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.