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Romset and name:
scobra Super Cobra
Short name:
Super Cobra
Shooter / Flying Horizontal
Driver source:
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Input / Controls
Up to 2 players (solo, 2 alternates)
Joystick 8 ways
Buttons / keys:
Cocktail, Upright
Not supported
Average user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
80 to 90 (Very Good)
MASH All-Time:
768x224@60.606061 Hz, ruotato di 90°, CRT 15kHz
Zilog Z80
Audio chips:
AY-3-8910A PSG, Netlist Sound Device, Speaker
First release:
Mame 0.7 released on feb-27 1997
Last release:
Mame 0.267 released on jun-30 2024
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scobrak Super Cobra (Konami)
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  • Arcade Video game published 43 years ago:

    Super Cobra © 1981 Konami.

    The object of the game is to invade ten SUPER COBRA defense systems of increasing difficulty and safely pick up the BOOTY.

    Use the joystick to move up, down, accelerate and decelerate. Use the Laser and Bombs to destroy defenders. Hitting tanks scores Mystery Value worth 100, 200, or 300 points. Rockets, Tanks, Missiles, and UFO's may all fire at invader. Hit fuel tanks for extra fuel for CHOPPER. The Chopper uses up fuel as it flies, except in between defense levels.

    At 10000 points, the player is awarded a BONUS CHOPPER.

    At the end of the game, the player can continue at the defense level he left off on by depositing extra coins and pressing the discharge button on the left-hand side of the panel.

    If the Booty is destroyed on the BASE level, the player may try again. When the Booty is safely recovered, a Bonus Chopper is awarded and play resumes at defense level Number 1 where the fuel is used up faster and the defenders fire more often.

    SUPER COBRA Defense Level Descriptions:
    • Fuel Tanks appear on every defense level.
    • Tanks appear and fire on all levels except level 8 where they do not fire.
    Level 1 - Player must maneuver the chopper over mountainous terrain against fast and slow firing rockets.
    Level 2 - Chopper faces Arcing missiles over a mountain terrain.
    Level 3 - Smart Bombs flying in groups of four over mountainous terrain. Rockets appear, but do not fire.
    Level 4 - Single Smart Bombs over mountainous terrain. Again, Rockets appear but do not fire.
    Level 5 - Chopper flies through a cavern-like terrain against Falling Mines.
    Level 6 - Rapidly firing, Roving Tanks over mountainous terrain. Rockets appear, but do not fire.
    Level 7 - Maneuver through a field of meteors which explode when hit with bombs or three times with Laser, plus a single, green, shadow meteor directly in front of Chopper which explodes when hit five times with Laser. Rockets appear but do not fire.
    Level 8 - Chopper flies over mountainous terrain against rapidly firing UFO's. Tanks and Rockets appear, but do not fire.
    Level 9 - Chopper faces arcing missiles over tall buildings.
    Level 10 - Firing rockets in a Building Maze.
    Base - Player must maneuver the Chopper over tall buildings against arcing missiles and rapidly firing tanks to reach the Booty and safely carry it away.

    Game ID: GX316

    Main CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)
    Sound CPU: Zilog Z80 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)
    Sound Chips: (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.78975 Mhz)

    Players: 2
    Control: 8-way joystick
    Buttons: 2 (FIRE, BOMB)

    Super Cobra was released in March 1981 in Japan.

    Super Cobra came out at the same time as "Scramble". While Scramble only went through five areas to the base, Super Cobra went through ten areas. Super Cobra also had more enemies to deal with besides the missiles such as gun batteries and sidewinder missiles. The premise, though, is the same. Penetrate the enemy defenses to make it to the base to pick up the booty. What do you have against all this defense, you have your Super Cobra of course. It will, though, require all of your skills as a pilot to be able to go the distance to get the booty. This game never gained the popularity of Scramble but it still remains a cult classic and actually seems to have had better staying power then Scramble. Perhaps the reason was because it was more of a challenge, who knows.

    A Super Cobra unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'.

    10 points per second of flying.

    Missile on ground: 30 points
    Sidewinder missile on ground: 40 points
    Missile in air: 50 points
    Sidewinder missile in air: 60 points
    Red UFO: 100 points
    UFO: 100 points
    Fuel tank: 50 points
    Gun battery: 100, 200, or 300 points
    Green fireball: 150 points
    Missile in ceiling: 30 points
    Missile dropping from ceiling: 50 points
    Booty: 800 points

    • When you start the game, your helicopter will be at the left side of the screen. Keep in mind, this is a scrolling game. This means you can go no faster then the right side and no slower then the left side. You can, however, vary your speed in-between by pushing the joystick back and forth. The biggest key in getting through this game is learning how to use the joystick to speed up and slow down because you will sometimes be put into some very tight areas that will require precision joystick control. You will hit a clear area and a message will come up such as '1000 miles cleared', '2000 miles cleared', etc... until your reach the base.

    1ST AREA: This is a basic introductory area. It will allow you to get used to the controls while the threat level remains relatively low. The area is a mix of both mountainous and city.
    a) Learn how to vary your speed and you can drop bombs with pinpoint precision. You can only have two bombs on the screen at any one time. You will have to go close to the surface to really make a difference. The biggest threat is the missiles that rise up to meet you.
    b) Fuel is a very precious commodity in this game. Don't take a chance trying to bomb a fuel tank. It's better, if you have a flat section, to take out what's under your rocket, and strafe the rest of the way. This way, you ensure you can hit the fuel tank or tanks.
    c) Watch the terrain. Sometimes you may be cruising when a mountain will appear suddenly requiring quick reflexes and space you may not have.
    d) You also need to watch out for ground fire from the gun batteries. They tend to fire random shots and if you aren't careful, they will hit your helicopter.

