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Cobra Command is an arcade conversion of a helicopter shooting game from Data East. It is an "on rails" style shooter with the player controlling only the aiming of the shooting but not the direction of the helicopter.

Your job is to shoot down the enemies as you are flown through footage of New York streets, the Statue of Liberty, the Atlantic Ocean, Italy, the Grand Canyon and finally, the treacherous corners and return fire of the enemy's stronghold on Easter Island.

There is no background music to go along with the sound effects. The levels are fairly short with a total game run through possible in about 20 minutes.


Cobra Command SEGA CD Incoming enemies
Cobra Command SEGA CD The high score table
Cobra Command SEGA CD From the intro: The command center
Cobra Command SEGA CD Title screen

Promo Images

Cobra Command Magazine Advertisement BEEP! MegaDrive (SoftBank Creative, Japan), Issue 33 (June 1992)

Alternate Titles

  • "Thunder Storm LX-3" -- Japanese Arcade / X68000 title
  • "Thunder Storm FX" -- Japanese Mega-CD title
  • "サンダーストームエフエックス" -- Japanese Mega-CD spelling
  • "コブラコマンド" -- Japanese Famicom spelling

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Critic Reviews

Power Play Jan, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Sega Force Jul 08, 1993 95 out of 100 95
GameFan Magazine Oct, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Retro Game Reviews Mar 08, 2015 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Mean Machines Oct, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Aug, 1993 65 out of 100 65
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Dec 29, 2005 C 50
Oldies Rising Jun 27, 2015 10 out of 20 50
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Jan 08, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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Eric Smith (2979) added Cobra Command (SEGA CD) on Feb 14, 2007
Other platforms contributed by djindio (1607), Infernos (24889), Kabushi (243631) and Pseudo_Intellectual (62499)