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Choplifter - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Fly a helicopter on missions to rescue P.O.W.s. Four different levels featuring desert, sea, caves and city rescue. Avoid and shoot enemy jets, ships, tanks anti-aircraft fire. Digitized speech and catchy background music.

Choplifter was produced by Sega in 1985.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Choplifter was produced include: Spatter, Shooting Master, Mister Viking, GP World, Future Spy, 4-D Warriors, Albegas, Angel Kids, Bank Panic, and Crowns Golf In Hawaii


Name Choplifter
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7333
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Sega System 8
Game Specific Choplifter Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Choplifter Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireRotate
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Choplifter Control Panel Image
Side Art Choplifter Side Art Image
PCB Choplifter PCB Image

Game Play

Basic idea is to fly your helicopter to each 'prison' and shoot the door off. Be careful not to shoot any of the POWs as they escape, land then pick up the prisoners and return back to base, you get additional fuel for each prisoner returned you carry a maximum of 8 at a time. Idea is to rescue more than 20 prisoners per level, if you get shot down and lose too many the level restarts. Bit Bonus points for rescuing maximum number of prisoners 24. Spending too much time of the ground alerts tanks, or flying saucers on later levels to your location they appear at the bottom of the screen and start to shell you. Also be careful of rotor blades and landing on/shooting POWs. Great digitized music, and speech. POW's shout 'don't leave' if you fly off without them. Or scream when they're killed. The screen features some really nice parallax scrolling, especially on the first level, and lots of color. All powered by a z80.

Choplifter KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.40 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.35

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 2.75
Fun (Solo) 3.75
Collector Desire 2.33

Technical Rating: 3.44

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 3.50
Originality 3.25
Sound/Music 3.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The history of this game is interesting: Sega licensed it from Brderbund from an original game for the Apple II computer.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Choplifter Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 169 known instances of this machine owned by Choplifter collectors who are active members. Of these, 26 of them are original dedicated machines. 35 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 108 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Choplifter machines for sale. There are 13 active VAPS members with a Choplifter circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Choplifter. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Choplifter circuit board set.

This game ranks a 47 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Sega Board ID: 834-5795-03
Sega ROM Numbers: 7120-7123, 7127-7130, 7152-7154


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