Scramble


  • Description
    • With Scramble being one of those hidden-gems of the Arcade Game Golden Age in 1981, finding flash based ports of it in 2014 have been pretty much turning up empty. I did however, come across a color VECTOR game that incorporates many of the original themes and rules as the original raster version titled "SCRXX" (copyright 2007 by NekoGames) - Sramble fans, have a go at SCRXX, I'll keep looking for a Flash or HTML raster version of Scramble in the meantime.

      Player controls a spaceship that must infiltrate the enemy Scramble system in this side-view shooter/bomber classic. Player must destroy the Base at the end of the system.
      The player controls an aircraft, referred to in the game as a "Jet," and has to guide it across a scrolling terrain, battling obstacles along the way. The ship is armed with a forward-firing weapon and bombs; each weapon has its own button. The player must avoid colliding with the terrain and other enemies, while simultaneously maintaining its limited fuel supply which diminishes over time. More fuel can be acquired by destroying fuel tanks in the game.

      The game is divided into six sections, each with a different style of terrain and different obstacles. There is no intermission between each section; the game simply scrolls into the new terrain. Points are awarded based upon the number of seconds of being alive, and on destroying enemies and fuel tanks. In the final section, the player must destroy a "base". Once this has been accomplished, a flag denoting a completed mission is posted at the bottom right of the screen. The game then continues by returning to the first section once more, with a slight increase in difficulty.
  • Instructions
    • 10 points per second of flying.

      Missile on ground : 50 points
      Missile in air : 80 points
      UFO : 100 points
      Fuel Tank : 150 points
      Mystery Base : 100, 200, or 300 points
      Main Base : 800 points
  • Trivia and Fun Facts
    • First scrolling shooter game, featuring "forced horizontal" scrolling motion.
      Scramble is rightly considered to be a classic and was the world's first ever 'multi-level' shoot-em-up.

      Scramble was released in February 1981 in Japan.

      Sometimes unfairly referred to as a 'poor man's Defender', Scramble was not only the world's first multi-level shoot-em-up, it was also the first of its type to feature a re-fueling system. These innovations helped to ensure that Scramble was a well deserved commercial success for Konami.

      This game was the first title to use the 'Scramble Hardware', which was later used for "Super Cobra", "Lost Tomb", "The End" and a number of other titles. Many of these titles were actually bootlegs of other games, such as Namco's "Pac-Man". This was because Konami neglected to give Scramble ANY copy protection whatsoever; making it incredibly easy to run just about anything that used a Z80 processor, which, at the time, was pretty much every game out there. There were, of course, a lot of Bootleg copies of Scramble itself floating around, such as "Explorer" or "Strafe Bomb".

      Scramble is considered the first in the "Gradius" series according to the Nintendo Game Boy Advance "Gradius Galaxies" intro sequence.

      This game had a Bulgarian bootleg called "Memory Devices Facility".

      A Scramble unit appears in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'.
  • Game History
    • Scramble was released in February 1981 in Japan.