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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Control a spaceship that must infiltrate the enemy Scramble system in a classic side-scrolling shooter. Armed with guns and bombs, players must navigate swarms of enemies, meteors, missiles through six fiendish levels. Shoot fuel canisters to replenish your reserves in order to make it to the enemy base at the end of the system. [Konami] Expand
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  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Scramble on the 360 is a faithful rendition of the original arcade game. If that alone doesn't get you excited, you should probably take a pass.
  2. 60
    All problems with the multiplayer aside, this game is lots of fun, especially if you’ve never played it before. The achievements are a bit easy, and lack of used screen space will wear on the nerves of any HD user.
  3. A serviceable shooter that arcade fans should moderately enjoy. But if all you have are a certain amount of points to spend in the XBLA field, I suggest going with "Time Pilot" first. This game's fuel seems to run out quicker than it lets on.
  4. It's really not that engaging a game in 2006 once you've got over the initial reaquaintence, and certainly not deserving of a standalone release on Live Arcade when there are so many more worthwhile games to download.
  5. If you like twitchy old-style gameplay, Konami's Time Pilot port is a much better use of your 400 Microsoft Points($5). [Dec. 2006, p.76]
  6. 45
    Better shooters are available for free on the web or for a small fee through Live Arcade. If you loved Scramble in 1981, then there might be something here worth looking at. Otherwise, you'd be much better off sticking with "Galaga" or "Geometry Wars."
  7. Pointless - for the two minutes you'll bother. [Nov 2006, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. SlartiB.
    Sep 30, 2006
    Great game! Love the classics, hope they keep coming.
  2. HughJ.
    Sep 30, 2006
    If you're over 30 and remember video arcades, this is a welcome throwback to those days. The graphical and sound updates are nicely done and do not detract from the classic gameplay. Achievements and online leaderboards make the game well worth the modest asking price. Bashers of classic games or people who say "why play oldies on a modern system?" should keep their low scores to themselves -- this kind of game just isn't for them, and they should stick to the conventional packages in shrinkwrap on DVD. Expand
  3. AdrianHarverson
    Jun 1, 2008
    An old game requiring old style playing ie it's fairly punishing if aproached like you would a console game.Simple enough design but nothing you can really fault with how it plays.One of my most played games of the early eighties and the addition of enhanced graphic mode makes this look a little more the part.

    Frustrating if you're not any good at the older arcade games but worthy of your time if you give it some effort.
  4. Andyman
    Sep 17, 2006
    Scramble was crap in 1981, and 25 years have only enhanced its stench. Oddly enough, the game spawned several clones back then, although I have no clue why. Its gameplay is extremely weak and incredibly frustrating, and the game has exactly no replay value. Sure, Konami has added small updates like they've done with Frogger and Time Pilot, but there's no cleaning up this pile of trash. Grab the Trial version if you're curious, but I guarantee you won't be buying this one. Expand