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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
Raiden II1997WindowsCyberFront Corporation3.30
Raiden DX1997PlayStationHAMSTER Corporation...
Sol Divide1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, SEGA SaturnXS Games, LLC3.60
Drone1997DOS, WindowsPixelsplash Software...
Dactylus1997DOSCDM Entertainment...
Net Guardian: Dai Kyō Utage1997PC-98Moguraya Soft2.80
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
DoDonPachi1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.69
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Xevious 3D/G+1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.3.22
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.80
Stargunner1996DOS, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.73
Quasar Wars1996AmigaLight Designs...
Flame Zapper Kotsujin1996PC-98CO2-PRO1.00
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd.3.00
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian1996PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
Mega Typhoon1996AmigaNordlicht EDV-Service...
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 11996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 21996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.00
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Defender 20001996JaguarAtari Corporation4.38
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Selected Covers

Sol Divide PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Sol Divide
Xevious 3D/G+ PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Xevious 3D/G+
Raiden II Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden II
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for SD Gundam: Over Galaxian
Kyuiin PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Kyuiin

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Raiden DX
Start screen
Screenshot from Sol Divide
Title screen
Screenshot from Xevious 3D/G+
Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Yumejikū
Title screen
Screenshot from Raiden II