SimCopter

SimCopter (Windows)   1996

 

Emulation: dosbox 3dfx

 

Next step in Sandbox games- First big 3D city in open world games

SimCopter
ORIGINAL COVER ART

Gameplay video

SimCopter

Picture from manual

Trivia:
1) First radio soundtrack for open world games- There are five virtual radio stations that can be listened to while in the helicopter: classical, rock, jazz, techno and a mix station featuring all songs from every other station. All stations occasionally play spoof commercials and public service announcements, of which there are more than 100 in the game. Unlike other Sim games, voices on the radio are not incoherent Simlish but are actual English voices.
2) first time in open world games- It is possible for players to import their own music and commercials into the game as long as the audio uses an uncompressed WAV format.
3) It is also the first game to use the official Sim language, Simlish.
4) Exclusive to the Apache helicopter , one can even earn points by shooting criminals with the helicopter's machine gun. The gun is also capable of killing innocent sims and destroying cars, boats, and planes, all of which have negative point values. Cars part of a traffic jam, however, are immune, and when planes are shot down they may start fires. Missiles are capable of doing the above as well as setting buildings on fire. Firing a missile at a nuclear power plant results in an explosion that destroys the whole city and the helicopter.
5) The game gained controversy when it was discovered that designer Jacques Servin inserted sprites of shirtless "himbos" (male bimbos) in Speedo trunks who hugged and kissed each other, who appear in great numbers on certain dates. Their fluorescent nipples were drawn with a special rendering mode usually reserved for fog-piercing runway landing lights, so they could easily be seen from long distances in bad weather. A bug caused hundreds of himbos to swarm and crowd around the helicopter, where they would be slashed up by the blades, and then need to be air-lifted to the hospital—which earned the player easy money. The easter egg was caught shortly after release and removed from future copies of the game.
The designer was fired afterwards for adding unauthorized content (which delayed the release of the game, and caused Maxis to miss Christmas season). He cited his actions as a response to the intolerable working conditions he allegedly suffered at Maxis. This caused a member of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), a gay AIDS organization, to call for a boycott of all of Maxis' products, a measure which Servin rejected. Some months later, a group named RTMark announced its existence and claimed responsibility for the himbos being inserted into the game along with 16 other acts of "creative subversion."Servin stated that he had received a money order of $5,000 from RTMark for the prank.
6) from cult film This is Spinal Tap (1984) - Volume control on the helicopter's radio goes to 11.

7) Remake on Nintendo 64 DD  was canceled in 1999.

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