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Scramble by BMan2
Game:ScrambleCompany:Stern
Type:ShooterPlayers:1-2

What's long, flat and will play almost 100 games on it's own hardware? That's right folks - break out your bootleg ROMS - it's time for the classic shooter of the 80's Scramble to be put under the microscope. The concept of Scramble is nothing new - and let's face it - there wasn't too much thought on plot development in arcade games in 1981 :P The idea again is classic - shoot them before they shoot you. The arsenal of your spaceship includes the famous forward firing gun - but also - a bomb that drops onto the ground below - helpful for picking up those vital fuel drums. There are five stages for you to battle through that I can see within Scramble - although I must admit - I have neither the skill, or the patience (more on this later) to find out what's at the end of the fifth stage. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated :P
Graphically, Scramble is a bit of a nightmare - and it surprises me that MAME shows it up as using a static display of 96 colours. Why?? The animation is, well, apart from the blocky and jerky explosions, non existant. The sprites are blockily drawn - and the backgrounds are a series of tiles. Harsh? Maybe - but remember Galaga was released in the same year - and the fluidity of it's graphics pale Scramble well into the background. We'll say that they graphics put something on the screen to look at.
Could I get harsher? Most definitely. Sound on Scramble is an appalling attempt at filling your ears with aural pleasure. The music is tinny, and does NOTHING to improve/attract the game for the player. The sound effects (ie explosions/guns etc) are scratchy and almost in your ears being very much so on the loud side - making you reach for the ear plugs/volume control asap. A very poor effort.
Now before you diehard Scramble fans scream blue murder - there is something that keeps people coming back to Scramble - and i'ts that old favourite gameplay. Combined with a very definite sense of challenge - Scramble presents itself as an obviously bare-boned, but concise game - leaving you with the straight battle between you and the computer. And as stated previously, this game isn't easy - and the frustration of going RIGHT back to the start of the stage when you die - is enough to make most gameplayers scream that they can beat it with just ONE more try. Strategies are developed, patterns are formed - and bingo you've got an addiction.
And it is an addiction that keeps people coming back to scramble - and despite the harsh words I've given to Scramble on it's technical downfall - it's still a game that I have in my collection. Why? Because this is arcade gaming with it's pants down - and it should be admired for doing so -and hell - I STILL can't get past the fourth stage!
Graphics
3
2
Sound
Play Control
7
8
Challenge
Replay Value
8
5
Performance
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