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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.

Related groups:
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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG4.05
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.31
Stargunner1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.73
Homura2005PlayStation 2505 GameStreet...
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.08
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.00
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
A-Type1998AmigaAbyss4.20
Xecutor1987ZX SpectrumACE3.89
Rocket Raid1983BBC MicroAcornsoft Limited...
Bomber Raid1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
River Raid II1988Atari 2600Activision Publishing, Inc.3.15
River Raid1982Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, MSX, PC Booter, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.64
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc.2.00
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Dark Corona Pegasus1997Windows Algomedia Software3.67
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Moon Cresta1980Amstrad CPC, Android, Arcade, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, Wii, ZX SpectrumHAMSTER Corporation2.80
'43 - One Year After1986Commodore 64American Action AB1.00
Double Strike1990NESAmerican Video Entertainment Inc.2.00
Super Shooting Towns1991FM TownsAmorphous...
Scramble Eggs1983MSXAmple Software...
Deathsmiles2007Arcade, iPhone, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International...
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Selected Covers

Bomber Raid SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Bomber Raid
Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Radirgy
River Raid II Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for River Raid II
Moon Cresta ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Moon Cresta
Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Heli Heroes

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from Bomber Raid
Title screen in Tate (vertical screen) mode.
Screenshot from Radirgy
Loading screen
Screenshot from Rocket Raid
Title screen
Screenshot from River Raid II
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from Space Marauder