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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.

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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Procyon2014WindowsDeadly Red Cube4.00
Psichodelya2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Power-Up2014WindowsPsychotic Psoftware2.83
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
Battalion Commander 22014BrowserIriySoft3.38
Rhythm Destruction2014WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
Battalion Commander2013BrowserIriySoft3.38
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsArachnid Games3.33
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS...
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.45
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.91
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Marsh2010Windows4.17
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
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Selected Covers

Power-Up Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Power-Up
Akai Katana Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Akai Katana
Satazius Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Satazius

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Power-Up
Start screen
Screenshot from Battalion Commander 2
Total destruction!
Screenshot from Marsh