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Super Cobra is an arcade game released in 1981. It was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and Intellivision. It is the sequel to Scramble.

Gameplay

You're a chopper pilot on a surveillance mission in enemy territory; your goal is to make it through the various obstacle courses alive and score as many points as possible. Tall buildings, mountains, narrow tunnels, and various enemies (such as tanks, rockets, mines, and more) can all get in the way and destroy your chopper if you aren't careful. To help defend yourself, the chopper is armed with a machine gun and bombs which can be used to destroy the enemy tanks and rockets. To make the task more difficult, your chopper has a limited amount of fuel. Throughout the landscapes are fuel tanks; if one of these is shot or bombed, you will be awarded extra fuel. As the levels progress, the enemies become more aggressive, fuel becomes more scarce, and the landscape becomes trickier to navigate.

Notes

The Odyssey 2 version features no scrolling, but rather that the chopper flies left to right across the terrain as it reveals itself one screen at a time.

Reception

The game was a success, selling 12,337 video game arcade cabinets in the United States in four months, by October 2, 1981, becoming Stern's third best-selling arcade classic after Berzerk and Scramble. Scramble sold 15,136 cabinets in the US in five months earlier that year, adding up to 27,473 US cabinet sales for both.[1]

The stand-alone portable Entex Adventure Vision version of the game received a positive review from Arcade Express, in its newsletter issue published on November 7, 1982. They gave the game a score of 9 out of 10, stating that, "based on the Konami coin-op classic," it "can challenge even an experienced arcader." They concluded that it "takes real skill to master, and represents the state-of-the-art scrolling shoot-outs for stand-alones."[2]

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