Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

Limitations:
In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Jigoku Kisetsukan: Sense of the Seasons2015Windows4.50
Power-Up2014WindowsPsychotic Psoftware2.83
The Blue Flamingo2014WindowsMight and Delight AB2.64
Nux2014WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Redhead Redemption2014Android, iPad, iPhone9GAG, Inc.3.50
Impossible Spell Card 2014WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice3.83
QP Shooting: Dangerous!!2014WindowsFruitbat Factory, Inc.4.17
C-RUSH2014WindowsArtnumeris 2.33
Procyon2014WindowsDeadly Red Cube4.00
Broken Pearl2014Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360Wide Pixel Games4.00
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
The Final Warrior2014Browser, Ouya, WindowsJayenkai2.00
Psichodelya2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Crimzon Clover: World Ignition2014WindowsDegica Co., Ltd3.82
Twin Tiger Shark 2014Android, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows, Xbox 360Wide Pixel Games4.00
Project Root2014PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Windows, Xbox OneReverb Triple XP...
Battalion Commander 22014BrowserIriySoft3.38
Teslapunk2013Android, iPad, iPhone, Ouya, Windows PhoneklutzGames...
Anvader2013Android, Browsershimage.net...
Battalion Commander2013BrowserIriySoft3.38
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsArachnid Games3.00
Aces of the Luftwaffe2013Android, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 4, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHandy-Games GmbH3.40
Danmaku Unlimited 22013Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsDoragon Entertainment3.00
Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil 8 bit2013Windows4.00
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
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Selected Covers

The Final Warrior Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Final Warrior
Redhead Redemption Android Front Cover
Front cover for Redhead Redemption
Aces of the Luftwaffe iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Aces of the Luftwaffe
QP Shooting: Dangerous!! Windows Front Cover
Front cover for QP Shooting: Dangerous!!

Selected Screenshots

Flying through space. We are the arrow on the left, the asterisks are the enemies.
Screenshot from Shmup
Title screen
Screenshot from The Final Warrior
Title screen
Screenshot from Redhead Redemption
Title screen
Screenshot from QP Shooting: Dangerous!!