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Choppa', Run to thee!

by billknye - Competition Entry

Choppa', Run to the thee is a top down helicopter combat game. The story goes that you are a lone pilot caught behind enemy lines. There are other pilots scattered around whom you must rescue. At the start of the game you have no weapons, you must rescue your fellow pilots as it is dangerous to go it alone. Rescue all the pilots to win, get shot a bunch to lose. Before you start the game you can customize some of the settings which can make the game very interesting.

Cheats are included too (for debugging really, but they are fun sometimes so I included them): F1-F3 to get weapons

Includes 3 original songs, about 1 minute each, they are not particularly good but you kind of ignore them once you start playing.

You will need the .Net Framework 4.0 and XNA 4.0 Runtime, links below:

.Net Framework 4.0: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9cfb2d51-5ff4-4491-b0e5-b386f32c0992&displaylang=en

XNA 4.0 Runtime: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a88c6dec-aeae-42cd-a108-d35c013c3b97
(the XNA runtime may include .Net 4.0, not sure)

Edit: Added a build using the XNA Reach profile for older graphics cards, should have only used this one but I forgot.

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TellusE says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 5:19am

Crashes with invalid operation exception. A short debugging attempt (without sources, good luck, Tellus :P) insinuated the music files were a problem.

billknye says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 5:29am

Sounds like you need XNA or .Net 4.0.

athanazio says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 2:04am

sorry only web or mac for me :(

TellusE says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 9:31pm

billknye: Found the problem, and another requirement you can add to the list :)

You need to have Windows Media Player installed as well. Being hateful of the problem I removed it from my system. The Exceptions couldn't quite handle it (pun intended).

I liked the control scheme, but it was very hard to get used to (strafing when it would move your chopper in the opposite direction at times, up at others, that kind of thing). Perhaps if the camera rotated with the chopper it would be easier?

billknye says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 9:34pm

TellusE, had no idea about the media player part, must be some requirement of XNA, thanks!

Thanks for the feedback on the camera, something I will keep in mind for the future =)

Frib says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 5:00am

Very fun to play yet so difficult. Controls are quite tricky and the enemies are just relentless, one mistake and you're dead. But it's quite enjoyable. Well done!

May 6, 2011 @ 5:42am

Not for the faint of heart.

qrunchmonkey says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 5:53am

I've got XNA and .Net but it still crashes when I try and launch it.

someone says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 12:14pm

Not starting with any weapons makes it really hard. Took several attempts to pick up the first guy. Enemies killing you before you even see them is frustrating. The controls were hard to get used to which didn't help.

billknye says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 5:05pm

grunchmonkey: Double check the version of XNA you have and also you need windows media player installed it seems.

Kynrael says ...
May 8, 2011 @ 6:10pm

Very cool ! I love the tension it creates, when a pilot runs to you while you're getting shot at :p

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