Chopper I

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Chopper I is a scrolling shooter for the arcade developed and published by SNK in 1988.


I randomly came across this game on MAME. I found it to be pretty awful and haven't considered it since.

I do not own this game, nor have I beaten it.


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Best Version: Arcade

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  • The bosses are large and interesting.
  • The graphics are pretty attractive.


  • For a 1988 release, the graphics are pretty low-quality.
  • The game is obscenely difficult, too hard for the average gamer to enjoy. It was clearly made to drain quarters.
  • There is only one upgradable gun. Kind of dull compared to other shooters of the time which usually have three or more.
  • There is little variety in the game, you'll see most of what the game has to offer by the end of the first stage.
  • The idea of having walls and towers block bullets is a good idea, but it gets over-used in the later areas and becomes annoying.
  • When you die, you are sent back to a previous check point, which is annoying.


  • The game forces you to play the entire game twice to beat it. This is a shameless way to make a game longer than it is. While I like when games introduce a hard mode to challenge exceptional players, they actually made this part of the game's story!


Arcade Art





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