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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
DemonStar: Secret Missions 22003WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.25
Ultra Assault2003WindowsSmall Rockets4.25
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.60
Castle Shikigami 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxXS Games, LLC2.95
Steel Dragon EX2003PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc.3.67
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Hudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Siberian Strike: Episode II2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.25
ANAL: The Rectum Adventure2003DOS3.00
Iridion II2003Game Boy AdvanceMajesco Sales, Inc.4.07
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games4.08
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
DemonStar: Secret Missions 12002WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.65
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.75
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.79
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
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Selected Covers

Platypus Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Platypus
Ultra Assault Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ultra Assault
Darius R Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Darius R

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from xSynergy Gate
Stage 1
Screenshot from Gun Viper
Main Menu
Screenshot from Platypus