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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 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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.60
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Assault Wings 19442005J2MEGameloft S.A.3.58
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.60
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd.5.00
Nanostray2005Nintendo DSMajesco Entertainment Company3.59
Shoot the Bullet2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.33
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd.4.00
Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse2005PlayStation 2SNK Playmore Corp....
Phantasmagoria of Flower View2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.50
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Sonic Wings2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Absolute Blue2005WindowsIntermediaware...
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Homura2005Arcade, PlayStation 2505 GameStreet...
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Terra Cresta2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Angelfish2004Windows, Windows MobileFathammer Ltd.3.50
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Gunbird: Special Edition2004PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.53
Steel Saviour2004WindowsFantastic.TV4.20
Fren-ze2004PlayStation 2, WindowsHermitgames3.00
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Tōhō: Imperishable Night2004WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice5.00
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Selected Covers

Alien Stars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Stars
Nanostray Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Nanostray
Astro Avenger Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Avenger
Homura PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Homura
Gunbird: Special Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gunbird: Special Edition

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Alien Stars
Help page
Screenshot from Astro Avenger
Main Menu
Screenshot from Angelfish
Title screen
Screenshot from Shoot the Bullet
Title screen (Japan)
Screenshot from Star Soldier