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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
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
DemonStar: Secret Missions 22003WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.25
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.75
DemonStar: Secret Missions 12002WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.65
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
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
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
Ikaruga2001Android, Arcade, Dreamcast, Fire OS, GameCube, Windows, Xbox 360Infogrames, Inc.3.93
Astro Assembler2001WindowsCamaj Interactive2.80
Fire Hawk2001ArcadeESD Games3.00
Giga Wing 22001DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Kartoffelpüree: Der Gemüseshooter2001WindowsAnvil-Soft3.20
Vasara 22001ArcadeVisco Corporation4.00
Sonic Princess2001WindowsSoftware House Parsley...
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Selected Covers

Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou
Ikaruga GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Ikaruga
Platypus Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Platypus

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou
Title screen
Screenshot from Fire Hawk
Title screen
Screenshot from Vasara 2