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.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Twinbee Portable2007PSPKonami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd....
Protoganda: Strings2007WindowsCactus Software...
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games...
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software...
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM...
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company...
Nux2006Macintosh, WindowsIdigicon Limited...
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement...
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....
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Assault Wings 19442005J2MEGameloft S.A....
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Sonic Wings2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Terra Cresta2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Raiden III2005Arcade, PlayStation 2, WindowsUFO Interactive Games, Inc.4.07
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Shoot the Bullet2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice...
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc....
Phantasmagoria of Flower View2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice...
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Under Defeat Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Under Defeat
Alien Stars Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Alien Stars
Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Collection
Astro Avenger Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Avenger

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (first)
Screenshot from Protoganda: Strings
The game can run in Tate mode - just press the R-trigger at any time to switch to it.
Screenshot from Under Defeat
Title screen
Screenshot from Alien Stars
Game UMD in PSP XMB
Screenshot from Gradius Collection
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