Classic helicopter game/sim
December 16, 2010 10:48 AM   Subscribe

Help me remember the name of a helicopter firefighting game/simulator.

During the early nineties one of my favorite arcade games was a sort of helicopter rescue game. In it you piloted a firefighting helicopter through a number of scenarios. The scenarios that I seem to remember are fighting a forest fire, putting out a fire in a tall office building, and putting out a fire on an aircraft carrier.

The game was a sort of constrained 3D environment where you could rotate the helicopter 360 degrees and fly up to a certain distance toward the horizon, but there was always one central "fire" that you were supposed to go back to within a time limit.

The game itself was played in a sit-down cabinet with simulated helicopter controls including a pedal, thrust, and helicopter control stick. I remember it being fiendishly difficult and I pumped many quarters into it over several weeks until I could beat it. Does anyone remember the name of the game?
posted by sherlockt to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)
Sim Copter?
posted by samthemander at 10:54 AM on December 16, 2010

Response by poster: Sim Copter may have grown out of ideas from this game, but the game I'm talking about was definitely an arcade cabinet game and I know that I played it as early as 1993.
posted by sherlockt at 10:57 AM on December 16, 2010

Best answer: Was it Air Inferno?
posted by iconomy at 11:09 AM on December 16, 2010

Response by poster: I think we have a winner! It WAS Air Inferno. . .although the graphics are so much better in my memory than the screenshots I can find of it. . .I guess I was a lot more impressed by polygons in 1993.
posted by sherlockt at 11:19 AM on December 16, 2010

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