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
Psyvariar 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp.4.00
DemonStar: Secret Missions 22003WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.25
Iridion II2003Game Boy AdvanceMajesco Sales, Inc.4.07
Space Shooter: Alpha Impact2003Windowsbhv Software GmbH & Co. KG2.60
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
ANAL: The Rectum Adventure2003DOS3.00
Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Hudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Siberian Strike: Episode II2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.25
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.79
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.75
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
DemonStar: Secret Missions 12002WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.65
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
Space Tripper2001Linux, Macintosh, WindowsPomPom Software Ltd.4.39
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Selected Covers

Darius R Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Darius R
Iridion II Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Iridion II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Darius R
What's this innocent flower-collecting girl scared of?
Screenshot from Iridion II