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:
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.