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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
eXceed: Gun Bullet Children2012WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012WindowsNyu Media4.00
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2012WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd.4.33
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS5.00
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.56
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.82
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Danmaku Unlimited2011iPhone...
Ten Desires2011WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.67
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
DoDonPachi Resurrection2010Android, iPad, iPhoneCAVE Co., Ltd.5.00
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Great Fairy Wars2010WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.83
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Assault Squadron2010iPhoneChillingo Ltd...
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Selected Covers

Liberty Wings iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Liberty Wings
Assault Squadron iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Assault Squadron
Danmaku Unlimited iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Danmaku Unlimited
DoDonPachi Resurrection iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for DoDonPachi Resurrection

Selected Screenshots

Total destruction!
Screenshot from Marsh
Title screen
Screenshot from Ten Desires
Title screen
Screenshot from Danmaku Unlimited
Title screen (Lite version)
Screenshot from DoDonPachi Resurrection