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 itself 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.

Limitations:
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. Chase-view shooters and rail shooters should not be included in this group.

Fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups should not be included in this group either. In general, the distinction between scrolling shooters and fixed-screen shooters is this: in a classic scrolling shooter, barring unusual situations (such as boss battles) the player usually is allowed to avoid or bypass enemies instead of shooting them, and new enemies enter the screen consistently at specific moments regardless of the player's actions. In a fixed-screen shooter the player typically faces wave after wave of enemies, and the next wave will not show up until the previous one has been defeated. A fixed-screen shooter may have a background with a scrolling effect but this alone doesn't make it a scrolling shooter.

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.

Related groups:
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc....
Shoot the Bullet2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice...
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Sonic Wings2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse2005PlayStation 2SNK Playmore Corp....
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment...
Star Trek: The Birds of Prey2004J2MEJumbuck Entertainment Ltd...
Fren-ze2004PlayStation 2, WindowsHermitgames...
Steel Saviour2004WindowsFantastic.TV...
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Gunbird: Special Edition2004PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
AfterBurn2004Windows...
Gradius V2004PlayStation 2Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.28
TUMIKI Fighters2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows...
Mushihimesama2004Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International...
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd....
Tōhō: Imperishable Night2004WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice...
Angelfish2004Windows, Windows MobileFathammer Ltd....
Eagle Squadron2004ExEnIn-Fusio...
Trizeal2004Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2Datam Polystar...
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.27
AirStrike 22004WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Trizeal Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Trizeal
Jets 'n' Guns Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jets 'n' Guns

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Jets 'n' Guns
Title screen
Screenshot from Alien Stars
Main menu
Screenshot from AirStrike 2
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