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.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Gradius V2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.32
Gunbird: Special Edition2004PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd....
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment...
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
ANAL: The Rectum Adventure2003DOS...
Steel Dragon EX2003PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3D3Publisher Inc....
Astrobatics2003WindowsKraisoft Entertainment...
Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Hudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Espgaluda2003Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International...
3105 A.D.2003Windows...
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.60
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd....
Ultra Assault2003WindowsSmall Rockets...
Psyvariar 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp....
Castle Shikigami 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxXS Games, LLC2.95
Siberian Strike: Episode II2003J2MEGameloft S.A....
DemonStar: Secret Missions 22003WindowsMountain King Studios Inc....
Iridion II2003Game Boy AdvanceMajesco Sales, Inc....
R-Type Final2003PlayStation 2Eidos, Inc.3.86
Space Shooter: Alpha Impact2003Windowsbhv Software GmbH & Co. KG...
PARSEC472003Linux, Macintosh, WindowsABA Games...
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment...
Gun Viper2002Windows...
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
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Selected Covers

Steel Dragon EX PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Steel Dragon EX
Chaos Field GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Chaos Field
Border Down Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Border Down
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius V
Iridion II Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Iridion II

Selected Screenshots

Stage 1
Screenshot from Gun Viper
Stage 1 yellow border
Screenshot from Border Down
Konami logo
Screenshot from Gradius V
What's this innocent flower-collecting girl scared of?
Screenshot from Iridion II
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