Scramble Formation

Arcade Video game published 35 years ago by Taito

Scramble Formation screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Scramble Formation © 1986 Taito Corp.

Flying over the city of Tokyo in your bi-plane you must shoot down hordes of enemy planes whilst avoiding their attacks.

Collect and control multiple biplanes to increase your firepower and help you to victory.


You can changes the title from Japanese (Scramble Formation) to English (Tokio).

Game ID: G20 00500A
Prom Stickers : A71

Main CPU : (2x) Zilog Z80
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80
Sound Chips : YM2203

Players : 1
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2 => [A] Shoot, [B] Change formation


Scramble Formation was released in April 1986.

Taito released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Taito Sound Team Demo Tape ver.1986).


* Formations :
1) Line : safety mode. This mode allows both aerial and ground attacks, but you only get a narrow shot area. The multiple biplanes are susceptible to getting hit too, so watch your flying.
2) Delta : aerial attack mode. The firepower can only hit flying planes, no ground shoots.
3) Crux : ground attack mode. Only ground objects can be hit. This is also the only mode that can destroy the boss ship.

* If you press A+B the multiple biplanes will be released. This can be used as a sort of shield.


NOTE: Please visit the Romstar release entry for a list of ports released in North America.

* Consoles:
FM Towns Marty [JP]
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[EU] Sony PS2 (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
[KO] Sony PS2 (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"

[JP] MSX (1987)
[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"


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