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. 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc.4.33
DemonStar1998WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.45
Tōhō: Gensōkyō1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
ESP Ra.De.: A.D. 2018 Tokyo1998ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd.4.80
Armed Police Batrider1998ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd.3.67
RayCrisis: Series Termination1998Arcade, PlayStationWorking Designs...
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, Neo Geo, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.60
Tōhō: Kaikidan1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Fever SOS1998ArcadeCAVE Co., Ltd....
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.4.04
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Dactylus1997DOSCDM Entertainment1.40
Strikers 19451997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAgetec, Inc.4.06
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.04
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Nebula Fighter1997WindowseGames, Inc.4.50
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Blaster!1997DOSCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.3.29
Xevious 3D/G+1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.4.36
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar1997PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.50
Sol Divide1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, SEGA SaturnXS Games, LLC3.60
The Reap1997WindowsTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.89
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Selected Covers

DemonStar Windows Front Cover
Front cover for DemonStar
The Reap Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Reap
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar PC-FX Front Cover
Front cover for Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar
Sol Divide PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Sol Divide

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (windowed, double size)
Screenshot from DemonStar
The game's main menu
Screenshot from Nebula Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Kaikidan
Title screen
Screenshot from Fever SOS