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...
Xenon1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumArcadia Systems, Inc.3.68
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.27
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.66
Major Stryker1993DOS, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.53
Dragon Blaze2000Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 2Zerodiv Inc....
Redhead Redemption2014Android, iPad, iPhone9GAG, Inc....
Nighthaw-X30002017WindowsAAG Studio...
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games...
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games...
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Airwolf1987Arcade, Dedicated handheld, NESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.10
Anatomic Man1988AmigaAccolade Europe Ltd....
Hotdog Storm1996Arcade Ace International Co., Ltd. ...
Rocket Raid1983BBC MicroAcornsoft Limited...
Action 521991NESActive Enterprises Ltd.0.69
River Raid1982Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, MSX, PC Booter, Windows, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.63
Bomber Raid1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.42
River Raid II1988Atari 2600, Windows, Xbox 360Activision, Inc.3.15
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc....
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, WindowsAlgomedia Software...
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Selected Covers

Nighthaw-X3000 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Nighthaw-X3000
River Raid Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for River Raid
Major Stryker DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Major Stryker
Action 52 NES Front Cover
Front cover for Action 52
Bomber Raid SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Bomber Raid

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from River Raid
Title screen
Screenshot from Major Stryker
Choose a level
Screenshot from Noiz2sa
The main title screen
Screenshot from Action 52
Loading screen
Screenshot from Rocket Raid
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