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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
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.88
Night Raid2002PlayStationTakumi Corporation3.20
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.50
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.00
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
Fire Hawk2001ArcadeESD Games3.00
Sonic Princess2001WindowsSoftware House Parsley...
Gradius Galaxies2001Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.54
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Astro Assembler2001WindowsCamaj Interactive2.80
Giga Wing 22001DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Zanac X Zanac2001PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaGungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Zero Gunner 22001Arcade, DreamcastPsikyo4.32
Ikaruga2001Android, Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, Windows, Xbox 360Infogrames, Inc.3.95
Star Monkey2001WindowsSmall Rockets4.33
Gradius III and IV2000PlayStation 2Konami of America, Inc.3.14
Apano Sin2000AmigaVertrieb Alfred Knötig3.17
1944: The Loop Master2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.3.17
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Selected Covers

Giga Wing 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Giga Wing 2
Gradius Galaxies Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Galaxies
Darius R Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Darius R

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Defender
Title screen
Screenshot from Gradius Galaxies
Title screen
Screenshot from Darius R
Main menu
Screenshot from Hornado