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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2012WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd.4.33
eXceed: Gun Bullet Children2012WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS5.00
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012Windows4.00
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.56
Ten Desires2011WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.67
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Danmaku Unlimited2011iPhone...
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.82
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Assault Squadron2010iPhoneChillingo Ltd...
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Great Fairy Wars2010WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.83
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Selected Covers

Rhythm Destruction Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rhythm Destruction
Danmaku Unlimited iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Danmaku Unlimited
Fast Striker iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Fast Striker
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX Windows Front Cover
Front cover for eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Rhythm Destruction
Title screen
Screenshot from Danmaku Unlimited
Loading screen
Screenshot from Fast Striker
Title screen
Screenshot from eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX