User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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
Air Gallet1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.2.92
19XX: The War Against Destiny1996ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.89
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Gradius: Deluxe Pack1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKonami Co., Ltd.4.14
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.00
Mega Typhoon1996AmigaNordlicht EDV-Service...
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 11996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 21996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian1996PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd.3.00
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Ai Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.90
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia2.90
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.80
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius1995PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.30
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
Earth Defense1995GenesisRealtec Corporation3.25
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.62
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
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Selected Covers

Tyrian DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian
DonPachi PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for DonPachi
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for SD Gundam: Over Galaxian
RayStorm PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for RayStorm

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (shareware version).
Screenshot from Ravage
The game starts in a very small window that cannot be resized. All options shown here open in another window.
Screenshot from SK-111 'Star Killer'
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Shark
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Air Gallet