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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
C-RUSH2014WindowsArtnumeris 2.33
Procyon2014WindowsDeadly Red Cube4.00
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
Nux2014WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Impossible Spell Card 2014WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice3.83
Psichodelya2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Power-Up2014WindowsPsychotic Psoftware2.83
QP Shooting: Dangerous!!2014WindowsFruitbat Factory, Inc.4.17
The Blue Flamingo2014WindowsMight and Delight AB3.00
Battalion Commander 22014BrowserIriySoft3.38
Redhead Redemption2014Android, iPad, iPhone9GAG, Inc.3.50
Battalion Commander2013BrowserIriySoft3.38
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsArachnid Games3.33
Aces of the Luftwaffe2013Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHandy-Games GmbH3.40
Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil 8 bit2013Windows4.00
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2012WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd.4.33
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS...
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012WindowsNyu Media4.00
eXceed: Gun Bullet Children2012WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.56
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.91
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
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Selected Covers

PixelJunk SideScroller PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for PixelJunk SideScroller
Raiden Legacy Android Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden Legacy
Syder Arcade Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Syder Arcade
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX Windows Front Cover
Front cover for eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX

Selected Screenshots

Flying through space. We are the arrow on the left, the asterisks are the enemies.
Screenshot from Shmup
Main menu
Screenshot from Syder Arcade
Title screen
Screenshot from eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX
Title screen
Screenshot from Impossible Spell Card