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Title: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TrekMD on April 05, 2014, 05:47:11 AM
Scramble is a 1981 horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, arcade game. It was developed by Konami, and manufactured and distributed by Leijac in Japan and Stern in North America. It was the first side-scrolling shooter with forced scrolling and multiple distinct levels.  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.

Scramble has been ported to a number of home systems, including the Vectrex.  So, how does it compare?  Check out the video...

[align=center:2yi61uqg]Let's Compare ( Scramble ) (http://http)[/align:2yi61uqg]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on April 08, 2014, 21:30:04 PM
I am still really shocked that his game did not get more official home conversions, the fact that many of the versions shown here are either homebrew or clones says it all. It's baffling in fact that it never appeared on the Atari 2600, especially when the sequel Super Cobra did.

The 7800 version is absolutely fantastic, I would still like to add it to my collection but the fact it's only sold on AtariAge has put a stop to that  :12:

The Vectrex version is very smart indeed and well worth a play too.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TrekMD on April 08, 2014, 21:33:17 PM
If you want the 7800, let me know and I'll get it for you.  :) 
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on April 09, 2014, 14:11:15 PM
[align=center:38uhwymt]There are a couple of different versions available for the Sinclair ZX81 too!

Kouen's Failures: QS Scramble (ZX81) (http://http)

Scramble on 16k Sinclair ZX81 (Timex Sinclair 1000). Gameplay & Commentary (http://http)[/align:38uhwymt]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: onthinice on April 10, 2014, 15:31:59 PM
Not sure I have ever played Scramble and kept wondering why this game is familiar to me. Turning my head sideways, it is like playing River Raid. Some very good versions for the home consoles.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on April 10, 2014, 15:54:49 PM
[align=center:xqthhkwz]The second Caverns Of Mars game for the Atari 8-bit is also a clone of Scramble too:

Caverns of Mars 2 Scramble rip Atari 800 gameplay (http://http)[/align:xqthhkwz]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TrekMD on April 10, 2014, 18:20:07 PM
That is cool.  I didn't realize that game was a clone.  I thought it was a new version using the same formula of the original.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on April 11, 2014, 18:39:02 PM
[align=center:21i8ex37]They missed out the Atari ST version of the game too:

(http://www.atarimania.com/st/screens/super_scramble_budgie_uk.gif)  (http://www.atarimania.com/st/screens/super_scramble_budgie_uk_2.gif)

(http://www.atarimania.com/st/screens/super_scramble_budgie_uk_3.gif)  (http://www.atarimania.com/st/screens/super_scramble_budgie_uk_4.gif)[/align:21i8ex37]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on April 16, 2014, 19:30:36 PM
[align=center:2dhivb9y]And of course there is also the Scramble clone Degz on the Jaguar, which isn't bad but suffers from from really bad collision detection and annoying sound effects:

Atari Jaguar - DEGZ (http://http)[/align:2dhivb9y]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TrekMD on April 16, 2014, 21:51:57 PM
I had completely forgotten about Degz!
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: guest5190 on May 15, 2014, 17:52:18 PM
One of my fav old school arcade games.

The Vectrex version is just pure class.

I remember enjoying the ZX81 version, but from the clip in this thread it's doesn't look as good as I remember :)
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: zapiy on May 15, 2014, 20:30:38 PM
The C64 and Vectrex version look proper smart and a special shout to the 7800 version also. :113:
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: Sokurah on May 16, 2014, 00:34:00 AM
The Spectrum version is pretty good for an early Spectrum game. I played it a lot back then. Considering that the hardware isn't suitable for sideways scrolling games I think they pulled it off pretty well.

Wow, the first C64 and Vic-20 versions look really terrible. The second C64 version looks a lot better though.

The Tommy Tutor, Atari 7800, versions seems very arcade accurate.

The GBA version looks perfect.

The Vectrex version is great. There is a great remake of it btw: http://www.glbasic.com/showroom.php?game=Scramble (http://http)

The Playstation is pretty perfect, but then it should be as it's emulated.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TL on June 13, 2014, 20:36:40 PM
[align=center:6iv2uc2d]Commodore 16/Plus4 - Skramble - Longplay (http://http)[/align:6iv2uc2d]
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: davyk on June 13, 2014, 21:12:27 PM
GBA version quite impressive. Vectrex looks brilliant.

The 7800 version looks good but that judder at the screen edge would put me off too much - pity that.
Title: Re: Let's Compare Scramble
Post by: TrekMD on June 13, 2014, 22:05:22 PM
The Vectrex version is really well done.  They really did an impressive job with that port.