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I was really surprised by how taken I was with this game. It is, at its core, a simplistic early NES game: all you really do is shoot stuff and rescue hostages. It’s just surprising how all of the mechanics work flawlessly here, when there’s so much margin for error.
Cobra Command is a second-rate Choplifter clone with uninspired gameplay and awful control. You pilot a helicopter on a side-scrolling screen, attempting to rescue hostages while contending with ground fire and enemy helicopters. With only three shooting angles, it's very difficult to aim. Controlling your sluggish aircraft is a chore, especially when the screen is in the act of scrolling. Cobra Command's background graphics are fair, but the explosions are just pathetic. Incredibly, shooting a helicopter or a soldier produces the same lame explosion. It's hard to find anything to like about Cobra Command.