We first heard of Data East's plans to bring Cobra Command to the iPhone last month, and just got word that they plan on submitting the game to Apple this week. Originally released in 1984, Cobra Command was one of the first games to overlay computer generated graphics on top of Laser Disc footage to create arcade games that were unlike anything else available at the time.

Here are some screenshots from the latest build of the game:

Update: A new gameplay video was just released:

For comparison, here is a video of the original running inside of the Daphne emulator. This latest version of the game for the iPhone will have the following improvements over the game from 1984:

  • Full motion widescreen video, fully restored and presented in H.264 running at 60 frames per second.
  • Vastly superior graphics and effects to match the on-screen action. Including an all new Cockpit, guns, missiles, and sound effects.
  • Redesigned precision multi-touch controls.
  • Accelerometer-based tilt steering! You really are in command of the worlds most awesome combat machine.
  • Instantaneous seek time, providing a seamless experience where on on-screen action unfolds uninterrupted in real time.
  • Unlockable Bonuses. Including Arcade Classic, and Expert Modes.

If Cobra Command is submitted this week like they're planning, it should be available on the App Store sometime in mid-November.

  • Shinto

    I am very excited about this game, I like anime a lot and the game seems like a movie

    • Dylan

      This was so cool back in the day!!

  • Shinto

    I am very excited about this game, I like anime a lot and the game seems like a movie

    • Dylan

      This was so cool back in the day!!

  • blackHorse

    Please no.

  • blackHorse

    Please no.

  • Jack

    I thought Fire Fox was the first game with cg overlaid on laser disc footage?

    Still, looks good.

    • http://www.driph.com/words Chris A

      Astron Belt (the first exhibited laserdisc game overall, but released after Dragon's Lair) started the whole graphics laid over laserdisc footage thing, and then a whole bunch of games (like Cobra Command) followed suit.

  • Jack

    I thought Fire Fox was the first game with cg overlaid on laser disc footage?

    Still, looks good.

    • http://www.driph.com/words Chris A

      Astron Belt (the first exhibited laserdisc game overall, but released after Dragon's Lair) started the whole graphics laid over laserdisc footage thing, and then a whole bunch of games (like Cobra Command) followed suit.

  • Steve

    This game actually looks like fun to me.

  • Steve

    This game actually looks like fun to me.

  • Cameron

    It would be better if you could swipe your finger on the screen to aim.

  • Cameron

    It would be better if you could swipe your finger on the screen to aim.

  • TiredOfMiniGames

    This type of style is awesome. I wish they could make games with good story with it.

  • TiredOfMiniGames

    This type of style is awesome. I wish they could make games with good story with it.

  • Thor

    Outstanding, I can't wait! But the steering looks bad. Hopefully this is not the week point like in most games. Touch shooting option would be nice.

  • Thor

    Outstanding, I can't wait! But the steering looks bad. Hopefully this is not the week point like in most games. Touch shooting option would be nice.

  • br1an

    Awesome.

    More laserdisk games, please.

  • br1an

    Awesome.

    More laserdisk games, please.

  • andy

    crap

  • andy

    crap

  • decept

    This game has no 'steering' to be flawed, the gameplay revolves around you pressing a direction based upon the on screen arrow. The in the right direction and the 'movie' keeps playing, choose the wrong one or wait too long and a alternate movie shows you being blown up/crashing/etc.

    It is basically a glorified Simon Says game. Having said that, I'm looking forward to it as I fondly remember playing it on my SegaCD and the graphics for the iPhone release look much cleaner.

  • decept

    This game has no 'steering' to be flawed, the gameplay revolves around you pressing a direction based upon the on screen arrow. The in the right direction and the 'movie' keeps playing, choose the wrong one or wait too long and a alternate movie shows you being blown up/crashing/etc.

    It is basically a glorified Simon Says game. Having said that, I'm looking forward to it as I fondly remember playing it on my SegaCD and the graphics for the iPhone release look much cleaner.

  • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

    Are they going to get sued by GI JOE for that name?

    • shinobi

      Why would they be sued? GIJOE haven't trademarked that name.

  • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

    Are they going to get sued by GI JOE for that name?

    • shinobi

      Why would they be sued? GIJOE haven't trademarked that name.

  • Thor

    There will be unlockable features like classic arcade mode!?
    Thank you guys I'm def going to buy it. You really understood what fans want to see in a remake. Awesome!

  • Thor

    There will be unlockable features like classic arcade mode!?
    Thank you guys I'm def going to buy it. You really understood what fans want to see in a remake. Awesome!

  • Thor

    A W E S O M E !

  • Thor

    A W E S O M E !

  • araczynski

    nope, couldn't even stand to finish the trailer. pass.

  • araczynski

    nope, couldn't even stand to finish the trailer. pass.

  • Chang

    Wicked!! Sterling effort! Tough to record a video when games use the accelerometer (Apples on-screen Simulator doesn't support showing the accelerometer) so props for the preview!! Taking a gander at the screenshots themselves I reckon this is gonna ROCK!!

  • Chang

    Wicked!! Sterling effort! Tough to record a video when games use the accelerometer (Apples on-screen Simulator doesn't support showing the accelerometer) so props for the preview!! Taking a gander at the screenshots themselves I reckon this is gonna ROCK!!

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    I wonder what the online option in the menu is for...

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    I wonder what the online option in the menu is for...

  • Mike Buble

    this is an on rails thing right? If it's like Doom Resurrection i'm out.

  • Mike Buble

    this is an on rails thing right? If it's like Doom Resurrection i'm out.

  • Chinito77

    It doesn't get anymore "on rails" than this game. These games were big on the Sega CD back in the days. If it's not too expensive, I'll pick it up for old times sake. The graphics look nicely retouched and extra modes should be interesting. I'd like to see Time Gal, Road Avenger, or Night Trap next.

  • Chinito77

    It doesn't get anymore "on rails" than this game. These games were big on the Sega CD back in the days. If it's not too expensive, I'll pick it up for old times sake. The graphics look nicely retouched and extra modes should be interesting. I'd like to see Time Gal, Road Avenger, or Night Trap next.

  • ps

    man, i remember hating that game... cause i sucked at it. the timing was so sensitive it was lame. i think i passed the first level once. i dont think i want to re-live such trauma again. haha. oh my it looks dated.

  • ps

    man, i remember hating that game... cause i sucked at it. the timing was so sensitive it was lame. i think i passed the first level once. i dont think i want to re-live such trauma again. haha. oh my it looks dated.

  • Mario

    Demonios! he buscado este juego por años para mi PC ahora lo encuentro para IPhone / IPod... es exactamente como lo recuerdo!

    voy a comprarme un IPhone ahora mismo

    Excelente!

  • Mario

    Demonios! he buscado este juego por años para mi PC ahora lo encuentro para IPhone / IPod... es exactamente como lo recuerdo!

    voy a comprarme un IPhone ahora mismo

    Excelente!

  • slikkwon

    i purchased from app store legit and game has no audio

  • slikkwon

    i purchased from app store legit and game has no audio