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    S I M C O P T E R:   T H E   U N O F F I C I A L   G U I D E
    
    By
    
    Steve Novicki
    
    
    CONTENTS
    
    1  Introduction
    2  The Copters
    3  The Missions 
    4  Legal Information
    5  Farewell
    
    
    1  Introduction
    
    
    Hello!
    This is a guide for SimCopter that I have written. I hope that you 
    enjoy it, because I have had fun writing it and playing the game 
    SimCopter. That said, let's get to work!
    
    2  The Copters
    
    
    In SimCopter, the main point is to maneuver a helicopter and complete 
    various missions by earning points. You also receive money for 
    completing missions; the amount is based on the difficulty of the 
    mission. You use that money to go buy bigger and better copters and 
    equipment for them. All of this could not be accomplished without the 
    use of the following copters. Keep in mind that each copter has 
    different uses and applications, also. 
    
    -Schweitzer 300-
    
    This is the first copter you get at the beginning if the game. It is 
    normally used as a training helicopter to train pilots. It's extremely 
    small and lightweight. It also happens to be the cheapest copter you 
    can purchase. 
    
    Engines: Single piston engine, 190 horsepower
    Seats: 2
    Speed (max): 153 km/h
    Range (max): 360 kilometers
    Weight: 1,046 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 26 feet, 10 inches
    
    -Bell 206 JetRanger-
    
    Having lots of seats and a very strong engine, I like the Bell 206. It 
    is a good overall copter, very versatile, and has many functions. A 
    good choice to buy as soon as possible, because it's also cheap.
    
    Engines: Single turbine engine, 420 horsepower
    Seats: 7
    Speed: 232 km/h
    Range: 666 kilometers
    Weight: 1,861 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 36 feet
    
    -McDonnell/Douglas 500-
    
    The first of three McDonnell/Douglas copters available for purchase. It 
    is as fast as the JetRanger and just half the size of it, too. A very 
    good copter for lots of transport work. 
    
    Engines: Single turbine engine, 278 horsepower
    Seats: 6
    Speed: 232 km/h
    Range: 422 kilometers
    Weight: 1,088 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 26 feet, 4 inches
    
    -McDonnell/Douglas 520 NOTAR-
    
    Has overall good size and speed. It doesn't really perform better in 
    any area than any other copter, and is an expensive copter, considering 
    its class. 
    
    Engines: Single turbine, 375 horsepower
    Seats: 5
    Speed: 250 km/h
    Range: 402 kilometers
    Weight: 1,636 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 27 feet, 4 inches
    
    -Bell 212-
    
    While having EXTREMELY large engines and horsepower, this copter still 
    is not as fast as some of the other copters. The extreme weight and 
    statistics are mainly because of it's giant capacity, therefore 
    allowing enormous transport loads. 
    
    Engines: Twin coupled turbine engines, 1,290 horsepower
    Seats: 15
    Speed: 206 km/h
    Range: 450 kilometers
    Weight: 6,097 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 48 feet, 2 inches
    
    -Augusta A109-
    
    Because it is very heavy, this copter is good for fighting fires since 
    fire-fighting requires lots of weight. It is not very fast, though. Its 
    number of seats is a good number for transports, too.
    
    Engines: Twin turbines, 400 horsepower
    Seats: 8
    Speed: 285 km/h
    Range: 648 kilometers
    Weight: 3,126 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 36 feet, 1 inch
    
    -Dauphin 2-
    
    This is a very good copter. It is made to transport people and things, 
    specifically water for fighting fires. It's also pretty fast. A great 
    overall copter. 
    
    Engines: Twin turbines, 680 horsepower
    Seats: 13
    Speed: 260 km/h 
    Range: 900 kilometers
    Weight: 3,980 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 38 feet, 4 inches
    
    -McDonnell/Douglas Explorer-
    
    This is a kind of good copter, not lacking anything but not surpassing 
    the statistical data of any other copter. Incredibly, it's the most 
    expensive copter in the game. You need to fork over $20,000 to buy it, 
    and that is not an easy task. Also, many other, cheaper copters would 
    be fine. 
    
    Engines: Twin turbines, 629 horsepower
    Seats: 10
    Speed: 274 km/h
    Range: 600 kilometers
    Weight: 3,215 pounds
    Rotor Diameter: 33 feet, 10 inches
    
    This concludes the section for the SimCopters. There is, however, one 
    more copter; it is an Easter Egg, hidden away with a special code. See 
    the Cheat Codes section for more information about this copter. 
    
    
    3  The Missions
    
    
    In SimCopter, you must use the aforementioned copters and complete 
    missions using them. This section is designed to provide information 
    and strategies on every mission in SimCopter. 
    
