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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
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsArachnid Games3.33
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.45
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS...
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.91
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, MacintoshArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Irukandji2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsCharlie's Games4.45
Apache Overkill2009Android, Browser, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSPMiniclip Limited3.20
Darius Burst2009PSPTaito Corporation...
Last Hope Pink Bullets2009Arcade, DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.00
Siberian Strike2009iPhoneGameloft S.A....
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames3.95
Gradius ReBirth2009WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.43
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Selected Covers

Irukandji Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Irukandji
Liberty Wings iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Liberty Wings
Leave Home Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Leave Home
Last Hope Pink Bullets Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Last Hope Pink Bullets

Selected Screenshots

Total destruction!
Screenshot from Marsh
Main menu
Screenshot from Irukandji
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Leave Home
Title screen
Screenshot from Last Hope Pink Bullets