Chutes Away! is a vintage board game in mechanical home-arcade style. It was released by Gabriel Industries in 1977. It's kind of the plastic, wind-up grandpappy of Choplifter in reverse.
The game basically involved manipulating a plane's control stick, looking through a bomb sight, and trying to drop a plastic parachutist right on the money. One of eight parachutists were dropped from the plane's tail assembly by pulling a trigger on the stick. The "money" was one of ten holes on a round, rotating play surface.
Ostensibly the game was originally a bomber game where you sighted Laotian villages and got points for dropping a plastic cluster bomb on them. But the makers felt that during America's brief window of passivity (post-'nam and before Top Gun/Rambo) a game about bombing people -- no matter how stubborn they were in rejecting the American way and the American God -- just wasn't politically correct. So the game was changed to dropping parachutists into holes. The new fiction was the parachutists (not bombs) were rescuers trying to save lost yuppie campers (not lost nations toying with godless communism). The problem was you had 8 parachutists and there were ten target "camp sight" holes. The new pacifistic scenario ultimately required you to condemn two lost yuppie campers to death.
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|1977 Air Rescue Toy Game By Gabriel||06/2019||C $ 220,58|
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|1977 Gabriel Games Air Rescue Toy Game W||06/2019||C $ 84,21|
|1979 Gabriel Night Rescue Air Rescue||06/2019||C $ 54,82|
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