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
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.27
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.69
Major Stryker1993DOS, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.55
Redhead Redemption2014Android, iPad, iPhone9GAG, Inc.3.50
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.08
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Hotdog Storm1996Arcade Ace International Co., Ltd. 3.00
Rocket Raid1983BBC MicroAcornsoft Limited...
River Raid1982Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, MSX, PC Booter, ZX SpectrumActivision, Inc.3.61
Bomber Raid1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.35
River Raid II1988Atari 2600Activision Publishing, Inc.3.15
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc.2.12
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
Revolver360 Re:Actor2014WindowsAGM Playism3.67
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software4.67
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Wisp Lisp: Array of List2011Windows, Xbox 360Alpha Secret Base...
'43 - One Year After1986Commodore 64American Action AB1.00
Double Strike1990NESAmerican Video Entertainment Inc.1.94
Super Shooting Towns1991FM TownsAmorphous...
Excellent 101990FM TownsAmorphous...
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Selected Covers

River Raid II Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for River Raid II
Revolver360 Re:Actor Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Revolver360 Re:Actor
Jets 'n' Guns Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jets 'n' Guns
Bomber Raid SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Bomber Raid

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Noiz2sa
Title screen
Screenshot from River Raid II
Title screen
Screenshot from Revolver360 Re:Actor
The first thing that loads off the CD is this menu
Screenshot from Super Shooting Towns
Main menu
Screenshot from Jets 'n' Guns