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Scramble Spirits

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Scramble Spirits
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
Commodore 64
MSX
ZX Spectrum
Grandslam
Developer:
System(s): Sega System 24, Sega Master System, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Shoot 'em Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (System 24)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (System 24)
US
$? ?

















Sega Master System
UK
£24.95[1] 7031
Sega Master System
FR
250[2]F 7031
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7031
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7031
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?



Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99[3] ?
Commodore Amiga
UK (Unique)
£? ?
Atari ST
UK
£19.99[3] ?
Atari ST
UK (Unique)
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 ?
Amstrad CPC
UK (Disk)
£14.99 ?
Amstrad CPC
ES (Cassette)
? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.99 ?
Commodore 64
UK (Disk)
£14.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Cassette)
£9.99[3][4] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Disk)
£14.99[4] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK (Unique)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
ES (Cassette)
?Ptas LYLS 062
MSX
UK
£? ?



Scramble Spirits (スクランブルスピリッツ) is a 1988 shoot-'em-up developed by Sega. Though it never reached the success of shooters from Konami or Compile, having been developed for Sega System 24 hardware meant that at the time, the graphics were far more detailed than its rivals.

The player pilots a plane that can both fire ahead and launch bombs to attack ground units, similar to Xevious.

Scramble Spirits was ported to the Sega Master System a year after the arcade release. It was also brought to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX and ZX Spectrum by Grandslam. All of these ports lack the sprite scaling, and the screen resolution is far smaller than the original arcade version. There was no North American Master System release, but one was seemingly planned for December 1989[5].

Production credits

Arcade version

  • Director: Hoko Chan
  • Video Graphics: Ojisama, Panda, Nosa
  • Programmer: Night Emperor, Mam, Issei Kun
  • Sound Design: Professor Tohru, Yatchan
  • Special Thanks to: Pon Juice, Vibrator Misaka, Ossy, Newlyweds Ici
  • Presented by: Sega


Magazine articles

Main article: Scramble Spirits/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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CVG UK 100.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #100: "March 1990" (1990-02-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #30: "March 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[6]
  • ACE (UK) #31: "April 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[7]
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CVG UK 101.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #101: "April 1990" (1990-03-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #32: "May 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[8]
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CVG UK 102.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #102: "May 1990" (1990-04-16)

Physical scans

System 24 version

System 24, US
System 24, JP

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №33, p63[9]
80 №1990-01, p60[10]
49 №4, p106[11]
49 №100, p98[12]
50 №32, p51[13]
60 №2/35
60 №1, p58[2]
54 №4
40 №23, p59
45 №5, p63[14]
100 №75, p70[15]
Sega Master System
61
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, EU
ScrambleSpirits SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
ScrambleSpirits SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Scramble Spirits SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
® variant
Scramblespirits SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
ScrambleSpirits SMS EU Cart R.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Scramblespirits SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
ScrambleSpirits SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №4/90
53 №101, p50[3]
50 №2, p47[16]
75 №29, p40[17]
59 №62, p67[18]
Commodore Amiga
62
Based on
5 reviews

Amiga, UK
Scramblespirits Amiga EU Box.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK (Unique)
ScrambleSpirits Amiga UK Box Front Unique.jpg
Cover

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №4, p130[19]
35 №45, p24/25[20]
Amstrad CPC
55
Based on
2 reviews

Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)
ScrambleSpirits CPC EU Box Front Disk.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)

Amstrad CPC, ES (disk)

Atari ST

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
52 №101, p50[3]
75 №29, p40[17]
26 №19, p26[21]
85 №2, p92[22]
Atari ST
60
Based on
4 reviews

Atari ST, UK

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Disk 1
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Disk 2
Atari ST, UK (Unique)

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 №62, p67[18]
44 №45, p24/25[20]
Commodore 64
44
Based on
2 reviews

Commodore 64, UK (cassette)

Commodore 64, UK (disk)
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Cover
Scramblespirits C64 EU Disk.jpg
Disk

MSX version

MSX, UK
Scramblespirits MSX EU Box.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
57 №101, p50[3]
70 №74, p41[23]
70 №29, p40[17]
75 №51, p12/13[24]
ZX Spectrum
68
Based on
4 reviews

ZX Spectrum, UK (cassette)
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Cover
ScrambleSpirits Spectrum UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette
ZX Spectrum, UK (disk)

Scramblespirits Spectrum EU Disk.jpg
Disk
ZX Spectrum, UK (cassette) (Unique)
ScrambleSpirits Spectrum EU Box Cassette Unique.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES (cassette)
Scramblespirits Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover

References