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Allied countries are under siege, and you're the ace shooter commissioned to end the warfare in this one-player flight sim. To do so, you strap into the Scramble Cobra with its three-pronged weapon system and first-person cockpit view.
In Scramble Cobra, you undertake ten missions, but you can fly the first five in any order. Unlimited Vulcan cannon firepower drives your aerial attack, but you can also call on a limited supply of image-recognition missiles and napalm. Your mission objectives range from destroying enemy installations to protecting cities. In all cases, the missions are timed and you can locate supply trucks to replenish dwindling ammo.
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Get behind the controls of the U.S. military's lightweight, fast-attack helicopter: the Cobra. Scramble Cobra lets you pilot the battle-ready chopper through five different scenarios that will have you eliminating special enemy vehicles, protecting supply trucks, downing aircraft and protecting bases from destruction.
The 12 different control configurations are quick and easy to learn as you wander through the countryside using only a small rectangular radar screen for guidance. Three weapons are at your disposal: missiles, a Vulcan gun and your napalm strike. The missile will be the most used weapon followed closely by the Vulcan. The napalm can cause a large amount of damage to a wide area. However, it is hard to aim and you have to be closer to the enemy than with the other weapons. Refueling trucks are present in every mission to replenish your depleted supplies. To get refueled and add weapons, you simply need to hover over the resupply truck and watch your inventory grow.
Altitude is automatically adjusted to keep you from crashing. You do. however, control the turn, roll, pitch and speed. Scramble Cobra controls like, an arcade shooter requiring you to plan only movement and offense as everything else is controlled for you by the computer. This design feature enables you to enjoy more of the fast-action destruction associated with arcade play.
Scramble Cobra is also packed with a large number of cinemas that give you hints and inform you about your mission objectives. Digitized speech also livens up the flight mission by informing you what needs to be done and more importantly that you are not alone in your effort.
Scramble Cobra blends fast-action missions with an easy-to-control interface, making it one of the premier air-combat simulators for the 3DO. The ideal game for helicopter fanatics with little patience for a more complex simulator.
If you've been wanting to fly a run-down helicopter over a cheesy pixelized background, you'll probably like Scramble Cobra. As for myself, I just didn't like this game. The chopper controlled poorly and the enemies didn't look much like anything. The background looks like it could have been done on a 16-Bit system. The digitized cinemas didn't even have the voices synched right. For a flight sim/action game, I'd skip on playing this one.
Another helicopter simulator that has no control, horrible-looking graphics and a set ot scenarios that will put any pilot to sleep. If a game like this is going to be done right, it has to be somewhat believable that you're flying a helicopter. Instead, the helicopter stays in one place, while you move the jerky terrain from side to side! The graphics and sound are both below average, with the only plus to the game being the opening rendered scene. From there on, everything goes downhill.
This game could have been done on a 16-Bit platform. The annoying commander who occasionally pops his head on screen does not even have his voice synched with the video. The chopper controls are sloppy and take a lot of time to get used to. Many of the tanks, planes and ships are indistinguishable because of the poor graphics. Flight-sim enthusiasts might find this average, but on the whole, the average gamer should pass Scramble Cobra up.
Most flight sims are in general are a little too technical and dry to be enjoyed by the player looking just to jump in and blow some things up. Scramble Cobra has a good mix of gunship accuracy and realism, leaving the long and boring action sequences of most heli-sims out. Even though there are only a handful of missions and the graphics are nothing spectacular, SC has little trouble pulling you into the excitement with its simple-controlling interface and diverse missions.
Cobra drops you into a responsive, well-armed chopper to tackle ten tough missions. Sadly, the strategy-light action demands too much basic shooting. The graphics lack strong detail, but clear sounds augment the realism. Despite its flaws, 3DO shooter fans should still test this fun chopper with a rental.
Mission-based copter sim. Ever play one? If you're over the age of five, I should imagine so. Lord knows there are enough of them out there. Scramble Cobra is another in a long line of copter sims that will ultimately have you yawning.
The missions have you doing everything from blowing up certain objectives, to protecting friendly caravans from marauding bad guys. Apparently, every mission has a time limit of eight minutes; kinda cuts down on the playing time, doesn't it. As you can see, the graphics leave a lot to be desired and the enemies are sparse. I found myself attacking my own stuff more often than not because it was amusing to hear my commander bellowing at me to stop.
From the looks of it, this is another cookie-cutter sim that offers little in variation from other titles. If you are a big fan of the genre, you may want to keep an eye out for this one, otherwise, turn the page and forget about it.