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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.

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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsArachnid Games3.33
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS...
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.45
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.91
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, MacintoshArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Siberian Strike2009iPhoneGameloft S.A....
Darius Burst2009PSPTaito Corporation...
F-22 Raptor2009J2MEIF Europe...
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames3.95
Irukandji2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsCharlie's Games4.45
Gradius ReBirth2009WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

99 Bullets Nintendo DSi Front Cover
Front cover for 99 Bullets
Akai Katana Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Akai Katana
Irukandji Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Irukandji

Selected Screenshots

Introduction screen
Screenshot from Genetos
Total destruction!
Screenshot from Marsh
Title screen
Screenshot from F-22 Raptor
Main menu
Screenshot from Irukandji