Scramble Formation

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Scramble Formation
Scramble Formation Arcade flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Taito
Platform(s) Arcade, MSX
Release Arcade
  • JP: April 1986
  • NA: 1986
  • JP: August 28, 1987
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Cabinet Vertical
Sound YM-2203
Display Raster

Scramble Formation (スクランブル・フォーメーション?, Sukuranburu Fōmēshon) is a vertical scrolling shooter game released by Taito in Japanese arcades in 1986.[1] It was released by Romstar in North American arcades under the name Tokio.


In the game, the player controls a red propeller-driven airplane, flying over the city of Tokyo.[2] He's able to shoot and capture other red, smaller planes, which then will follow the player in formation. The player can choose between 3 formations: the first is able to shoot both air-to-air and air-to-ground projectiles, the second only air-to-air (but on a larger area), the third only air-to-ground (but on a larger area as well). During gameplay, the player should react accordingly to the threats and quickly decide which one of the 3 formation types is more adequate at one given moment.

The game is divided in areas, depicting key places in Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Akasaka, and Ginza. There are no clearly defined "levels", but at some points the player is faced by a giant mothership, which can be shot down by hitting its engines.

Ports and re-releases[edit]

A port was released for the MSX 2 home computer in 1987.[3]