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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
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.04
Into the Sun: Projected Distruction1995DOSC&M Entertainment Co....
Sky & Rica1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia2.90
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Strikers 19451995Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.00
Ai Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.2.67
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.2.00
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.3.80
Pulstar1995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.00
Earth Defense1995GenesisRealtec Corporation3.25
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.62
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.90
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Philosoma1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.88
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.06
The Day 5: Assault Dragon1995DOSGameland...
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius1995PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.33
Zed Blade1994ArcadeNMK Co. Ltd.3.50
Super Beemger1994DOSSoft Town...
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Selected Covers

Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000
Vertical Force Virtual Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Vertical Force
DonPachi PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for DonPachi

Selected Screenshots

From the intro: our heroine runs to her fighter.
Screenshot from Pulstar
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Shark
Load screen
Screenshot from Trauma
Screenshot from Zed Blade