the beggining, we had shmups. Way back into the 60's, we had the
1st electronic game, called "Space Wars" - it had 2 players
trying to shoot each other, using a control similar to Asteroids.
Even being a simple game, just the fact you could beat your friend's
ass maked it a laugh to play. Then other shmups came - we had Space
Invaders, a game that basically created the whole video-game industry,
We had Asteroids, with its nice control method, Defender with its
maniac play and horizontal scrolling, Xevious with vertical scrolling
and ground bombs... and this all was before 1983.
1983, the MSX system is released, and one of its firsts games is
a shmup called "Starblazer". Even being an average game,
Starblaze gave you different missions and some nice features.
eveything, the game industy evolved In 1985, we had Nemesis in the
arcades, and Knightmare for the MSX system. And in 1985, the programmers
of Ample, in their infinite wisdow, instead of keeping the evolution,
went all way back, and made a game that looks, feels and plays older
than Space Wars. This game is "Scramble Eggs"
you can probably tell, Scramble Eggs is crap. It's not only crap,
it's probably the WORST SHMUP EVER DONE. (And I put it in capital
letters just to show you how bad it is)
gameplays goes something like that: You control a rocket, that can
move only up and down. There's a (crap drawn) terrain in the ground,
scrolling horizontally. Some eggs will come into your direction,
and you have to shoot them, freeing some small chicks. At every
2 or 3 ordinary eggs, an indesctruble purple egg will appear,. If
your ship touch an egg, a chick or a terrain, you lose a life. That's
all - after playing it for 5 seconds, you've already seen all the
game has to offer. The terrain repeat itselfs after 30 seconds or
so, and the game gets boring before you lose your 1st life.
is not only the gameplay that's bad - Look at the screenshots and
you'll see how crap the game looks. The sound is ridiculous - There's
a horrible music in the title screen, and in the game, there's an
irritanting sound playing all the time, that gets deeper when you
move down, and shriller when you move up. Moving up and down sounds
like someone who's trying to find a station to hear in the radio.
The laser sound sucks as everything else in the game.
know it may be too harsh to bash a game for being too simple, but
Scramble Eggs is WAY too simple. I really can't believe Ample tried
to sell this as a comercial game in 1985. People wouldn't play this
kind of crapness even in 1895 at the wild west. Not even pre-historical
men from 200.000 B.C. would play this stinking game. Stay away of
it, unless you have a morbid curiosity for bad games.