Cobra Force is a 2D horizontal-scrolling Sci-Fi shoot 'em up, in which you fly through a danger zone and combat the deadly alien species, controlling one of the most sophisticated fighting helicopters of its time.
STORY / GAMEPLAY Cobra Force is a shoot 'em up and surely a nice addition to the sci-fi shooters of the 8bit home computers back in the late 80s, offering addictive but rather difficult gameplay due to its "stiff" controls.
In this futuristic and hostile world, the mission is pretty simple! You have to pilot your sophisticated combat helicopter (the AH-1W Super Cobra, the most sophisticated fighting machine in the air back in the days) destroy every enemy on sight, collect all pods and, finally, confront two gigantic helicopters that must be destroyed in order to progress to the next level! Cobra Force takes you into a danger zone split in four exciting missions, each with a gradually increasing difficulty level. Your Cobra is armed with a standard M197 20mm rapid fire machine gun and a limited supply of Hellfire anti-armor missiles, as well as a number of prototype weapons systems. You may also collect missiles and extra firepower by shooting certain alien enemies.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The graphics are nicely done on the Commodore version, using bright colors and very smooth sprite animation and scrolling, although most of the backgrounds are missing compared to the CPC (the CPC has awesome graphics but bad animation and scrolling). Note that the Commodore version has parallax scrolling at the foreground, which is rather impressive! The game's sound on the Commodore is excellent, with a "catchy" introductory tune and a few nice sound effects during gameplay, both superior in quality to the CPC and Spectrum counterparts.