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
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS5.00
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012WindowsNyu Media4.00
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games...
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.82
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.02
Danmaku Unlimited2011iPhone...
Great Fairy Wars2010WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.83
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
DoDonPachi Resurrection2010Android, iPad, iPhoneCAVE Co., Ltd.5.00
Pacific Wings2010Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Windows Phone, Xbox 360Sprakelsoft3.66
Assault Squadron2010iPhoneChillingo Ltd...
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Darius Burst2009PSPTaito Corporation...
Undefined Fantastic Object2009WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice5.00
Radiant2009Android, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHexage Ltd2.90
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Selected Covers

Pacific Wings Android Front Cover
Front cover for Pacific Wings
99 Bullets Nintendo DSi Front Cover
Front cover for 99 Bullets
Radiant Windows Apps Front Cover
Front cover for Radiant

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Pacific Wings
Title screen
Screenshot from Radiant