As seen in Retro Gamer #238!

Helitack Challenge was included in the Homebrew pages of Retro Gamer magazine issue #238! Thanks to Mr. Andrew Fisher for the shoutout and for covering all the great homebrew projects.

Only you can help...

Budgets are tight and staff is short so we're looking for volunteers to help keep our parks safe and beautiful. 

Your job is to patrol the park and rescue lost hikers and contain any forest fires that might get started. If you can keep things under control for 3 shifts, you can become a full-time helitack ranger.

Your helicopter is equipped with all the gear you need to get the job done. Stay focused, stay calm, and do your best.

We also recommend reading the handbook. It might just save a life.

How to play

This game supports gamepad and keyboard controls. Use the pause menu to check gamepad and controller mappings.

  • Up/Down - Throttle; Forward/back
  • Left/Right - Rotate direction
  • Z - Switch modes
  • X - Select mode
  • P - Pause; Music toggle

Get more tips and insight, read the Helitack Challange Handbook


  • Design & code: Brian Vaughn
  • Music & sound: Brian Follick
  • Art: Impbox, assets from Tempest
  • Additional art: Brian Vaughn

Already have PICO-8?

If you have a PICO-8 console, type LOAD #HELITACK on the commandline to instantly load and play this game. Or search for "helitack" in the Splore browser.

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Helitack Challenge for Windows 967 kB
Helitack Challenge for Mac 3 MB
Helitack Challenge for Linux 727 kB

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Very cool. Especially gfx and UI