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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Llamazap1995Atari ST16/32 Systems...
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.27
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.66
Major Stryker1993DOS, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.55
Redhead Redemption2014Android, iPad, iPhone9GAG, Inc....
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games...
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games...
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Airwolf1987Arcade, Dedicated handheld, NESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.26
Anatomic Man1988AmigaAccolade Europe Ltd....
Hotdog Storm1996Arcade Ace International Co., Ltd. ...
Rocket Raid1983BBC MicroAcornsoft Limited...
Action 521991NESActive Enterprises Ltd.0.66
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc....
Bomber Raid1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.42
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.3.62
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software...
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Wisp Lisp: Array of List2011Windows, Xbox 360Alpha Secret Base...
'43 - One Year After1986Commodore 64American Action AB...
Double Strike1990NESAmerican Video Entertainment Inc....
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Selected Covers

Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Heli Heroes
River Raid II Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for River Raid II
Major Stryker DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Major Stryker
Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Radirgy
Wisp Lisp: Array of List Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Wisp Lisp: Array of List

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (shareware version).
Screenshot from Ravage
Title screen
Screenshot from Heli Heroes
Title screen
Screenshot from River Raid II
Title screen
Screenshot from A-Type
Screenshot from Hotdog Storm
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