By Ross McNaughton, August 1996
Any ST/STe (fixed with GenFix, but I haven't tried it on a TT or Falcon).
1 player, joystick controlled.
Cobra Strike is a vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up in which you control a
helicopter gunship attacking an enemy island, destroying buildings, gun
emplacements and enemy vehicles while avoiding a barrage of ground-to-air fire
and enemy aircraft.
Your helicopter is controlled with the joystick; you have free movement around
the screen and the fire button fires rockets straight ahead. At the beginning
of the game, movement is sluggish and firing is slow. Collecting powerups (see
below) will improve your gunship's handling and rate of fire, among other
Unlike some games, you don't have separate weapons for air and ground targets,
nor do you have to be a certain distance away to hit a ground target. Your
rockets will automatically hit the first target whether it's an aircraft or
Some of the buildings cannot be destroyed: These and certain other tall
buildings, enemy aircraft and enemy missiles will all destroy you if you hit
them. All other ground targets can be flown over safely.
Some of the ground targets release powerups, which can be collected to
increase the capabilities of your gunship. The powerups are:
Blue diamond: Extra points
Red arrow: Increase speed
Yellow canister: Refuel
Rockets: Increased firing rate
Yellow sun: Airburst - destroys all planes on screen
Yin-yang: Extra life
The first powerup you get is usually Increase Speed; if you miss it, you'll be
too slow to get most of the others!
Refuelling at the right times is essential; in the first few games, you'll
probably lose a few lives running out of fuel until you figure out what to hit
Quitting the Game
Press SPACE on the title screen to return to the desktop.