Monday, September 29, 2008

Copter Envy


Although I never had Vertibird or any of the licensed Remco CSF Copters, I lived vicariously through the kids who did. Does anybody remember a version of this you could play in an arcade? It was in a big dome and you had to hunt a UFO, this was pre Space Invaders obviously. I sometimes worry that I imagined it...

5 comments:

Ian Sokoliwski said...

You know, the Winnipeg International Airport has one like that big dome helicopter thing.

It was quarter-fed, and you had to land the copter on different pads in amongst little plastic tree-shaped things.

When I was eight or so, it was damnably difficult.

It used to be in the main areas of the airport, but now I think they have it sequestered in the area that you can view airplanes landing. It looks like it is still usable (I haven't put quarters in it since the 70's).

Rich said...

No, Mr. Stallion...
You didn't imagine it.
Don't worry.
Feast your eyes on THIS!
My favorite arcade at the magic Jantzen Beach mall had this well into the video game era, when all mechanical games slid into obsolescence.
Heck, they even have the audio track for it!

Plaidstallions said...

Bless you Rich, that's the one.

Chris Bellamy said...

I had one of the Mattel helicopters in the 70's. It was one of my favorite toys. Believe it or not, someone has written a really excellent simulator of the toy at: http://peterhirschberg.com/vertisim/index.html Well worth a download!

Arkonbey said...

Man. That stand-up helo game is awesome!

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