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    Version: 1.02 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                  GAME:  SUPER COBRA
              PLATFORM:  ARCADE
                 GENRE:  ARCADE SHOOTER
               CREATOR:  KONAMI Copyright 1981
    AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
                E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
           FAQ VERSION:  1.02
    
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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
        UNIT   I:  INTRODUCTION
    
    1.  Legal Stuff
    2.  Version Information
    3.  Acknowledgements
    4.  Welcome
    5.  Overview
    
        UNIT  II:  GAME INFORMATION
    
    6.  The Game
    
        6.1  The Controls
        6.2  The Playing Fields
        6.3  Scoring
    
        UNIT III:  STRATEGIES
    
    7.  Playing the Game
    
        7. 1  1st Area
        7. 2  2nd Area
        7. 3  3rd Area
        7. 4  4th Area
        7. 5  5th Area
        7. 6  6th Area
        7. 7  7th Area
        7. 8  8th Area
        7. 9  9th Area
        7.10  10th Area
        7.11  Base
    
        UNIT  IV:  CONCLUSION
    
    8.  Conclusion
    
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    ********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
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    | 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================
    +=================+
    
    This guide may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal
    private use.  It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
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    a violation of copyright.  All content in this guide is Copyright 2003 by
    Kevin Butler.  Only the sites listed below have permission to publish this
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    If you wish to put this guide on your site, e-mail me and ask.  Save yourself
    the headache of putting up with lawsuits and whatnot because you failed to ask
    a simple "Can I post your guide on <insert site>?".  If you wish to use info
    in this guide, please acknowledge that you have done so.
    
    If you see this guide on any other site then the one listed above, please
    e-mail me.  If you wish to ask questions or give input to this guide, please
    e-mail me.  Just have Super Cobra as the subject so I know it isn't another
    kooky vendor trying to sell me hair gel or another XXX site telling me I have
    new friends.
    
    +=========================+
    | 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================
    +=========================+
    
    Version 1.0   8/14/03:  A guide is born.
    
    Version 1.01  8/17/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.
    
    Version 1.02  8/28/03:  Fixed another couple of errors.
    
    +======================+
    | 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ
    possible:
    
    My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
    Konami for making a great arcade game
    GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ
    
    +=============+
    | 4.  WELCOME |================================================================
    +=============+
    
    Welcome to my FAQ for Super Cobra.  Since the game has you continuously going
    through ten areas until all your men are killed, there is no walkthrough per
    se.  Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and strategies for
    survival.  Input is appreciated along with constructive criticism.  If you wish
    to e-mail me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing things, other
    strategies, etc., feel free.  Make sure you put Super Cobra as the subject.  If
    you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.
    
    +==============+
    | 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================
    +==============+
    
    Super Cobra came out at the same time as Scramble.  While Scramble only went
    through five areas to the base, Super Cobra went through ten areas.  Super
    Cobra also had more enemies to deal with besides the missiles such as gun
    batteries and sidewinder missiles.  The premise, though, is the same.
    Penetrate the enemy defenses to make it to the base to pick up the booty.  What
    do you have against all this defense, you have your Super Cobra of course.  It
    will, though, require all of your skills as a pilot to be able to go the
    distance to get the booty.  This game never gained the popularity of Scramble
    but it still remains a cult classic and actually seems to have had better
    staying power then Scramble.  Perhaps the reason was because it was more of a
    challenge, who knows.  Good luck getting through and getting the booty.
    
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    ******************************** U N I T  II **********************************
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    +==============+ 
    | 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================
    +==============+ 
    
    Super Cobra is a two-dimensional, scrolling shooter style game.  You are the
    pilot of a helicopter that must penetrate the enemy defense system to grab the
    booty.  The system consists of ten areas before you get to the base.  The areas
    you are going through, though, won't be easy.  With danger from all sides, both
    enemy and terrain, you will have to keep a sharp eye and have quick reflexes to
    get through some of the more difficult areas of this game.  In addition to
    worrying about danger, you must constantly keep your helicopter fueled or it
    will crash.  This means you will have to devise tactics that keep your heli-
    copter somewhat out of danger while at the same time getting the fuel tanks.
    Of course, after you get through the enemy defense system and grab the booty,
    you get to start the mission anew.  Looks like it's retirement is starting to
    look pretty good.
    
