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Search and Rescue

By Global Star Software Free to try Editors' Rating
A playable demo where the pilot can fly a single mission in several different conditions.

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Real helicopters aren't easy to fly, but this game doesn't make it much easier. Search and Rescue is all about Coast Guard realism, and focuses on saving virtual people's lives rather than on blazing chopper battles. Typical tasks might include saving a drowning swimmer and taking him aboard, and can involve flying long routes without any action on the way. We found a joystick is utterly essential--with mouse and keyboard, controlling the copter is a disaster. The helicopter is slow to respond, and commands must be precise, which is absolutely impossible to achieve without a joystick. There are no tutorials or instructions inside the game, although the game's folder contains a picture where the noncustomizable keyboard commands are shown. Graphics and sound are fairly primitive. Gamers who have joysticks and who want to try a bare-bones helicopter simulation might want to give the demo a whirl, but thrill-seekers might want to look elsewhere.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2


Release December 5, 2008
Date Added November 3, 2003
Version 2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP


Total Downloads 92,296
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Developer's Description

Search And Rescue 2 (SAR2) is a simulator where the player takes control of a Dolphin HH65 helicopter. You will fly as a pilot, assigned to an American Coast Guard base, and experience the thrills and excitement of day to day search and rescue missions. As you progress in skill and rank, you will be faced with more difficult missions, and hazardous rescue attempts. SAR2 will focus on realism in helicopter handling and general physics, as well as a realistic story line. There will be no combat scenes or scenes of meaningless violence and the primary goal and reward for you will be to save the lives of people in distress.

You will be able to play through a campaign scenario, with an unlimited number of randomly generated missions. Each of these missions will be part of your pilot's career history, and together they form a story flow, which will be recorded in your "Pilot's Log". You can also choose to fly a single mission. Here you can define the kind of mission you want to fly, by setting the mission generation parameters, thereby enabling you to test your skills in certain weather conditions or mission types before taking on the challenge of the campaign.