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. Chase-view shooters and rail shooters should not be included in this group.

Fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups should not be included in this group either. In general, the distinction between scrolling shooters and fixed-screen shooters is this: in a classic scrolling shooter, barring unusual situations (such as boss battles) the player usually is allowed to avoid or bypass enemies instead of shooting them, and new enemies enter the screen consistently at specific moments regardless of the player's actions. In a fixed-screen shooter the player typically faces wave after wave of enemies, and the next wave will not show up until the previous one has been defeated. A fixed-screen shooter may have a background with a scrolling effect but this alone doesn't make it a scrolling shooter.

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
Aces of the Luftwaffe2013Android, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 4, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHandy-Games GmbH3.40
Danmaku Unlimited 22013Android, iPad, iPhone, WindowsDoragon Entertainment3.00
Ballpoint Universe: Infinite2013Linux, Macintosh, Wii U, WindowsArachnid Games3.28
Anvader2013Android, Browsershimage.net3.50
Battalion Commander2013BrowserIriySoft3.31
Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil 8 bit2013Windows4.00
The Flying Dead2013Xbox 360SCR Designs...
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012Windows4.00
Band of Heroes: Might and Pillage2012BrowserIriySoft3.50
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.56
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
eXceed: Gun Bullet Children2012WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS5.00
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2012WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd.4.33
Danmaku Unlimited2011iPhone...
Wisp Lisp: Array of List2011Windows, Xbox 360Alpha Secret Base...
Gundemonium Recollection2011WindowsRockin' Android, Inc4.33
Ten Desires2011WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.67
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Hitogata Happa2011WindowsRockin' Android, Inc...
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games S.L....
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Selected Covers

The Flying Dead Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for The Flying Dead
Danmaku Unlimited 2 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Danmaku Unlimited 2
Akai Katana Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Akai Katana
Danmaku Unlimited iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Danmaku Unlimited

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (Trial version)
Screenshot from The Flying Dead
Title screen
Screenshot from Ten Desires
Title screen
Screenshot from Danmaku Unlimited 2