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Scramble is a side scrolling shooter. Piloting a plane through varied (and mountainous) terrain, your goal is to infiltrate an enemy base and destroy it. Missiles, tanks, UFO's, and other enemy artillery can all be found and will try to stop you. Colliding with any of these enemies, enemy fire, or the landscape will cause you to lose one of your planes. To fight back, your plane is equipped with both bombs and guns which can destroy most of the enemies you'll encounter. Your plane has a limited amount of fuel, and you'll crash if you run out. To replenish the fuel supply, you must bomb the fuel depots which will appear on the ground occasionally.


Scramble Arcade Game often changes palette of colours
Scramble Arcade Ending Level 5
Scramble Vectrex The pathway can get narrow!
Scramble Tomy Tutor About to begin

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Alternate Titles

  • "Scramble Wars" -- Japanese Vectrex title
  • "Arcade Archives: Scramble" -- PlayStation 4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス スクランブル" -- Japanese Switch / PS4 spelling
  • "スクランブル" -- Japanese spelling

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Retro Game Reviews Vectrex May 19, 2015 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic Vectrex Sep 02, 2001 B+ 83
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Vectrex Aug, 1983 3 out of 4 75
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Feb 04, 2008 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64
Electric Playground Vectrex Jan 30, 1997 6 out of 10 60
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 18, 2006 5 out of 10 50
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2006 4.5 out of 10 45
Game Shark Xbox 360 Oct 05, 2006 D+ 33


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Scramble appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Scramble is one of those simple but ingenious concepts that have been cloned uncountable times; so many, in fact, that Gamebase64 considers Scramble a genre in itself. To confuse matters, countless Scramble clones are called either Scramble or Skramble.

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