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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Burai Fighter Deluxe1990Game BoyTaxan USA Corp.3.47
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.92
Burning Dragon1993PC-98WiZ...
B-Wings: Battle Wings1986NESData East Corporation2.74
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.60
Captain ED1989NESCBS/Sony Group Inc....
Captain Tomaday1999ArcadeVisco Corporation3.83
Carcharodon: White Sharks1991AmigaDemonware Softwarehaus GmbH...
Carrier Air Wing1990ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.3.83
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc.3.83
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.4.10
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.2.31
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross 20361992TurboGrafx CDMasaya...
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie1993SNESZamuse4.25
Chopper War1986Commodore 16, Plus/4Illusion Software Ltd.2.40
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar1997PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.50
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
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Selected Covers

Cloud Master SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Cloud Master
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar
Copter 271 Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Copter 271

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Cloud Master
Title screen
Screenshot from Burning Dragon
Loading screen
Screenshot from Cavern Fighter