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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 Genesis The weapon shoots in four directions simultaneously.
Twin Cobra Genesis Title Screen
Twin Cobra Genesis Title Screen (Japanese version)
Twin Cobra Genesis Shooting enemies, S powerup

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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. Majestic Lizard (676) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Games Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Apr, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 30 out of 40 75 Oct 12, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1991 66 out of 100 66
The Video Game Critic Nov 15, 2006 C 50


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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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Carl-Henrik (692) added Twin Cobra (Genesis) on Jun 21, 2004
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