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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 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.

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
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
3105 A.D.2003Windows...
Castle Shikigami 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Windows, XboxXS Games, LLC2.95
Astrobatics2003WindowsKraisoft Entertainment...
Platypus2002BlackBerry, iPhone, Macintosh, Palm OS, PSP, Symbian, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360MumboJumbo, LLC3.54
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Xfinity2002MophunSynergenix Interactive AB...
xSynergy Gate2002WindowsSexy Death Entertainment3.00
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Gun Viper2002Windows3.00
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Defender2002Game Boy AdvanceMidway Home Entertainment, Inc.1.79
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting2002PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd.3.33
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
XII Stag2002Arcade, PlayStation 2, Windows MobileDigital Bros. S.p.A....
The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil2002WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice2.62
DemonStar: Secret Missions 12002WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.65
Kartoffelpüree: Der Gemüseshooter2001WindowsAnvil-Soft3.20
Fire Hawk2001ArcadeESD Co., Ltd.3.00
Sonic Princess2001WindowsSoftware House Parsley...
Giga Wing 22001DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Mobile Light Force 22001Arcade, PlayStation 2, XboxXS Games, LLC...
Zanac X Zanac2001PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaGungHo Online Entertainment America, Inc.3.83
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Selected Covers

Zanac X Zanac PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Zanac X Zanac
Castle Shikigami 2 GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Castle Shikigami 2
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou

Selected Screenshots

Start screen
Screenshot from Zanac X Zanac
Title screen
Screenshot from Fire Hawk
Title screen (demo version)
Screenshot from Astrobatics
The intro features Leila flying through tunnels
Screenshot from Sonic Princess