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Cobra Command lacks some of that charm, but is ultimately more of a game than the others. You might not find yourself returning for the nostalgia as much as you will for the experience that it offers. It's not often that we can play a game like this and forget that it's a cartoon over which we have such limited control. The motion of the helicopters, the sweeping vistas, and constant action are engaging, beautiful, and fun. You owe it to yourself to experience a classic, probably for the first time, in its finest presentation in more than two decades.
Cobra Command is completely remastered from the 1984 version, with fully restored video, a new cockpit and sound effects, as well as unlockables. There's even an online leaderboard and hardly any noticeable delay between the different animated clips that make up the game. Of the laserdisc games available on the iPhone, Cobra Command is by far the most impressive largely because of how much care Revolutionary Concepts not only put in to bringing the game to the platform, but also bringing the game up to today's standard instead of just doing a straight port of the original.
If you picked up Space Ace and already have Dragon's Lair, you'll want to make room for Cobra Command. It works in a very similar manner, and is a ton of fun. It isn't as interactive as Ace Combat XI, but you'll enjoy the twitch shooting and impressive visuals. Besides, where else can you blast enemies off the Statue of Liberty's shoulders without getting crap from Homeland Security? Boy, do we miss the 80s.
Another eighties laser disc classic? Sweet. I have a personal affinity for the games of the laser craze (not that Mad Dog McCree crap that came later) and so Cobra Command was a fastball right over my plate. But, I recognize that it’s not for everybody. It will look too simple with zero replay value. That’s fine. But if you’re a retrogamer like me, you’ll have a blast zooming down memory lane with this fun on-rails shooter.