Twin Cobra (FM Towns)

Twin Cobra FM Towns Title screen


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Twin Cobra is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up. You pilot the TC-17 Twin Cobra assault helicopter to fight the forces of Commander Anziga, the myopic leader of the nation of Kaban. Your job is to fly into Kaban and take out the entire military base of Commander Anziga.

You will fight small helicopters, tanks and stationary guns, defeat the large helicopters to get power-ups. By picking up colored icons (blue, yellow, red or green) you can change to different weapon types. Blue is a forward spread shot, yellow is a four-way shot, red is a wide forward laser shot and green is a continuous forward laser shot.

At the end of each section, you land on a carrier ship and count up your bonuses.


Twin Cobra FM Towns Powered-up red shot
Twin Cobra FM Towns Flying over a city
Twin Cobra FM Towns Those tanks and pesky hostile helicopters finally got to me
Twin Cobra FM Towns Options

Alternate Titles

  • "究極タイガー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ultimate Tiger" -- PC Engine title
  • "Twin Cobra: Desert Attack Helicopter" -- Genesis title
  • "Kyūkyoku Tiger" -- Japanese title (original version)

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Version differences

The original Japanese arcade version, called Kyūkyoku Tiger ("Ultimate Tiger") is a single player game where the player's helicopter is gray like the one on the title screen. The export version, Twin Cobra however allowed two simultaneous players where the helicopters are colored red and blue. The Genesis and NES conversions, although using the Twin Cobra moniker are still single player games, thus more resembling Ultimate Tiger than Twin Cobra.

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Sciere (321939) added Twin Cobra (FM Towns) on Mar 08, 2011
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