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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
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.71
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS...
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.60
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, MacintoshArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Apache Overkill2009Android, Browser, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSPMiniclip Limited3.20
Irukandji2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsCharlie's Games4.45
Siberian Strike2009iPhoneGameloft S.A....
Gradius ReBirth2009WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.43
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames3.95
Last Hope Pink Bullets2009Arcade, DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.00
R-Type Dimensions2009Xbox 360Tozai, Inc.3.50
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Selected Covers

Fast Striker iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Fast Striker
Irukandji Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Irukandji
Syder Arcade Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Syder Arcade
Air Attack Android Front Cover
Front cover for Air Attack

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Fast Striker
Main menu
Screenshot from Irukandji
Main menu
Screenshot from Syder Arcade
Android version adds "HD" to the title
Screenshot from Air Attack