Formation Armed F

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Formation Armed F
Box art for the NEC PC Engine release of Formation Armed F
Takanori Tanaka and team
Designer(s)Takanori Tanaka
Platform(s)Arcade, NEC PC Engine
ReleaseAugust 1988 (Arcade)[1]
1990 (NEC PC Engine)
Genre(s)Shooter game
Mode(s)Single player, 2 player co-op
Arcade systemArmed Formation[2]

Formation Armed F (フォーメーション アームドF) is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released by Nichibutsu in 1988. The player controls a spacecraft called the Vowger and shoots enemies, collects power-ups and attempts to defeat bosses to advance levels. The Vowger can be changed to shoot in a multitude of formations and directions.


Screenshot of the arcade version.

Taking place in the future of the space pioneering era, a mysterious point in the galaxy known as Point X1Y7Z94 is accidentally discovered, suddenly opens up and engulfs the stations nearby. All radio transmissions are silenced by the unknown, but violent forces on the other side as the point shows the energy capable of opening a black hole. The Milky Way Federation sends the latest developed star fighter in their fleet, the Vowger RC30, to Point X1Y7Z94 to investigate the area and eliminate the forces responsible for the events.


Formation Armed F was released as "Armed F" on the Nintendo Switch in the Nintendo eShop on 28 March 2019 by Hamster Corporation as part of their Arcade Archives series.[3]


  1. ^ "Armed Formation". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ "MAME | SRC/Mame/Drivers/Armedf.c". Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Lane, Gavin (2020-03-13). "Guide: Every Arcade Archives Game On Nintendo Switch, Plus Our Top Picks". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2020-03-28.

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