Lost In Translation/Twin Cobra

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Twin Cobra
Twin Cobra marquee.
No screen shot.
Twin Cobra control panel.
Manufacturer Toaplan Taito Corporation
Released 1987
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 7.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.500 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM3812 (@ 3.500 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
320 x 240 pixels
54.88 Hz
1,792 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 27 ROMs
938,592 bytes (916.59 KiB)
MAME ID twincobr · ktiger · twincobu

About The Game

Twin Cobra is a vertically scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up.


Differences Between Twin Cobra and Kyukyoku Tiger

  • T.C. supports two simultaneous players.
  • K.T. supports two players, but only one at a time. For this reason, it also supports Table Top cabinets.
  • T.C. stores 3 characters for high scores.
  • K.T. stores 6 characters for high scores.
  • T.C. heroes are Red and Blue for player 1 and 2 respectively.
  • K.T. heroes are grey for both players.
  • T.C. dead remains of ground tanks are circular.
  • K.T. dead remains of ground tanks always vary in shape.
  • T.C. continues new hero and continued game at current position.
  • K.T. continues new hero and continued game at predefined positions.
  • After dying and your new hero appears, if you do not travel more than your helicopter length forward, you are penalised and moved back further when your next hero appears.
  • K.T. Due to this difference in continue sequence, "Kyukyoku Tiger" is MUCH harder, challenging and nearly impossible to complete !

Released in October 1987.

Licensed to Taito.

Licensed to Romstar for US distribution (November 1988).

This game is known in Japan as "Kyukyoku Tiger".

Soundtrack releases :

Kyukyoku Tiger - G.S.M. Taito 2 [Pony Canyon / Scitron - D28B0008 - 1988.11.21]


  1. Twin Cobra (1987)
  2. Twin Cobra II (1995)
  3. Kyukyoku Tiger II Plus (1997, Sega Saturn)


Music & Sound Created By
Tatsuya Uemura

Cabinet and Artwork


NEC PC-Engine (1989)
Nintendo Famicom (1989)
Sega Mega Drive (1991)
FM Towns Marty (1994)
Sony PlayStation (1996, "Toaplan Shooting Battle 1")
Commodore C64 (1988)
Sharp X68000

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Kyukyoku Tiger -G.S.M. Taito 2- D28B-0008[1] 1988-11-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Ultimate Tiger -G.S.M. Taito 2- 25P5-0008[2] 1988-11-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. Cassette version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.