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Tiger-Heli Tiger-Heli - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tiger-Heli - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Players pilot a helicopter in this top-view scrolling shooter. Little side or forward firing helicopters may be picked up and will fly alongside the main helicopter, shooting at enemies.

Tiger-Heli was produced by Taito in 1985.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Tiger-Heli was produced include: Starforce, Field Day, Cosmopolis, Zeke's Peak, Victorious Nine, Fairyland Story, Go Go Mr. Yamaguchi, Gyrodine, Legend Of Kage, The, and Mat Mania


Name Tiger-Heli
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10112
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Tiger-Heli Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Tiger-Heli Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

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

Game Introduction

Blast everything. Civilian cars and houses, etc. Players start with three lives. Bonus lives are awarded at 20000 points and every 80000 points thereafter. A maximum of five lives may be available. Players may carry a maximum of two bombs and two side little helicopters. The game is divided into six or seven stages. At the end of each stage is a helipad. A 5000 point bonus is awarded for each bomb and little helicopter remaining at the end of the stage. After the final stage, the game repeats at stage two at an accelerated pace.

Game Play

Shots travel a limited distance and will not cover the entire playfield. Bombs destroy all targets within a circular area around the helicopter.

Be sure to blast the diamond shape that appears and disappears. Shooting ten of the disappearing diamonds gives an extra life.

Diamonds shot are shown on the counter in the lower right corner of the screen. Lives left are shown in the counter on the lower left corner of the screen.

One target is a square with an alternating red, white, or blue cross on it. Shooting the cross when it is red will give you a red side firing little heli. Shooting it when it is white will give you a white forward firing little heli. Shooting it when it is blue will give you a bomb. You may only carry two little helis and two bombs. If you already have two little helis, none will appear when you shoot the cross, however, if you already have two bombs a bomb will appear and is worth 5000 points if picked up. The large three-gun tanks are easiest to kill with two white little helis.

Tiger-Heli KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.52 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.00

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) -1.00
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 2.00

Gameplay 3.00
Graphics 3.00
Originality 1.00
Sound/Music -1.00

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

There are 16 targets between the start of the game and the first set of railroad tracks. If you fire exactly 16 32, 48, 64, etc. shots and keep the heli below the tracks, the race car will cross the tracks. It is worth 10,000 points.PNear the beginning there is a school house with a red drum on the top. If you hit the red drum enough times, youll get a 10,000 point bonus.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tiger-Heli 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 90 known instances of this machine owned by Tiger-Heli collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. 13 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 71 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 7 active VAPS members with a Tiger-Heli circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 29 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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


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