|Ed Schneider (Roklan)
|Sequel to Scramble
Sequel to the 1981 arcade game Scramble (which was only ported
to the Vectrex system), Super Cobra is a side scrolling
helicopter game in which you must fly through a mountain filled
with deadly missiles and guns to grab a big bag of booty (yes
they actually call it booty). Why would they take a
helicopter into a mountain you ask? Why not?
Because it was ported to just about every system on
God's green earth (even the Odyssey^2!), you'd think that Parker
Brothers would have gotten it right at least once. Sadly
however, Super Cobra sucks on just about every system it was
ported to, and the 400/800 was no exception. This is sad
because the arcade game was actually very good, and could have
made a nice addition to just about any systems library. Too
bad the lousy home versions soiled the games reputation.
While the graphics and sounds are adequate and get
the job done, one feels that they could have been better.
Many of the graphics are very blocky and the color scheme is
questionable. Although the controls have been improved
greatly from the horrid 5200 version (which was mainly due to the
5200 joysticks), they still don't feel quite right. It
appears that minimal effort was put into porting this game.
If you're able to tolerate all its shortcomings,
Super Cobra can be a fun game (in the same way that Russian
Roulette can be a fun game). It's a shame that Parker
Brothers never took advantage of the Atari 8-bits power, as it was
fully capable of a near arcade perfect version of the game.
Shoddy third-party efforts like this are just one of the many
reasons for the great crash.
||Atari-400 Super-Cobra 8K FIN.1
to 8-Bit Software