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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
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG4.05
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.00
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Giga Wing 22001DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Progear2001ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Sonic Princess2001WindowsSoftware House Parsley...
Star Monkey2001WindowsSmall Rockets4.33
Zanac X Zanac2001PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaGungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
Zero Gunner 22001Arcade, DreamcastPsikyo4.32
Gradius Galaxies2001Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.54
Astro Assembler2001WindowsCamaj Interactive2.80
Kartoffelpüree: Der Gemüseshooter2001WindowsAnvil-Soft3.20
Fire Hawk2001ArcadeESD Games3.00
Ikaruga2001Android, Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, Windows, Xbox 360Infogrames, Inc.3.95
Xenon 2000: Project PCF2000WindowsBitmap Brothers, The3.22
Mars Matrix2000Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.25
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Selected Covers

Mars Matrix Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Mars Matrix
Giga Wing 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Giga Wing 2
XII Stag PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for XII Stag
Zanac X Zanac PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Zanac X Zanac
Astro Assembler Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Assembler

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Noiz2sa
Screenshot from Mars Matrix
Start screen
Screenshot from Zanac X Zanac
Title screen
Screenshot from Astro Assembler
Beach Shoot-out
Screenshot from Star Monkey