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 itself 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. Chase-view shooters and rail shooters should not be included in this group.

Fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups should not be included in this group either. In general, the distinction between scrolling shooters and fixed-screen shooters is this: in a classic scrolling shooter, barring unusual situations (such as boss battles) the player usually is allowed to avoid or bypass enemies instead of shooting them, and new enemies enter the screen consistently at specific moments regardless of the player's actions. In a fixed-screen shooter the player typically faces wave after wave of enemies, and the next wave will not show up until the previous one has been defeated. A fixed-screen shooter may have a background with a scrolling effect but this alone doesn't make it a scrolling shooter.

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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
1941: Counter Attack1990Arcade, SuperGrafxCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.62
19421984Amstrad CPC, Android, Arcade, BREW, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Color, iPad, iPhone, J2ME, MSX, NES, PC-88, PlayStation 3, Sharp X1, Wii, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.19
1942: Joint Strike2008PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Capcom Entertainment, Inc.3.57
1943 Kai1988Arcade, TurboGrafx-16Capcom Co., Ltd.3.59
1943: The Battle of Midway1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.17
1944: The Loop Master2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
1945 AirWar2004J2ME...
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd....
19991987ZX SpectrumSummit Software...
19XX: The War Against Destiny1996ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc....
3105 A.D.2003Windows...
3-D Skramble1984Commodore 64LiveWire Software UK...
'43 - One Year After1986Commodore 64American Action AB...
99 Bullets2011Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.12
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Absolute Blue2005Windowsdtp entertainment AG...
Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags2010PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaLaughing Jackal Ltd....
Aces of the Luftwaffe2009Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHandy-Games GmbH...
A City Sleeps2014Macintosh, WindowsHarmonix Music Systems, Inc....
Acrobat Mission1991Arcade, SNESTaito Corporation2.75
Action 521991NESActive Enterprises Ltd.0.69
Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer1992Genesis, WiiNCS Corporation3.14
Adventures of Dino-Riki1987NESHudson Soft USA, Inc.2.22
Aegis Wing2007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.25
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Selected Covers

1942 NES Front Cover
Front cover for 1942
1942: Joint Strike Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for 1942: Joint Strike
Aegis Wing Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Aegis Wing
Action 52 NES Front Cover
Front cover for Action 52

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from 1942
Screenshot from 1944: The Loop Master
Plane select menu.
Screenshot from 1942: Joint Strike
Title Screen.
Screenshot from 3-D Skramble
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