Chopper 1.1 Adds New Shine To A Classic Arcade Game

November 27, 2007 in Gaming (E)

[] Chopper 1.1 has just been released by developer Majic Jungle Software. Chopper is an Action packed side-scrolling helicopter game. Complete your mission, and return to base, while avoiding enemy fire from tanks, bazooka wielding mad men, and jets. Chopper 1.1 adds new levels and boasts a complete overhaul of graphics and sound, amongst many other improvements.

The graphics have received the largest improvement in this update. All graphics have now been optimized for display on monitors with a resolution of 1920x1200. Depth of field has been added, and the quality of particle effects and animations has been increased.

Four new levels have been added, bringing the total number of levels up to sixty across the three difficulty settings. These levels range from 'Suburbia' where the player must fly over miles of hostile territory to rescue families in the suburbs, to 'No Room To Move' where the player is flying in a cramped space above tall skyscrapers where enemy bazookas are firing from the roof tops.

List Of Changes in Chopper 1.1:
* Major graphical improvements, most textures have been replaced with new higher resolution images, with many other graphical enhancements.
* New sounds added and many others replaced with better quality alternatives.
* Four new levels added to each difficulty level bringing the total number of levels up to sixty.
* Optimizations made to reduce toll on system resources.
* Stability improvements and Leopard compatibility improved.
* Shareware at US $15.

System Requirements:
* 16MB graphics card or better
* Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better (Supports 10.5)

Chopper was originally released as an entry in 2003's game development competition 'uDevGame'. It received many awards including best in gameplay and placed second overall. Incremental upgrades have followed, but this is the most significant release since version 1.0. Chopper has been downloaded over one hundred thousand times in the past four years, and is more popular now than ever before, with version 1.0.4 which was released in May 2007 currently receiving around eight thousand downloads a month.

Version 1.1 makes Chopper shareware. There is a 30 day, no limitation trial period after which Chopper must be registered for US $15. Chopper is a Universal Binary, and has been tested on a range of machines from a PPC eMac running 10.4.9 to an Intel 24 inch iMac running 10.5.1.

Chopper Assault, the sequel to Chopper has long been in development, and is due to be released mid to late 2008.

Majic Jungle Software is operated by New Zealand based developer David Frampton. 'iSight Screensavers' also by Majic Jungle Software is a popular collection of screensavers that use input from an iSight camera to drive graphical effects. iSight Screensavers was released in July 2007, and has found its way to many homes and also a few presentations and exhibitions. Starting programming in 2003, David works part time on Majic Jungle Software, whilst employed full time to work on an interactive museum exhibition. Like most shareware developers David is aiming to reach a point where income from shareware products is enough that he can leave his day job and focus his full attention on Majic Jungle Software.


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