Datasoft brought Mancopter (designed by Scott Spanburg) to Commodore 64 users in 1984 and featured the player controlling a person piloting a helicopter-like flying device over an ocean, and competing with other computer-controlled pilots.
The player flies the copter by rapidly pressing the fire button on the joystick. If the player stops pressing the button, or runs into some sort of obstacle, then the copter will fall into the sea.
For a few of these falls, the player is saved by a whale who surfaces with the copter on its head and allows the player to continue the game.
If the player runs out of “Fish,” (which can be stolen or recaptured from flying pelicans,) then a shark eats the player instead and the game is over.