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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.

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. 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.

Related groups:
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
R-Type DX1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.33
Zeroth Zone1999DOSBinary Spells Industries2.00
T-Zero1999AmigaPXL computers3.68
B.U.G.S.1998WindowsStardock Systems, Inc.4.00
A-Type1998AmigaAbyss4.20
Gunbird 21998Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
R-Types1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.08
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.50
RayCrisis: Series Termination1998Arcade, PlayStationWorking Designs...
Kaien1998PC-982.80
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth1998Nintendo 64Electro Brain Corp.3.67
Tōhō: Kaikidan1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Tōhō: Gensōkyō1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
DemonStar1998WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.45
Gunbee F-99: The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko1998AmigaAPC&TCP3.80
Powder1998AmigaVerkosoft Publishing4.40
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.85
DoDonPachi1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.69
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Raiden II1997WindowsCyberFront Corporation3.30
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.04
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
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Selected Covers

Blazing Star iPad Front Cover
Front cover for Blazing Star
R-Type DX Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type DX
DemonStar Windows Front Cover
Front cover for DemonStar
Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Radiant Silvergun

Selected Screenshots

The intro.
Screenshot from Blazing Star
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Type DX
Title screen (windowed, double size)
Screenshot from DemonStar
Title screen
Screenshot from A-Type