Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Hot Scramble

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Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Hot Scramble
Kidō Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble
Family Computer cover art
Developer(s) Game Studio
Publisher(s) Bandai
Designer(s) Masanobu Endō
Satoshi Naito
Programmer(s) Hiroshi Shimaoka
Koichi Yamamoto
Composer(s) Neil Sedaka (original music)
Nobuyuki Ohnogi (arrangements)
Series Gundam
Platform(s) Family Computer
Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) Family Computer:
  • JP August 28, 1986
Game Boy Advance:
  • JP March 18, 2004
Genre(s) Rail shooter
First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Hot Scramble (機動戦士Ζガンダム・ホットスクランブル Kidou Senshi Gandamu: Hotto Sukuranburu?) is a 1986 multi-genre video game developed by Game Studio and published by Bandai for the Family Computer. It is based on the anime Mobile Suit Z Gundam, and is one of the first Gundam video games.

Aside from the much later Famicom Mini release, there were two versions of the game: the original release; and a special release of the central location test version, sometimes dubbed Final Version. Only 1000 copies of this second version were ever released, making it among the rarest video games in history.

Gameplay[edit]

Confronting a small squadron of Hizacks while on space patrol.

The first two parts are forward scrolling, the first taking place on earth, the second in open space and ending with either a boss battle, ranging from a Musai to the Jupitris, Paptimus Scirocco's flagship, or simply a colony or asteroid (Gryps, Axis, etc.). During these levels, player's gun is visible on screen, and can aim at and lock-on to enemies while shooting. Following this is a standard platforming section which concludes the destruction of the ship, colony, or base's reactor.[1] Three power ups in the game include a shield, which prevents some damage, a beam rifle, which allows penetrating shots on the platformer portion, and health.

Hot Scramble consists of 16 primary levels, with enemy MS appearing in order roughly corresponding to their appearance chronologically in Zeta Gundam television series. After the 16th level is beaten, another series of levels loops endlessly, however if the 16th level is cleared, a game over will display credits with a looping sprite of Zeta pilot Fa Yuiry running, the rebuilt Haro bouncing at her side, as in the show's ending.

Similar to boss fights, at certain stages, Mobile Suits such as the Psyco Gundam, Psyco Gundam MkII, Pallas Athena, or Qubeley will appear and must be destroyed (one shot, unlike bosses which take multiple hits) for the player to proceed from either the ground phase to the space phase or, during the space phase, to the boss fight.

Music[edit]

The opening music is Zeta - Toki wo Koete, the anime series' first opening theme, and the in game music is a loop of Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete, which was the second opening theme. The game over music is Hoshizora no Believe, the closing theme to the anime series.

Other information[edit]

This game was actually the very first console game based on Gundam and there have been an immeasurable number since. The very first Gundam action game was Mobile Suit Gundam: Last Shooting for the Japanese MSX computer which was released in 1984, predating Hot Scramble by two years. Last Shooting was based on the original Mobile Suit Gundam and was split between two parts: side-view levels where the player must avoid falling debris of a crumbling base, and shooting levels that feature an early cockpit view and resemble an early first-person version of Cabal (1988).[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carlo Savorelli, Kidou Senshi Z Gundam: Hot Scramble, Hardcore Gaming 101

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