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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
Pulstar1995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.00
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Strikers 19451995Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.00
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia2.90
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.06
Philosoma1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.88
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.04
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.80
Earth Defense1995GenesisRealtec Corporation3.25
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.62
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius1995PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.33
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.90
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
Sky & Rica1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
The Day 5: Assault Dragon1995DOSGameland...
Fantastic Journey1994Arcade, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.12
Raptor: Call of the Shadows1994DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.91
Highway Hunter1994DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.06
Flying Tigers1994DOSTicsoft3.31
Tubular Worlds1994Amiga, DOS, MacintoshDongleware Verlags GmbH3.77
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Selected Covers

Vertical Force Virtual Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Vertical Force
Tubular Worlds DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tubular Worlds
Philosoma PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Philosoma
The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Raiden Project

Selected Screenshots

Opening sequence
Screenshot from Garudius '95
Title screen.
Screenshot from Vertical Force
Intro sequence
Screenshot from Highway Hunter
Screenshot from Aero Fighters 3