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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
DemonStar1998WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.45
ESP Ra.De.: A.D. 2018 Tokyo1998ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd.4.80
Mono Space1997DOS3.00
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
Xevious 3D/G+1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.4.36
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Net Guardian: Dai Kyō Utage1997PC-98Moguraya Soft2.80
Thunder Force V: Perfect System1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnSPAZ4.12
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Drone1997DOS, WindowsPixelsplash Software...
Nebula Fighter1997WindowseGames, Inc.4.50
B.U.G.S.1997OS/2, WindowsStardock Systems, Inc.4.00
Dactylus1997DOSCDM Entertainment1.40
The Reap1997WindowsTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.89
DoDonPachi1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.84
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software4.67
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.04
Strikers 19451997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAgetec, Inc.4.06
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.93
Sol Divide1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, SEGA SaturnXS Games, LLC3.60
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd.3.00
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Selected Covers

Sol Divide PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Sol Divide
X2: No Relief PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for X2: No Relief
Drone DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Drone
Dactylus DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dactylus
Xevious 3D/G+ PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Xevious 3D/G+

Selected Screenshots

Space ship vs giant bugs.
Screenshot from B.U.G.S.
Start screen
Screenshot from Sol Divide
Title screen
Screenshot from X2: No Relief
Title screen
Screenshot from Drone