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.

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. 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.

Related groups:
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Jets 'n' Guns Gold2007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLinux Game Publishing Ltd.4.08
Trouble Witches: Episode 1 - Daughters of Amalgam2007WindowsStudio SiestA...
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2007WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd....
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement...
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company...
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games...
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.52006Arcade, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International...
Fuck Space!2006WindowsCactus Games...
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Nux2006Macintosh, WindowsIdigicon Limited...
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software...
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM...
Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action2006Nintendo DSBuena Vista Games, Inc....
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Terra Cresta2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc....
Raiden III2005Arcade, PlayStation 2, WindowsUFO Interactive Games, Inc.4.07
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.60
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
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Selected Covers

Last Hope Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Last Hope
Under Defeat Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Under Defeat
Triggerheart Exelica Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Triggerheart Exelica
Alien Stars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Stars
Raiden III PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden III

Selected Screenshots

The game can run in Tate mode - just press the R-trigger at any time to switch to it.
Screenshot from Under Defeat
Intro shot 1.
Screenshot from Triggerheart Exelica
Title screen
Screenshot from Alien Stars
intro...
Screenshot from Raiden III
Main menu
Screenshot from Nux
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