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    / 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________
    --------------------
    
    The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
    bit of time to get used to them.
    
    -  An eight-way joystick
    
    -  A fire button
    
    -  A bomb button
    
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    / 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________
    --------------------------
    
    Super Cobra actually consists of three types of playing fields although there
    are eleven areas.  It's the way the terrain changes and the enemies encountered
    make for unique screens.  I have put examples of the four basic screens below
    (and also given them my own names since there aren't really names assigned to
    them).  Also note the screen shown here is bigger then the actual display.
    
                                   +-------------+
                                   | MOUNTAINOUS |
                                   +-------------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | BASE |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |      |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |                                                                   |
        |    ----|----                                                      |
        |   |\__/ \_                                                        |
        |   +-------)                                                       |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                        _             GUN          |
        |                                       / \    /\  EMPLACEMENT      |
        |                         _____        /   \  /  \      |           |
        |                FUEL -> /FUEL \      /     \/    \     V           |
        |                TANK    \_____/     /             \    \           |
        |                        _/___\_____/               \  _()_         |
        |                       /                            \_\__/__      /|
        |\                     /                                     \    / |
        | \    + <-MISSILE    /                                       \  /  |
        |  \   +       +     /                                         \/   |
        |   \_/_\_____/ \___/                                               |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                       +------+
                                       | CITY |
                                       +------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | BASE |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |      |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |                                                                   |
        |    ----|----                                                      |
        |   |\__/ \_                                                        |
        |   +-------)                                                       |
        |                                                                   |
        |                  +----+    +------+                               |
        |                  |    | +  |      |                               |
        |                  |    | +  |      |                               |
        |----+    +    +---+     /_\_       |  _____         +-----+    +---|
        |    | +  |  + |                    | / FUEL\        |     |    |   |
        |    | +  |  + |                    | \_____/        |     |____|   |
        |    _/_\_ _/_\_                    +--/---\---------+              |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                      +-------+
                                      | CAVES |
                                      +-------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | BASE |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |      |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |                              |                 |                  |
        |    ----|----                 |                 |                  |
        |   |\__/ \_                   |                 |                  |
        |   +-------)                  |                 |                  |
        |                              |                 |                  |
        |------------------+           |                 |             +----|
        |                  |           |                 |             |    |
        |                  |           |                 |             |    |
        |                  |           |                 |             |    |
        |                  |           |                 |             |    |
        |                  |           |                 |             |    |
        |                  |           +-----------------+             |    |
        |                  |          ____  ____  ____  ____           |    |
        |                  |         /FUEL\/FUEL\/FUEL\/FUEL\          |    |
        |                  |         \____/\____/\____/\____/          |    |
        |                  +----------/--\--/--\--/--\--/--\-----------+    |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
                                       +------+
                                       | BASE |
                                       +------+
    
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
        |                                                                   |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | BASE |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |         |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |      |         |
        |         +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+----+------+         |
        |                                                                   |
        |    ----|----                                                      |
        |   |\__/ \_                                                        |
        |   +-------)                                                       |
        |     KONAMI                                   +----------+         |
        |   +-------+                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |                                  |          |         |
        |   |       |      +--------+     BOOTY        |          |         |
        |   |       |      |        |       |          |          |         |
        |   |       |      |        |       V          |          |         |
        |   |       |      |        |    +----+        |          |         |
        |   |       |      |        |    | $  |        |          |         |
        |---+       +------+        +----+----+--------+          +---------|
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        |                                                                   |
        +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
    
    You control your helicopter through all eleven areas.
    
     _______________
    / 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________
    ---------------
    
    Scoring in this game is pretty simple:
    
    Missile on ground            :   30 points
    Sidewinder missile on ground :   40 points
    Missile in air               :   50 points
    Sidewinder missile in air    :   60 points
    Red UFO                      :  100 points
    UFO                          :  100 points
    Fuel tank                    :   50 points
    Gun battery                  :  100, 200, or 300 points
    Green fireball               :  150 points
    Missile in ceiling           :   30 points
    Missile dropping from ceiling:   50 points
    Booty                        :  800 points
    
    10 points/second of flying
    
    You start with 3 helicopters and you gain a bonus helicopter after successfully
    getting the booty.
    
