By: Derek Yu

On: February 22nd, 2010


Coptra is a new arena shoot ‘em up from Jan Willem Nijman, aka jwaap. Enemies and bullets move quickly in this game, making it very fast-paced. It’s simple, but the enemies and power-ups work really well together. I especially like how power-ups stack to create super-weapons.

If there’s one thing I’d change, I’d make the bomb its own unique-looking power-up. The bomb wipes out the entire screen and is the most strategical of all the weapons. Separating it from the rest would add some depth to the game and make it even more exciting.

If you plug in a dual-stick controller, you can use it to play Coptra (this game would kick ass on XBLIG). Press “B” in-game to toggle the gamepad settings until you find one that works with your controller. You can also turn off the scanlines by pressing “N”. I thought they looked cool, but I found it easier to play when they were off.

TIGdb: Entry for Coptra

  • ortoslon
  • Guy

    I can not get this game to respond to the keyboard/mouse, cannot move or fire.

  • Guy

    hahaha DISREGARD THAT I SUKK COX!!!11!!1!

  • paul eres

    nice score derek, you beat both me and timw (but still not ortoslon) :)

  • Anon

    very cool, but I wish the playing field was slightly larger! In my last attempt I managed to survive long enough to get Laser, Missile and Spread powerups, which was a spectacular combination. Stacking powerups are great! Otherwise a pretty cool, though small game.

  • qrrbrbirlbel

    man, i’ve been stuck on 61 points for a month now, but i’d love to make an xblig version of this :D

  • jw

    qrrbrbirlbel, let’s do it

    e-mail me: [email protected]

    thanks for the post! I was thinking about making it B and P but I guess I was lazy and kept it this way.

  • Word Police

    “strategical” didn’t sound like a real word to me, but two online dictionaries agreed with you. I still don’t see why you wouldn’t just say “the most strategic of all the weapons”, though. Is there a difference in meaning?

  • Alex May

    I agree with Word Police, but I would rearrange the sentence to read “The bomb wipes out most of the screen and is the weapon that encourages the most strategic game play” or some such.

  • micheal

    actually, strategical happens to be an exceptional word.

  • micheal

    also, this game kicks buttra

  • Strange

    Awesome. Simple, clean and fun. And you can pound spacebar to get to the next round after dying quickly – major plus. Fun powerups too – wish there were some more. I like the control style too.

  • ptoing

    Quite fun, but for some reason after I closed it down and then started it again the game was about as fast as a snail on tar. MASSIVE SLOWDOWN WTF?

  • meman32

    Wow, one of my new favorite games. I’ll have to give it a try with my controller.

  • Flamebait

    This kicks ass. It’s *real* easy to die, so the emphasis is on quick matches, perfect for a score based game.

  • Dustin

    This game is indeed awesome; I’d like to give a shout-out to Jabberwock, who crafted the music. I can’t wait to see what other games he’ll compose for.