Hellfire: Apache vs Hind for Palm OS Review

By: Kris Keilhack
March 13, 2007

Built on a modified version of the same engine powering the earlier GTS Racing, Hellfire: Apache vs Hind is essentially Astraware and Pazzazz Games’ 3D take on the classic Choplifter action title. This single player-only game offers the player a choice of commanding either an American or Russian gunship through a variety of global hotspots.

During each mission, the player must not only obliterate the enemy forces but also attempt to rescue of your captured comrades held in hardened bunkers. There are 16 missions of combat action featuring realistic pre-rendered player helicopters with accurate weapon loadouts and capabilities.

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  • The chopper’s forgiving control scheme is perfectly suited to the awkward button layout of most Palm devices.
  • Nicely detailed aircraft and terrain
  • Adjustable speed settings
  • 3d arcade shooters are still a rare breed on the Palm OS
  • Nifty looking mission briefing screens


  • No native 320x480 support (Zodiac only)
  • Sound could use some work
  • After several similar missions, the game does become too repetitive for continued replay.

Technical Details
Hellfire: Apache vs. Hind is available now for Palm OS for $19.95. It requires a Palm OS 5.0 device with a 320 x 320 or better screen. Four hardware buttons are also required to play the game. I tested version 1.02.29 on my 700p and TX without incident. A feature-limited trial version is offered for download. A Pocket PC version is also available.

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A definite must-have if you grew up playing Choplifter on the Apple II like I did! Hellfire seems better suited to the hardware restraints and control limitations of the Palm OS than its earlier brethren GTS Racing. I hope Astraware continues to support this fine title with future version updates and/or a mission pack or proper sequel.

My Rating: 4/5 - Palm Software 4 / 5

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legodude522 @ 3/13/2007 9:27:49 PM # Q
This and GTS are at least a couple years old. :-/

Palm m125 > Palm Zire 71 > Tapwave Zodiac 1 > Palm Zire 72 > Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000 + 4gb MicroDrive + Palm Tungsten T|3 (1100mah)
My T|3 is too [i]sexy[/i] for me.
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asiayeah @ 3/14/2007 10:08:54 AM # Q
I almost thought PalmInfoCenter has some problems that some old reviews or news re-appear as new...

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What else IS there to review?

hkklife @ 3/13/2007 10:35:50 PM # Q
Well, there's an absolute dearth of quality Palm OS titles out nowadays. And the handful of ones that do get released are immediately pounced upon by everyone and their brother and hastily reviewed all over the web.

Since the other Palm OS sites have the market for day-glo, candy colored puzzle titles absolutely cornered, I'm trying to focus on non-puzzle titles and/or overlooked gems. Also, keep in mind that the pinnacle of Palm OS software development probably occured around 2003 or 2004 or so--OS5 was in full swing & it was immediately prior to the decline of the user base. After 2004, the major publishers either closed, scaled back their efforts or jumped ship to PPC/WinMob.

There's also a lot to be learned in revisiting older titles that have received sporadic updates over the years to see how they perform on more recent devices (the hard button reshuffling on the NVFS Palm PDAs and then again on the Treo 700p & 680 spring immediately to mind).

As always, if you know of anything new & cool that Ryan and I may have missed (other than Arcade Reality-I am about to post a review of that one), by all means feel free to contribute a guest review and/or send an e-mail and tell us about it!

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: What else IS there to review?
legodude522 @ 3/13/2007 10:57:28 PM # Q

I was just saying it should have been done sooner. :-P

No hard feelings.

Palm m125 > Palm Zire 71 > Tapwave Zodiac 1 > Palm Zire 72 > Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000 + 4gb MicroDrive + Palm Tungsten T|3 (1100mah)
My T|3 is too [i]sexy[/i] for me.

RE: What else IS there to review?
hkklife @ 3/13/2007 11:46:28 PM # Q
None taken!

Trust me, it gets depressing scouring the web looking for new Palm OS games to review! Heck, at this stage, it's a challenge to find anything worthwhile software-wise to review!

I miss the good ol' days of 2002 sometimes... ;-)

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

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