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    +======================+
    | 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================
    +======================+
    
    When you start the game, your helicopter will be at the left side of the
    screen.  Keep in mind, this is a scrolling game.  This means you can go no
    faster then the right side and no slower then the left side.  You can, however,
    vary your speed in-between by pushing the joystick back and forth.  The biggest
    key in getting through this game is learning how to use the joystick to speed
    up and slow down because you will sometimes be put into some very tight areas
    that will require precision joystick control.  What I have done is break down
    the areas and some strategies for getting through them.  There is a break be-
    ween each area.  You will hit a clear area and a message will come up such as
    "1000 miles cleared", "2000 miles cleared", etc. until your reach the base.
    Refer to Chapter 6.2 for the screens.
    
     ________________
    / 7.1  1st Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This is a basic introductory area.  It will allow you to get used to the
    controls while the threat level remains relatively low.  The area is a mix of
    both mountainous and city.
    
    -  Learn how to vary your speed and you can drop bombs with pinpoint precision.
       You can only have two bombs on the screen at any one time.  You will have to
       go close to the surface to really make a difference.  The biggest threat is
       the missiles that rise up to meet you.
    
    -  Fuel is a very precious commodity in this game.  Don't take a chance trying
       to bomb a fuel tank.  It's better, if you have a flat section, to take out
       what's under your rocket, and strafe the rest of the way.  This way, you
       ensure you can hit the fuel tank or tanks.
    
    -  Watch the terrain.  Sometimes you may be cruising when a mountain will
       appear suddenly requiring quick reflexes and space you may not have.
    
    -  You also need to watch out for ground fire from the gun batteries.  They
       tend to fire random shots and if you aren't careful, they will hit your
       helicopter.
    
     ________________
    / 7.2  2nd Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This area introduces you to the sidewinder missile.  These missiles are unusual
    in the fact that they fire at an arc and come back down again.  This means your
    helicopter can get hit two ways.  Of course, if it misses your helicopter, it
    tends to sometimes be helpful by taking out other ground targets such as
    missiles and gun batteries.  The terrain is mountainous.
    
    -  Follow the same pattern as you did in the 1st Area.  This time, you need to
       be wary of the sidewinder missiles.
    
    -  As always, make sure you keep a high fuel level and watch out for those gun
       batteries.
    
     ________________
    / 7.3  3rd Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    You get to deal with the red UFO's in this area.  Also, the mountains will get
    steeper and create "choke points" at the top of the screen.  Of course, you
    will have to contend with the UFO's coming through the other side.  The terrain
    is mountainous.
    
    -  The red UFO's aren't too difficult to deal with.  They have a tendency to
       stop in pairs, then come at your helicopter.  Again, it's easy to shoot them
       down.
    
    -  The biggest threats are the "choke points".  You usually will arrive at the
       same time as a UFO to see who's first over the mountain. This will require
       quick reflexes.
    
    -  Even though no missiles come up at you, the gun batteries will still harass
       you.
    
     ________________
    / 7.4  4th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This is a continuation of the 3rd Area.  Except this time the area you are
    flying in is significantly narrowed to a point where it seems like you are
    going through natural caverns.  Use the same methods as the 3rd Area.
    
     ________________
    / 7.5  5th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    You will have to deal with threats both from above and below in this area.
    There are missiles in the ceiling of the caverns that will drop down.  Although
    missiles aren't firing from the ground, you still have to deal with gun
    batteries.  The terrain is mountainous and caves.
    
    -  You will have to be real careful in this area, the missiles in the ceiling
       are pretty concentrated.  You will have to be able to speed up and slow down
       on a dime to avoid them or to shoot them.
    
    -  Don't get too close to the ground since the terrain goes from mountains to
       canyons very quickly.
    
    -  As already mentioned, get fuel and avoid ground fire.
    
