Super Cobra Arcade - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      

Invade the Base and Carry Away the Booty!

Pilot your helicopter across 10,000 miles of challenging terrain!
Vaporize enemy depots and collect precious fuel to complete your mission.
Armed with cannons and bombs, strafe ground targets and take out airborne enemies.
Tanks, guided missiles, falling mines, spinning drones and homing meteors assault you at every turn.
Invade the enemy base and carry away the booty!


Super Cobra Arcade is a classic arcade game in which the player must navigate their helicopter across a side-scrolling terrain through eleven unique stages. Each stage has its own challenges and obstacles, including tanks, targets, rockets, guided missiles, falling mines, fuel tanks, flying saucers and meteors. The player must avoid or destroy these hazards while maintaining the ship's limited fuel supply. The objective is to reach the end stage, invade the enemy's base and carry away the booty while trying to earn a high score.

Super Cobra Arcade was crafted by John W. Champeau of Champ Games, whose previous Atari 2600 endeavors include Conquest of Mars, Lady Bug, and Scramble.

How To Play

To play Super Cobra, use the joystick to navigate your ship over the terrain while avoiding the enemy attacks. Press the fire button to launch missiles and drop bombs (gamepads use button B to fire missiles and button C to drop bombs). Points are scored for traveling a certain distance and destroying enemy installations. Additional fuel is gained by destroying the fuel tanks. A player starts with 3 helicopters; a bonus chopper is awarded at 10,000 points and every 50,000 points. The game ends when all helicopters have been destroyed.

Good luck!

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Game Options

  • Novice, Standard, Advanced, and Expert Modes
  • Two-button support with Genesis-compatible Gamepad
  • Built-in Pause Feature
  • Single Shot or Burst Shot Modes
  • High-Score Tables stored in AtariVox/SaveKey (if present)

Super Cobra Poster

Nathan Strum's beautiful artwork for Super Cobra Arcade is featured on a 10" x 14" poster and including free with the game!

AtariVox Support

If you have an AtariVox or SaveKey plugged into joystick port 2, up to 10 high scores are saved for each skill level. The current skill level is also saved. To reset the high score table for the current skill level, while on the Score Ranking screen press and hold RESET, then press SELECT. All scores are reset to 10,000 points.

MelodyAdditional Information

Super Cobra Arcade is a Melody-enhanced game that takes full advantage of the CDF mode in the Melody. Super Cobra Arcade includes a box, game cartridge, beautifully illustrated 8-page manual, and a 10" x 14" poster featuring the Super Cobra Arcade box artwork! Available in NTSC and PAL60 television formats--please select above. If you do not select an option, you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick or Genesis-compatible Gamepad
Cartridge Size 32K CDF
Code and Design John W. Champeau
Level Generation & Code Thomas Jentzsch, Darrell Spice, Jr.
Graphics and Level Design Nathan Strum
Music and Sound Effects Michael Haas
Label, Box, and Manual Design Nathan Strum
Manual Text Nathan Strum

tkarner on 12/05/2017 06:44pm
If you like Scramble you'll like this too. But this is much more than Scramble with a helicopter. The levels and terrain are different, and there are a bunch of new enemies (artillery, tanks, guided missiles, mines, etc.) In some ways it's harder than Scramble but that's offset by checkpoints so you don't have to restart a level if you get hit, and there are continues.

Only complaint, and this applies to a lot of new titles, is that's it's only currently available with a box. The box looks great but I'm not a box collector. I'd rather just spend $30 on a loose cart than $50 for a complete box.
Adam Moss on 12/02/2017 03:15pm
Incredibly advanced, so much fun to play! I was shocked by the previous port of Scramble, but Super Cobra Arcade is a real improvement.
Upgrade to the latest version of Stella to play the free ROM.
Andreas on 12/02/2017 03:10pm
Super game. Combination of good graphics, great playability and nice scrolling. Especially games with good scrolling can not be seen often on the Atari2600. Here it was well done!!!
Gray Defender on 11/15/2017 10:21am
This is an amazing game which expands and improves on Scramble in every way, with tons of great options, difficulty settings, and high score save options. The attention to detail, the yearning to keep this game arcade accurate has all paid off with a terrific port. It plays and feels like you are playing the arcade version.

I love all the attention to detail that was placed into Super Cobra Arcade. A few such examples are the starfield simulation, animated explosions, animated score table, great sound effects, Easter eggs, colors mirroring the arcade, rockets change colors after launching, and difficulty ramp ups. The word "Atariage" displays on the base stage rather than "Konami" and John Champeau even threw In the word "Champ" in reference to his company.

Full video review here:

Highly recommended.
Tarzilla on 11/11/2017 01:35pm
Another Champ Games masterpiece. Expanding on the amazing port of Scramble from last year, this game is longer than its predecessor and just as fun. Shoot and bomb your way thru multiple zones just like the arcade. You will be amazed that you are playing this on a 2600.

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