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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Castle Shikigami 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxXS Games, LLC2.95
Catalypse1992Commodore 64Genias4.00
Cavern Fighter1982VIC-20, ZX SpectrumAnirog Software Ltd.1.00
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Chō Aniki1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.30
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.2.00
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross1985NESBandai Co., Ltd.1.58
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross 20361992TurboGrafx CDMasaya...
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie1993SNESZamuse4.25
Chopper War1986Commodore 16, Plus/4Illusion Software Ltd.2.40
Clean Asia!2007Macintosh, WindowsCactus Games3.08
Cloud Master1988Arcade, MSX, NES, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000Hot-B Co., Ltd.3.29
Copter 2711991Amstrad CPCLoriciel SA2.40
Coryoon: Child of Dragon1991TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.85
Cosmic Avenger1981Arcade, ColecoVisionColeco Industries, Inc.3.24
Cosmic Cop1991ArcadeIrem Corp.3.09
Cosmic Fighter1982Commodore PET/CBM...
Crisis Force1991NESKonami Co., Ltd.3.40
CrossFire1991GenesisKyugo of America, Inc.2.62
Crosswize1988ZX SpectrumFirebird Software Ltd.4.00
C-RUSH2014WindowsArtnumeris 2.33
Curse1989GenesisMicronet Co. Ltd.3.60
Cyborg Z1991MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Dactylus1997DOSCDM Entertainment1.40
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Selected Covers

Copter 271 Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Copter 271
Cloud Master SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Cloud Master
C-RUSH Windows Front Cover
Front cover for C-RUSH
Castle Shikigami 2 GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Shikigami 2
Chaos Field GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Chaos Field

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Cosmic Fighter
Intro animation
Screenshot from Copter 271
Introduction sequence
Screenshot from Clean Asia!
Title Screen
Screenshot from Cloud Master
Loading screen
Screenshot from Cavern Fighter