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Twin Cobra Twin Cobra - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Twin Cobra - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A vertical shoot-em-up. Players fly helicopters firing at air and ground targets. Collect power-ups green, blue, yellow, or red for better fire power. Fight a 'boss' enemy at the end of each stage.

Twin Cobra was produced by Toaplan in 1987.

Toaplan released 31 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1986. Toaplan was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Toaplan during the time period Twin Cobra was produced include: Mahjong Sisters, Pyros, Truxton, Tatsujin, Hell Fire, and Same! Same! Same!


Name Twin Cobra
Developer Toaplan (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10231
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Shooter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Twin Cobra Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireBomb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Side Art Twin Cobra Side Art Image
PCB Twin Cobra PCB Image

Game Play

The game starts off with a small red helicopter on top of a large ship which proceeds to take off. At first the foes are easy to beat and there arent too many, most are in the form of helicopters, and only one press of the fire button is required to beat an enemy.Soon the game becomes more challenging, with many enemies approaching from all sides, however, there are bonuses to help you on your way.for example collecitng a red bonus will keep the bullets you start with. Green will produce laser-like shots. Blue fires at a 45 degree angle to the left and a 45 degree angle to the right and yellow provides 4 shots a time, going in all directions. There is also another bonus changing the power of these shots increasingly. Dying will cause you to lose all bonuses. Gaining star bonuses will do nothing but give you 1000 points and 50,000 gives an extra life. Bombs are also very handy destroying most weak units in the area whilst leaving you and your ally in 2 player mode un-armedvarious bosses come in the form of tanks with various hard-to-beat attacks

Twin Cobra KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.55 (5 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.45

Overall Like 4.50
Fun (Social) 4.75
Fun (Solo) 4.50
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.20

Gameplay 4.50
Graphics 3.00
Originality 3.75
Sound/Music 2.60

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This game uses the same boardset as ISky SharkIIFlying SharkI. It can be converted into this game by switching the ROM sets.


Licensed to TaitoRomstar for US manufacture and distribution.PThis game is known as IKyuukyoku TigerI in Japan

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Twin Cobra Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 137 known instances of this machine owned by Twin Cobra collectors who are active members. Of these, 12 of them are original dedicated machines. 24 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 101 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Twin Cobra machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Twin Cobra circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Twin Cobra.

This game ranks a 41 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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Twin Cobra Arcade Marquee For Reproduction Header/Backlit Sign

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Twin Cobra Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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Romstar Twin Cobra Video Arcade Machine Flyer, 1987 NOS

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2017 1 206.50 206.50
All Years 1 206.50 206.50


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