    -Traffic Jams-
    
    Traffic Jams are the easiest missions to accomplish, and they require 
    only a megaphone. They occur when something blocks traffic flow on a 
    street, such as a burning car or your copter parked in the middle of 
    the road. To clear a traffic jam, you must first fly to the sight of 
    the jam. Then aim your spotlight right into the heart of the jam. Now, 
    you can either hit the F6 button, or click on the Megaphone button and 
    click on Report Traffic. Repeat this procedure as many times as you 
    have to; the traffic jam(s) should clear up pretty soon. While being an 
    easy way to make money and points, I find traffic jams having not 
    enough value to be worth that much, seeing how you normally get either 
    twenty-five points and one hundred bucks, or fifty points and two 
    hundred bucks for clearing a traffic jam. 
    
    -Transport-
    
    Transports occur when there are people who get sick and tired of 
    waiting in traffic. They then call you to transport them via helicopter 
    above all of the traffic. This is a very easy mission to complete, and 
    all you need is a relatively large capacity copter. First, when the 
    radio lady sends a message to you informing you of a transport mission, 
    fly over to the area immediately, considering that the transport people 
    are the most impatient. Now land right over the transport icon and 
    wait; the people waiting to be transported should come over and climb 
    in your copter by themselves. Now press the N button and look at your 
    map. The description in the box should say 'Transport xx', where xx is 
    the number of the mission, and have a white line coming off of it. Fly 
    towards that white line, the end is the people's destination. Once you 
    get to the destination, land on or near it. The people will climb out 
    of your copter themselves and you will be awarded. 
    
    -Medical Evacuation (Medevac)-
    
    This means that someone has been injured, and you have been called to 
    airlift him or her to a hospital. First, if you want, you can fly over 
    to a nearby hospital and pick up a medic if you want. They help the 
    injured people in your copter and lengthen the amount of time that they 
    can be in your copter. Then, fly over to the site of the Medevac. Land 
    and get out of your copter, the medic should get out, too. Now walk 
    around and try to find the injured person (people). If you can't the 
    medic should soon. Once they are in your copter, you must now fly to a 
    nearby hospital in the area. Remember that the hospitals appear as a 
    cream-color three-tile area on your map. Once you have found a 
    hospital, land on the roof of it. The medic should climb out of your 
    copter and take the injured person (people) with him, and then you get 
    awarded. Congratulations. 
    
    -Fire-
    
    Fires can occur to anything in SimCopter, except water. You must have 
    either a Water Cannon or a Bambi Bucket to extinguish the fire. First, 
    you must find a water source and fill up your bucket/cannon with water; 
    you should fill it up all the way. Now find the fire, it shouldn't be 
    too hard because it is a bright orange, flaming structure/tree. Fly 
    directly over it with your bucket lowered and drop the water on the 
    fire. This should extinguish the fire, if it doesn't, you aren't right 
    over it. I prefer this method of extinguishing fires, but you can also 
    use the water cannon instead. Fill up your water meter. Now fly right 
    in front of the fire and let loose with your cannon, make sure to be up 
    close to the fire. Either way, the fire should go out and you will be 
    awarded. 
    
    -Life Rescue-
    
    These occur when someone is in trouble that is out of their hands. They 
    come in three kinds: boat, rooftop, and train rescues. The easiest is 
    the roof rescue, all you need to do is land on the roof, wait for the
    person to get in, now fly off and land on the ground. The person should 
    get out, and you are then awarded. The boat rescue is a little more 
    complicated; you need to have a Rescue Harness installed in your 
    copter. When you get to the site of the rescue, lower your harness to 
    the person. Get it really close to them, and if everything is perfect, 
    they will grab on. Then roll up the harness, the person will climb into 
    your copter. Now transport them to the ground. They will climb out and 
    you will be awarded. The third is the train rescue, and it is the 
    hardest. A Sim is trapped on top of a runaway train, and it is up to 
    you to rescue them from it. Lower your harness and follow the train, 
    staying as close to the Sim as possible. If the altitude is perfect and 
    the length of the harness is good, the Sim will grab on. Then roll the 
    harness up into your copter and the Sims will climb in. Then transport 
    them to the ground anywhere, they will climb out and you will be 
    awarded. 
    
    -Criminals-
    
    There are a variety of criminals, ranging from robbers to muggers to 
    arsonists. They can either be on foot or in a car. There is one main 
    way to catch foot criminals; get a cop or two in your copter from the 
    roof of a police station. Then fly over to the dispatch site. The 
    criminals on foot almost always run around like crazy, and wear dark 
    clothing. Now land on the ground and the cop(s) will get out and start 
    chasing the criminal. When they say, 'Suspect spotted; in pursuit', 
    that means that they have spotted the criminal and are chasing them. 
    When they catch the criminal, which shouldn't be soon, you will be 
    awarded. In a car, you should get your spotlight on the car and press 
    F7 to give them a message. Also, press F5 to start a police follow 
    mode. Now just follow them with your spotlight, the police should 
    arrive soon. They should get out of their car and start running, when 
    they do this and you happen to have a cop in your copter, land for a 
    second, the cop will get out and start chasing the criminal. When he is 
    caught, you will be awarded. 
    
