The World Needs A New Cobra Triangle Game
The concept of the “retro gaming” sub-genre, as it applies to modern games, is become a thing of, well, the past. While critics want to slap any term they can on a particular game to better describe it, there’s more to a lot of these throwback-looking titles than simply being “retro.” In some cases, they’re doing better than their big-budget, over-hyped contemporaries, especially when we look to the success of Shovel Knight. That title is not alone, of course, as many others are doing especially well on the console marketplaces (be it PSN or Wii U eShop) and Steam network.
This interest in gaming in its purest sense gives hope to developers and gamers alike who want to enjoy a title that is all about quality and little else. This also applies to developers looking to reboot their favourite series from the past, such as River City Ransom. The beat-‘em-up/RPG hybrid will live on soon in the form of River City Ransom: Underground following a strong campaign on crowd-funding platform KickStarter. And in thinking about all of this, it got me thinking, What other older games deserve a reboot? Instantly, my mind traveled to Cobra Triangle, a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that turned 25 years old past July and hasn’t gotten the love it deserves. Let’s change that.
For those unfamiliar with the Rare-created title, it’s a pretty straightforward affair. You take on the role of a speedboat armed with serious firepower, bullets and missiles, the latter of which you can upgrade throughout your journey. Speaking of, you essentially are tasked with driving the boat through a variety of levels, some way more treacherous than the next, to fight a series of epic sea monsters. These include larger-the-life versions of serpents, sharks, octopus, and the like, which you battle after destroying enemy speedboats, saving hostages, and beating the clock. There’s a bit more to it than that, such as the absolutely dreadful waterfall-jumping levels, but that about sums it up.
Now, in an age when these more straightforward and simplistic games are so adored, where is the Cobra Triangle reboot? OK, you can make the argument that there are other games more worthy of a fresh take, but let’s take a step back and, at least, ask for a remake. Like, for example, Ducktales: Remastered, which is actually one of the best games on Wii U, looks stunning, and plays just like the original NES title! Not only that, but there remains a desire for games centered on the mysterious location after which Cobra Triangle is named. For example, Betfair’s online casino features an arcade game outfitted with much of the same imagery! You’ll see sharks and giant squids, though the developer (Playtech) favoured sea planes as the mode of transportation over Cobra Triangle’s speedboats. That’s fair—and it also bring to mind another idea: Flip the script on the old-school game and make it about planes instead.
Think about it: The boat you drive in Cobra Triangle actually has a set of blades that emerges from its roof, and it’s used to transport you from one level to the next. What if they just went full-on plane (or even helicopter), embraced the motion controls available on consoles, and made something truly unique. Sounds like one hell of a game to me. Now, if only someone could create a KickStarter for this, we’d be all set. What say you, Internet?