     ________________
    / 7.6  6th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    The main threat in this area is the fact the gun batteries now move.  That's
    right, they track right along with your helicopter until they hit an obstacle.
    They travel equally well in the canyons as well as the mountains.  This makes
    them especially dangerous since they are firing at the same time.
    
    -  You will have to accelerate and decelerate frequently to "fool" the moving
       gun batteries.
    
    -  When you destroy ground targets, be selective in which ones you hit because
       if you hit targets in the path of the moving gun batteries, you just allow
       them to travel farther.
    
     ________________
    / 7.7  7th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This area is a little trickier since you now have fireballs coming at your
    helicopter.  In addition, there is a green fireball that likes to track your
    helicopter and prevent your shots from gaining any distance.  It takes seven
    shots to take out this fireball.  The terrain is mountainous.
    
    -  You will be staying in the valleys most of the time in this area.  This is
       a good time to shoot things up on the ground since again, the missiles won't
       fly up at your helicopter.  Gun batteries, though, will continue to harass
       you.
    
    -  Timing again is important in this area since there are hills in the valley
       you must cross over.  Of course, the tops of these hills are exposed to the
       fireballs.  Time it so that right after a fireball passes over a hill,
       accelerate and drop into the next valley.  Then decelerate in preparation
       for the next hill.
    
     ________________
    / 7.8  8th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This is repeat of the 3rd area except this time you will be dealing with
    "chains" of white UFO's.  Use the same tactics as the 3rd Area.
    
     ________________
    / 7.9  9th Area /______________________________________________________________
    ----------------
    
    This is a very short city area.  Just watch out for sidewinder missiles.
    
     __________________
    / 7.10  10th Area /____________________________________________________________
    ------------------
    
    This is the area that will get most players.  The movements have to be precise
    in the caves or you will end up part of the wall.
    
    -  Learn quickly when to accelerate and decelerate within the caves.  Right
       when you come to a ledge, push the joystick all the way back and start
       lining up for the next cave.  Accelerate quickly through it, decelerate and
       repeat this pattern.
    
    -  Don't worry about running out of fuel in the caves, there are plenty of fuel
       tanks to top your helicopter off.  Plus, you will need all that fuel for not
       only navigating through the caves, but also the base since it doesn't have
       any fuel tanks.
    
     _____________
    / 7.11  Base /_________________________________________________________________
    -------------
    
    This is the second hardest area that gets a lot of players.  You have to be
    very precise in your movement.  You will have to deal with gun batteries firing
    at you while you are trying to pick up the booty.
    
    -  See my picture in Chapter 6.2.  You will see the KONAMI sign atop one of the
       buildings.  Once you see this, you need to decelerate rapidly and drop down
       quickly to the shorter building next to the base.  Once you almost clear
       that building, you will have to rapidly decelerate, drop down, grab the
       booty, and rise quickly to avoid the building on the right.
    
    -  If you fail to grab the booty on a pass, the screen will repeat itself
       until you either destroy the base or run out of rockets to use on it.
    
    Once you have completed the Base, the action goes back to the 1st Area again.
    Things, however, will speed up.  Fuel consumption is quicker and the enemies
    also are faster.
    
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    +================+
    | 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================
    +================+
    
    I remember when Scramble came out, I tended to play that game a lot.  Then this
    game showed up one day, in a corner by itself.  I already knew the concept of
    how this game ran from playing Scramble so I thought this was just a cheap
    clone.  When I played it, however, I found that it was much more of a challenge
    (and therefore more fun to me) to get through.  Not only was the terrain more
    treacherous, but the enemies were more numerous making conditions a lot more
    hazardous.  It didn't seem, though, a lot of people liked to play this game.
    Again, probably because of the fact it was so hard.  Oh well, their loss.
    Unfortunately, it is very rare to find this machine anywhere.  However, through
    the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is realizing what we "old"
    folks enjoyed those many years ago.  In addition, www.shockwave.com is bringing
    many of these classic games back.  Check out their site to see what ones are
    there.  I hope this guide helps you in being able to get the most amount of
    gameplay for this game.  If you do have other ideas or thoughts, please e-mail
    me and share them.  Who knows, maybe I'll start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if
    enough people ask the same questions.  Anyway, thank you again for reading this
    guide.
    
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