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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.34
Aerostar1991Game BoySun Corporation of America3.66
Aftermath1986Commodore 64Alpha-Omega Software1.20
Agony1992AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.79
Ai Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.00
Air Attack1996ArcadeComad Industry Co., Ltd.2.40
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Air Buster1990Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16Hudson Soft USA, Inc.3.51
Air Force Missions 2007WindowsMyPlayCity.com4.00
Air Gallet1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.2.92
Airstrike1982Atari 8-bitDynamics Marketing3.00
AirStrike 22004WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.83
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T.2002WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.17
Airstrike II1983Atari 8-bitEnglish Software Company, The3.00
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd.4.00
Air Supply1990Amiga, Atari STMagic Bytes...
Airwolf1987Arcade, NESKyugo Trading Co., Ltd3.03
Airwolf 21987Amstrad CPC, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumEncore2.93
Air Zonk1992TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.44
Ajax1987Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Commodore 64, DOS, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumKonami, Inc.1.38
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Aladdin's Magic Lamp1989AmigaNew Line Software1.60
A.L.C.O.N.1986Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation1.82
Aldynes: The Mission Code for Rage Crisis1991SuperGrafxHudson Soft Company, Ltd.4.25
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Selected Covers

Air Buster Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Air Buster
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Air Zonk
Air Attack Android Front Cover
Front cover for Air Attack

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (Japan)
Screenshot from Air Buster
Loading Screen.
Screenshot from Aftermath
Title screen - choose the difficulty.
Screenshot from Aerostar
Title Screen
Screenshot from Airwolf