The Space Adventure, known in Japan as Cobra II: Densetsu no Otoko, is the second game dedicated to the adventures of the renegade space pirate Cobra. The game is based on original manga and TV series by Buichi Terasawa.
While waiting in a bar for his partner, Cobra encounters a beautiful bounty hunter named Jane. Very soon he realizes that the bounty Jane has been hunting for his own head, for which the Galaxy Patrol has put quite a reward. But everything changes when Crystal Boy, the head of the Pirate Guild and Cobra's archenemy, appears on the scene. Jane's father had apparently hidden a great treasure, encoding its location in tattoos on the backs of his triplet daughters. Crystal Boy wants this treasure, and is going after Jane and her sisters. Cobra and Jane decide to join forces in order to find Jane's sisters and to undermine Crystal Boy's plans.
The game is a Japanese-style adventure. The player advances in the game by choosing various commands ("Look", "Talk", etc.). There are a few places in the game where Cobra dies if the player makes a wrong decision. In the final location the player will also have to fight enemies in turn-based style. The game features a large number of animated cutscenes as well as voice-overs for many dialogues.
"The Space Adventure" is probably the only game that made it out of japan based on "Space Adventure Cobra" a manga series created by Buichi Terasawa in 1977 and published on Shonen Jump Magazine. Gaining tremendous success as an offbeat, sexy space James Bond-type adventure series, Cobra's adventures lasted until 1984 with both a movie ("Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie") and a 31-episode animé series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1982(which is pure gold I tell you! Go get it!).
In 1995 Terasawa revisited his most successful creation with a new manga series titled "Cobra: The Psychogun" published in Super Jump (a more adult-oriented mag. than Shonen Jump) which features computer generated backgrounds and photoshop-ed colors. An animé adaptation of this series was almost produced, but the company in charge went bankrupt at the last second, dammit.
Extra, ultra-nerd useless trivia: Before the original animé series was produced a pilot episode was completed in english with the hopes of selling it internationally, however that wasn't meant to be and the episode never got distributed, making it a collector's item, as it not only remains unreleased but also has a slightly different visual design and style than both the movie and the series.