Twin Cobra

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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 NES The second boss
Twin Cobra Arcade Tanks to contend with.
Twin Cobra Sharp X68000 The S icon powers up your weapon
Twin Cobra Sharp X68000 Green shot is a narrow laser

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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User Reviews

Original NES quality graphics come to the Genesis. Genesis Majestic Lizard (655)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) TurboGrafx-16 Jun, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Power Play TurboGrafx-16 Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Genesis Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Video Games Genesis Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Genesis Apr, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jun, 1991 7.5 out of 10 75 Genesis Oct 12, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis May, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Dec, 1989 26 out of 40 65
Commodore User Arcade Apr, 1988 6 out of 10 60


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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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