Chopper Command is a 1982 release for the Atari VCS (aka Atari 2600) by a small four year old company created by a handful of disgrunted Atari programmers. The name of the company? Activision.
However, this was not the Activision that is loathed today for it’s microtransactions and contempt for players. This was a company of developers that wanted to make good games and get recognition for their work, just like musicians on a record. They also have the distinction of being the first 3rd party company to make games for the Atari 2600.
Many Activision games that were originally published on the Atari 2600 appeared on the Commodore 64 such as River Raid, Pitfall and Pitfall 2, H.E.R.O., Decathalon, etc. For reasons unknown Chopper Command was never ported to any other game consoles or home computers after it’s release.
Until now. Enter Antonio Savona and Steve Day who decided to port the game to the C64 with a twitter announcement on July 31st, 2019. Within weeks a demo was avaialble and players were streaming on Twitch.tv Then on August 22nd the game was released for free and on August 23rd the source code was made avaialable for free as well.
You can download your own copy of Chopper Command from the following CSDb link:
Antonio is reported to be taking a short break however it looks like another Activision favorite from the Atari 2600 is going to be fully ported very very soon.
— Antonio Savona (@tonysavon) September 5, 2019