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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
1944: The Loop Master2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.3.17
Gradius III and IV2000PlayStation 2Konami of America, Inc.3.14
Apano Sin2000AmigaVertrieb Alfred Knötig3.17
Baroque Shooting2000WindowsSting, Inc.2.12
Giga Wing1999Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.29
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Battle Bakraid1999ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd.2.67
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc.4.00
Moon Patrol / Spy Hunter1999Game Boy ColorMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
Prehistoric Isle 21999ArcadeSNK Corporation4.50
Guwange1999Arcade, Xbox 360Atlus Co., Ltd.4.33
T-Zero1999AmigaPXL computers3.68
R-Type DX1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.33
Strikers 1945 Plus1999Arcade, iPhone, PSPPM Studios, Inc.5.00
Zeroth Zone1999DOSBinary Spells Industries2.00
Tōhō: Kaikidan1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.00
R-Types1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.08
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.85
Powder1998AmigaVerkosoft Publishing4.40
ESP Ra.De.: A.D. 2018 Tokyo1998ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd.4.80
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
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Selected Covers

Tyrian 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian 2000
R-Type Delta PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type Delta
R-Types PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for R-Types
Giga Wing Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Giga Wing
Apano Sin Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Apano Sin

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Kaikidan
Main Title Screen.
Screenshot from Moon Patrol / Spy Hunter
Screenshot from 1944: The Loop Master
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian 2000
Screenshot from Prehistoric Isle 2