    -Riot-
    
    When you get the message, head to the area. The method you should 
    follow in order to get the crowd to disperse goes as follows:
    
    Megaphone messages
    Water
    Tear Gas
    
    Whenever you use a megaphone message, most of the people should 
    disperse. For the remaining people, fire a few squirts of water with 
    your water cannon or Bambi bucket. And as a last resort, fire a few 
    canisters of tear gas on the crowd. That should do the trick. Also, it 
    wouldn't hurt to dispatch a few police cars to the scene, and make sure 
    to have some fire dispatches there, in case they start fires. You can 
    also have a medic or two handy, to prepare for any unfortunate Medevacs 
    that might occur. 
    
    -Speeders-
    
    Speeders are different than the other missions; they do not have a 
    radio dispatch message. There is always one speeder in every city at 
    all times, and since you do not get a radio message alerting you to the 
    speeder, it is up to you to find one. If you happen to come across one 
    on your daily rounds, send down an F7 message to him. You should also 
    press F5 for the special police chase mode. If you want, throw tear gas 
    canister at him, but do so with caution. That should do it. Speeders 
    can be distinguished by the fact that they are normally purple cars 
    with lots of exhaust coming from the car.
    
    So concludes the missions you can and will get in SimCopter. Remember, 
    the difficulty of the missions increase with every level (like you will 
    have more people to care for in a Medevac mission on level fifteen than 
    opposed to level two). Be sure to complete every mission as quickly as 
    possible, because the people involved do not like to wait, and you lose 
    points if you make them wait too long. One last thing: make sure you 
    always have enough gas and that your copter is not too terribly 
    damaged. 
    
    
    4  Cheat Codes
    
    
    Of course, what game would be complete without the good old cheat 
    codes! SimCopter has so many it is probably the Sim game with the most 
    cheat codes. Listed below is a list of all cheat codes and their 
    effects.
    
    NOTE: You must first press Control + Alt +X to bring up the cheat code 
    box. Then, type in one of the following codes to receive the following 
    effect.
    
    Shields up.                         Invincibility
    Gas does grow on trees.             Unlimited fuel
    superpowermultiply                  When you press the Shift button,  
                                        you can run extra fast. Also works 
                                        In your copter.
    The map, please.                    Lets you use your map outside your
                                        Copter. 
    Been there, done that.              Advances you to the next mission.
    There's no place like home.         Takes you back to your hangar. 
    I love my helicopter.               Warps you back to your helicopter.
    Give me bucks or give me death: xx  Either gives you the amount 
                                        Specified or ends the game. 
    Warp me to career: xx               Warps you to the specified career. 
    Out for a Sunday drive.             Makes the camera follow a random 
                                        Car around town. Enter this code
                                        Again to return to normal mode.
    Stop and ask for directions.        Makes a TXT file map of the city
                                        In your hard drive root directory..
    A megephone in the hand is worth
    two in the bush.                    Lets you use your megaphone outside
                                        Your copter. 
    Lights, camera, action!             Starts playing the drive-in movies.
    PAMCAREYGOLDMAN                     Puts pictures of the lead 
                                        Producer's wife on all boards.
    Gort                                Lets you see the ending scene 
                                        (quite funny, actually!)
    Radioactivity                       Causes a nuclear explosion. 
    I'm the CEO of McDonnell Douglas    Enter this code, then go your 
                                        Catalog screen. Press the numbers 
                                        1-9 to get the different copters, 
                                        Free of charge. 
    
    Quite a long list of codes, huh? Just remember that cheating only makes 
    a game less fun, so do something to compensate for your cheating!
    
    
    5  Legal Information
    
    
    This FAQ is Copyright  March 12, 2000 by Steve Novicki. All rights 
    reserved. The author/owner of this FAQ reserves the right to, at any 
    time, modify the contents of this FAQ in any way. No one is allowed to 
    rip off (plagiarize) this FAQ without my (Steve Novicki's) personal 
    consent. Just remember that and do not rip off of it; it's as simple as 
    that. Send me an e-mail at Aristotle47@aol.com asking me permission to be 
    able to use this FAQ for almost any purposes EXCEPT commercial and I 
    will say yes. I usually check my e-mail every afternoon and night, 
    sometimes in the morning. Thank you!
    
    
    7  Farewell
    
    
    It has certainly been fun writing this FAQ and playing the marvelous 
    game SimCopter, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading it. If you 
    have any questions, comments, suggestions, updates, etc., e-mail them 
    to me at Aristotle47@aol.com and I will gladly respond to them. Farewell, my 
    friends, and happy gaming.