User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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.

Limitations:
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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Iridion II2003Game Boy AdvanceMajesco Sales, Inc.4.07
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
ANAL: The Rectum Adventure2003DOS3.00
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XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.88
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.00
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG4.05
DemonStar: Secret Missions 12002WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.65
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.79
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
Night Raid2001Arcade, PlayStationTakumi Corporation3.12
Zanac X Zanac2001PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaGungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Hornado2001Windows3.00
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Zero Gunner 22001Arcade, DreamcastPsikyo4.32
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Selected Covers

Platypus Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Platypus
Border Down Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Border Down
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Platypus
Stage 1 yellow border
Screenshot from Border Down