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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Trizeal2004Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2Datam Polystar3.75
Iridion II2003Game Boy AdvanceMajesco Sales, Inc.4.07
Siberian Strike: Episode II2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.25
Steel Dragon EX2003PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc.3.67
Ultra Assault2003WindowsSmall Rockets4.25
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.08
R-Type Final2003PlayStation 2Eidos, Inc.3.86
DemonStar: Secret Missions 22003WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.25
Space Shooter: Alpha Impact2003Windowsbhv Software GmbH & Co. KG2.60
Castle Shikigami 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxXS Games, LLC2.26
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
ANAL: The Rectum Adventure2003DOS3.00
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Hudson Soft Company, Ltd....
3105 A.D.2003Windows...
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.50
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.79
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.00
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG4.05
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Selected Covers

Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Heli Heroes
R-Type Final PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type Final
Steel Dragon EX PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Dragon EX

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Heli Heroes
Title screen.
Screenshot from Defender
Part of the introduction sequence
Screenshot from R-Type Final
Choose a level
Screenshot from Noiz2sa