 Hokum (Razorworks / 2000 / Macintosh, Windows)
Image#1 (unknown source; with community updated AH-64D cockpit) / Image#2

Ka-52 Team Alligator (Simis / 2000 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: KA-52 Team Alligator - Start-up and take-off

Search And Rescue 2 (InterActive Vision / 2000 / Windows)

Comanche 4 (NovaLogic / 2001 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Comanche 4 mission w/ Logitech Force 3D

R/C Helicopter: Indoor Flight Simulation (Aqua System Co., Ltd. / 2001 / PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

Search And Rescue 3 (InterActive Vision / 2001 / Windows)

Apache Air Assault (InterActive Vision / 2002 / PlayStation 2, Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2
Video: Apache Air Assault 'The Training Camp'

Red Shark (G5 Software / 2002 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2

Red Shark 2 (G5 Software / ? / Windows)

Search And Rescue: Vietnam MED+EVAC (InterActive Vision / 2002 / Windows) Image#1 / Image#2

Search And Rescue 4 (InterActive Vision / 2003 / Windows)

Super Huey III (Webfoot Technologies / 2003 / Windows)

Apache Longbow Assault (InterActive Vision / 2004 / Windows)
Video: Apache Longbow Assault - Decoy

Fair Strike (G5 Software / 2004 / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2

Flight Sim: Chopper Havoc! (Abacus Software / 2004 / Windows)
Expansion Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 & 2002

Black Hawk (Abacus / 2007 / Windows)
Black Hawk is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and FS2004 and lets you fly Black Hawks, Sea Hawks, Pave Hawks, and Jay Hawks.

Enemy Engaged 2 (Gameyus Interactive / 2007 / Windows)
Video: Enemy Engaged 2 "Marine Attack" hardcore

Mission: Blackhawk (Abacus Software / 2007 / Windows)
Add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Whirlwind Over Vietnam (G5 Software / 2007 / Windows)
Video: Whirlwind Over Vietnam

Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark (Eagle Dynamics / 2008 (Russia), 2009 (North America) / Windows)
Image#1 / Image#2 (both unknown source)
Video: DCS: Black Shark - English Version

Apache: Air Assault (Gaijin / 2010 / PS3, X360)

Take On Helicopters (Bohemia Interactive / 2011 / Windows)
Video: Take On Helicopters - Launch Trailer!

Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark 2 (Eagle Dynamics / 2011 / Windows)
Really just an upgrade for DCS: Black Shark.
Video: DCS: Black Shark 2

Take On Helicopters: Hinds (Bohemia Interactive / 2012 / Windows)
Video: Take On Helicopters: Hinds - Launch Trailer!

Combat-Helo (Tricubic Studios / 2012? / Windows)
Image#1 (from Combat Helo Dev Blog)

And while not strictly a simulation, who could forget the legendary...

Desert Strike: Return To The Gulf (Electronic Arts / 1992 / Amiga, DOS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, Genesis, Lynx, SEGA Master System, SNES)


MiGMan's Flight Simulation Museum - for a complete archive of all sims, not just helicopter ones

CoolROM.com - ROMs and Emulators for games consoles

The Old Computer - Emulators and ROM files for PC abandonware and games consoles (Note: to download files you must be a Registered User)
    - Direct link to the ROMs section
    - Direct link to PC Abandonware for MS-DOS


Information: GameSpot / MobyGames
Screenshots: My own and where stated.
Video: YouTube

Thanks to warthog77 for telling me about ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs, Das Hexagon-Kartell and Thunderhawk AH-73M.

Know a sim I haven't got listed? E-mail me

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"Nice idea!" -- Para_Bellum

"very cool! I do not fly helicopter sims, but I think that people documenting game genre developments/evolutions is so fascintating!!" -- Patrocles

"Nice list. Oh, so much Helicopter Sims/Games in the past..." -- EagleEye[GER]

"found your website and i have to say: GREAT work!" -- warthog77