Take On Helicopters

Reviewed by Vito Caresimo 10/4/2017

Take On Helicopters is a lesser known helicopter simulator, from the makers of Bohemia Interactive who also make the excellent Arma 3 military simulator, but is it any good and how does it compare to the giants of helicopter sims like DCS and X-Plane? Read on to find out.

Take on helicopters was released in October 2011. Since then a DLC Hinds was released in March 2012.

Take On Helicopters has numerous options to keep you interested. It has a campaign mode where you take the role of a civilian called Tom Larkin, It’s his job to rescue a failing helicopter business. During the campaign you can earn money by completing various contracts which can be used to upgrade and repair your helicopters. The campaign also includes flashback scenes where you play Joe Larkin (Tom’s  older brother) during his time in military service in a 2012 ware in Takistan!

 

Take on Helicopters has a wide variety of helicopters for you to fly, although not all have real life manufacturers names. There are 3 different classes of helicopter for you to fly.

 

Light

light

Medium

medium

 

Heavy

heavy

 

How realistic is the flight model?

The flight model is provided by rotorlib who also provide the engine for Arma 3 helicopters and if set on Veteran difficulty is challenging and in our opinion better thant he default FSX Helicopter flight model. We think its behind DCS and Xplane but probably on par with some flightgear helicopters in joint 3rd place! The time trials can be especially challenging. Having flown all the DCS helicopters, the Dreamfoil helicopters and the dodosim we can safely say that this flight model is just below those excellent sims.

 

Game options

 

Campaign

Ok as mentioned earlier, unlike other sims apart from DCS there is a campaign mode, something seriously lacking in FSX, X-Plane and Flight gear.

 

Free Flight

You can choose to fly any helicopter around the environments. A negative point of this is there are only 2. Seattle and South East Asia and to our knowledge no more scenery has been released to date.

 

Challenges

The challenges change each time you play them so it add longevity. If you have the Hinds DLC such a challenge would include for example patrolling an area.

 

Time Trials

These can be fun and extremely challenging, you can fly through mountains, plains or cities to beat a time. Depending on your eventual time you will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze. This challenge really helps you practice control and speed.

 

Training

Again an excellent interactive training is included. You are guided through various stages of helicopter flight including checking components before flight, engine startup procedures, hovering and more!

 

Mission Editor

For those of you who like to create mission, a mission editor is also included.

 

Multiplayer

Multiplayer is also an option but when we selected this there wasn’t anybody online!

 

Graphics

The graphics are very good, on full settings in out Lab we had good framerates with no slowdown. We did run it on an i7, 32GB Ram and 2 Nvidia GTX980 in sli. Great touches like the sun reflecting on the windscreen and the dirt and marks on the windows show a good attention to detail. The water textures look realistic as do the trees but on the down side the buildings and roads look a little bland and the cars look very basic. Helicopter animation is great , the rotor blades are well animated and you can open and close doors, the controls in the cockpit move as you move your controllers.

 

Sounds

Very authentic helicopter sounds, if you know what a helicopter sounds like there not much more to say on this…is sounds exactly like a helicopter

 

Cockpit

Cockpit is clickable, you can select switch, open doors, push buttons etc, so for the more serious simmer then you have this too

 

Conclusion

On the whole we think Take on Helicopters will make a great addition to your library, it has a good physics engine, nice sound and graphics, a load of game options to keep you occupied and it it a challenge.

On the down side we found the lack of camera controls can be a pain, you only have one outside view which you can rotate around with the mouse but that’s it. Also, we couldn’t see a replay option which would have been very useful to analyse your landing and general flying skills

Also, the camera options in the cockpit could have been better, sometimes it feels you are too close to the window, you can move back a bit with the minus key but you have to double tap it and it can be fiddly!

However we had lots of fun making this review and at time of writing this review it is actually going for 80% off at steam. It usually sells for a good price of £11.99 but at time of writing this (10/4/2317) it is actually selling for £2.39!

System Requirements

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM:

OS:Windows XP

Processor:Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz or faster

Memory:2 GB RAM

Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or ATI Radeon 4850 with Shader Model 3 and 512 MB VRAM or faster

DirectX®:dx90c

Hard Drive:20 GB HD space

Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible audio-card

RECOMMENDED:

OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7

Processor:Intel Dual-Core 3GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 3GHz or faster

Memory:4 GB RAM

Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT or ATI Radeon 5850 with Shader Model 3 and 1024 MB VRAM or faster

DirectX®:dx90c

Hard Drive:20 GB HD space

Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible audio-card