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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
Baroque Shooting2000WindowsSting, Inc.2.12
Gradius III and IV2000PlayStation 2Konami of America, Inc.3.14
1944: The Loop Master2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.3.17
Xenon 2000: Project PCF2000WindowsBitmap Brothers, The3.22
Giga Wing1999Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.29
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc.4.00
Moon Patrol / Spy Hunter1999Game Boy ColorMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Zeroth Zone1999DOSBinary Spells Industries2.00
Strikers 1945 Plus1999Arcade, iPhone, PSPPM Studios, Inc.5.00
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
R-Type DX1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.33
Guwange1999Arcade, Xbox 360Atlus Co., Ltd.4.33
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.97
Prehistoric Isle 21999ArcadeSNK Corporation4.50
T-Zero1999AmigaPXL computers3.68
Battle Bakraid1999ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd.2.67
Tōhō: Gensōkyō1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
R-Types1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.3.08
Powder1998AmigaVerkosoft Publishing4.40
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc.4.33
Gunbird 21998Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.80
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.00
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Radiant Silvergun
Xenon 2000: Project PCF Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Xenon 2000: Project PCF
Gradius III and IV PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III and IV
Strikers 1945 Plus iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Strikers 1945 Plus
Gunbird 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Gunbird 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Radiant Silvergun
Title screen
Screenshot from Zeroth Zone
Title screen. Running in windowed mode on Windows 7, XP compatibility settings
Screenshot from Xenon 2000: Project PCF
Title screen
Screenshot from PixelShips
Opening movie.
Screenshot from Strikers 1945 Plus