H.E.R.O. (an acronym standing for Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation) is a single-player video game published by Activision. First developed for the Atari 2600 and released in March 1984, the game was ported to many of the home computers and gaming consoles of that era.
In the game, the player uses a helicopter backpack and other tools to rescue victims trapped deep in a mine.
As the game progresses, the passages, get narrower, and new obstacles such as lava are added, the path to each miner needs to be memorised, and the player needs to avoid crashing into lamps, which plunge the character into darkness. Setting off dynamite does illuminate the caverns for a brief moment.
Lots of creatures live in the mines, such as bats and snakes comes out of the walls, increasing in number as the levels progress, and of course the levels get longer as the game goes on. There is no time to hang about either as our hero has a limited oxygen supply.
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