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Cobra Strike is an arcade style action game for one to three players. As G.I. Joe, you need to defend the recruits at a training camp from the evil Cobra, who is attacking the camp in the form of a giant snake. You control a shield and a gun; as the recruits run along the bottom of the screen towards safety, you need to use the shield to block the deadly venom and laser beams coming from the snake. When you get a chance, you can use the gun to shoot the snake. Hit the snake with eight direct hits and it will be destroyed and you can move on to the next level. If the snake manages to kill four of your recruits, the game is over. In the two player version of the game, both players can play cooperatively and try to destroy the snake together, or one player can control the snake and one protect the recruits. In the three player version, two players protect the recruits while the third player controls the snake.


G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike Atari 2600 A game in progress
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike Atari 2600 Your recruits are running from the attacking cobra

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G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Action Force " -- European title

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Tilt Jul, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Aug, 1983 2.5 out of 4 62
The Video Game Critic Jan 31, 2010 C 50
Woodgrain Wonderland Feb 23, 2017 C 50


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Parker Brothers had a contest that if you made it to the 16th level of this game, sent in an entry form (or copy), a color photo of your TV screen with the black cobra 16th level on it with your name, address and signature on the back and the proof of purchase from a G. I. Joe: Cobra Strike rule book, they would publish your name in Electronic Games magazine and send you a baseball cap with the Cobra logo on it. The poster advertising this can be viewed here.
Servo (57413) added G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike (Atari 2600) on Aug 10, 2003