|Posted by SheldonRandoms on February 2, 2018 at 6:10 PM|
eShop Guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, i'm going to take flight in a pixel helicopter in Dustoff Heli Rescue 2. Starting out on mobile, the follow up has landed on consoles including the Nintendo Switch. I'm going to test out these pixel copters, to see if they can fly in multiple bits, or crash land with the lowest bits possible? Let's dust off and prepare the rescue!
You're a helicopter pilot for the ally side of Bluefor, who're at war with their enemy force, Redfor. As the pilot, it's up to you to take on tasks that will require you to soar the skies of the battlefield, while avoiding enemy fire and crashing too hard into walls or on the ground while trying to land. This will probably happen during your first few take offs during training, as the controls will take some time to get the hang of things since the L and R shoulder buttons control the lift off as well as direction in which your fly, though one you get the hang of things, carrying out missions will be your next task.
Traveling across the main campaign map will be the main mode where you'll partake to carry out missions, varying from rescuing stranded soldiers to taking out a group of certain Redfor enemies trying to shoot you down. Depending on the mission will depend on the type of helicopter to take. The attack helicopters are suited for fighting back, but can't carry any passengers, while the cargo helicopters can carry passengers, but have weaker weapons by the door. When you fire with an attack helicopter, you don't do the shooting, instead it does it automatically when you're close enough and facing an enemy, if needed to conserve ammo, you can turn off your line of fire.
As you progress, you can purchase stronger helicopters that can carry more passengers or hold more ammo with currency you can obtain by clearing missions or taking down Redfor enemies. Money can be spent even during missions when you approach and land on a landing zone, which acts like an auto repair business, you spend money to either replenish your ammo or health just when they're running low (you can also save, which is free). Landing zones are marked on your map, which also tells you where to go to take down enemies or rescue soldiers.
In total, 35 missions will test your helicopter piloting skills and give you more of a challenge later on with narrower paths and more enemy fire, so you'll have plenty of air time explore on the war zone, though the air time will even test you at times with it's change of weather in certain missions, that can have an affect on your control. The weather doesn't just change, but so does the terrain from the the sandy desert to snowfall arctic surrounding, which goes well with the retro pixel environment, and keeps the repetitiveness factor down.
Exploration is also encouraged with each level containing five dog tags in them. Said dog tags are used to unlock certain special aircrafts, so collecting them gives you a reason to go back to any mission if you so happened to miss a few, and once collected, you keep them regardless of failing the mission. While taking it slow will net you those dog tags easier,if you want to get a three star rating, you must complete the mission in a set amount of time.
All and all, Dustoff Heli Rescue 2's helicopter flight from mobile screens has made a swell landing on the Switch's screen (in portable mode). With a good amount of replay value from replaying missions for dogtags, money or stars, this pixel helicopter will continue to fly into the battlefield tackle Redfor's line of fire, and is good for quick flights thanks to the Switch's portability
I give Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 8 pixel helicopters out of 10!
Cost on the eShop: $14.99
Memory used: 545MB
Review code provided by: Rainyfrog