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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
1941: Counter Attack1990Arcade, SuperGrafxCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.50
19421984Amstrad CPC, Arcade, BREW, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, J2ME, MSX, NES, PC-88, PlayStation 3, Sharp X1, Wii, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.16
1942: Joint Strike2008PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.43
1943 Kai1990Arcade, TurboGrafx-16Capcom Co., Ltd.3.59
1943: The Battle of Midway1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.13
1944: The Loop Master2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.3.17
1945 AirWar2004J2ME2.25
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd.4.00
19991987ZX SpectrumSummit Software2.20
19XX: The War Against Destiny1996ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.89
3105 A.D.2003Windows...
3-D Skramble1984Commodore 64LiveWire Software UK2.44
'43 - One Year After1986Commodore 64American Action AB1.00
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.05
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Absolute Blue2005WindowsIntermediaware...
Acrobat Mission1991Arcade, SNESTaito Corporation2.81
Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer1992Genesis, WiiNCS Corporation3.23
Adventures of Dino-Riki1987NESHudson Soft USA, Inc.2.24
Aegis Wing2007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.20
Aero Fighters1992Arcade, SNESVideo System Co., Ltd.3.90
Aero Fighters 21994Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.95
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.06
Aerostar1991Game BoySun Corporation of America3.66
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Selected Covers

Aegis Wing Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Aegis Wing
Aero Fighters 2 Neo Geo CD Front Cover
Front cover for Aero Fighters 2
1942 NES Front Cover
Front cover for 1942

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Aegis Wing
Title screen (US)
Screenshot from Aero Fighters 2
The game's title screen
Screenshot from 3105 A.D.
Title screen
Screenshot from Abaron
Title screen
Screenshot from 1942