    2ND AREA: This area introduces you to the sidewinder missile. These missiles are unusual in the fact that they fire at an arc and come back down again. This means your helicopter can get hit two ways. Of course, if it misses your helicopter, it tends to sometimes be helpful by taking out other ground targets such as missiles and gun batteries. The terrain is mountainous.
    a) Follow the same pattern as you did in the 1st Area. This time, you need to be wary of the sidewinder missiles.
    b) As always, make sure you keep a high fuel level and watch out for those gun batteries.

    3RD AREA: You get to deal with the red UFO's in this area. Also, the mountains will get steeper and create ''choke points'' at the top of the screen. Of course, you will have to contend with the UFO's coming through the other side. The terrain is mountainous.
    a) The red UFO's aren't too difficult to deal with. They have a tendency to stop in pairs, then come at your helicopter. Again, it's easy to shoot them down.
    b) The biggest threats are the 'choke points'. You usually will arrive at the same time as a UFO to see who's first over the mountain. This will require quick reflexes.
    c) Even though no missiles come up at you, the gun batteries will still harass you.

    4TH AREA: This is a continuation of the 3rd Area. Except this time the area you are flying in is significantly narrowed to a point where it seems like you are going through natural caverns. Use the same methods as the 3rd Area.

    5TH AREA: You will have to deal with threats both from above and below in this area. There are missiles in the ceiling of the caverns that will drop down. Although missiles aren't firing from the ground, you still have to deal with gun batteries. The terrain is mountainous and caves.
    a) You will have to be real careful in this area, the missiles in the ceiling are pretty concentrated. You will have to be able to speed up and slow down on a dime to avoid them or to shoot them.
    b) Don't get too close to the ground since the terrain goes from mountains to canyons very quickly.
    c) As already mentioned, get fuel and avoid ground fire.

    6TH AREA: The main threat in this area is the fact the gun batteries now move. That's right, they track right along with your helicopter until they hit an obstacle. They travel equally well in the canyons as well as the mountains. This makes them especially dangerous since they are firing at the same time.
    a) You will have to accelerate and decelerate frequently to 'fool' the moving gun batteries.
    b) When you destroy ground targets, be selective in which ones you hit because if you hit targets in the path of the moving gun batteries, you just allow them to travel farther.

    7TH AREA: This area is a little trickier since you now have fireballs coming at your helicopter. In addition, there is a green fireball that likes to track your helicopter and prevent your shots from gaining any distance. It takes seven shots to take out this fireball. The terrain is mountainous.
    a) You will be staying in the valleys most of the time in this area. This is a good time to shoot things up on the ground since again, the missiles won't fly up at your helicopter. Gun batteries, though, will continue to harass you.
    b) Timing again is important in this area since there are hills in the valley you must cross over. Of course, the tops of these hills are exposed to the fireballs. Time it so that right after a fireball passes over a hill, accelerate and drop into the next valley. Then decelerate in preparation for the next hill.

    8TH AREA: This is repeat of the 3rd area except this time you will be dealing with 'chains' of white UFO's. Use the same tactics as the 3rd Area.

    9TH AREA: This is a very short city area. Just watch out for sidewinder missiles.

    10TH AREA: This is the area that will get most players. The movements have to be precise in the caves or you will end up part of the wall.
    a) Learn quickly when to accelerate and decelerate within the caves. Right when you come to a ledge, push the joystick all the way back and start lining up for the next cave. Accelerate quickly through it, decelerate and repeat this pattern.
    b) Don't worry about running out of fuel in the caves, there are plenty of fuel tanks to top your helicopter off. Plus, you will need all that fuel for not only navigating through the caves, but also the base since it doesn't have any fuel tanks.

    BASE: This is the second hardest area that gets a lot of players. You have to be very precise in your movement. You will have to deal with gun batteries firing at you while you are trying to pick up the booty.
    a) You will see the KONAMI sign atop one of the buildings. Once you see this, you need to decelerate rapidly and drop down quickly to the shorter building next to the base. Once you almost clear that building, you will have to rapidly decelerate, drop down, grab the booty, and rise quickly to avoid the building on the right.
    b) If you fail to grab the booty on a pass, the screen will repeat itself until you either destroy the base or run out of rockets to use on it.

    Once you have completed the Base, the action goes back to the 1st Area again. Things, however, will speed up. Fuel consumption is quicker and the enemies also are faster.

    • Scramble (1981)
    • Super Cobra (1981)

    Casio PV-1000 (1981) "Super Cobra [Model GPA-102]"
    [EU] Philips G7000 Videopac
    [JP] Sony PlayStation (may.13, 1999) "Konami 80's Arcade Gallery [Model SLPM-86228]"

    [JP] [EU] MSX (1983) "Super Cobra [Model RC705]"
    [EU] Amstrad CPC (1987) "Killer Cobra": by Mastertronic .
    [EU] Commodore Plus/4 (1987)
    [JP] Sord-M5 (1981)

    • OTHERS:
    [JP] VFD handheld game (19??) released by Gakken: Two different body styles were released.
    [EU] [AU] [KO] Arcade (nov.1998) "Konami 80's AC Special"
    [JP] Arcade (nov.1998) "Konami 80's Arcade Gallery"

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