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
Syder Arcade2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsMeridian4, Inc.3.56
eXceed2nd-VAMPIRE-REX2012WindowsCapcom Co., Ltd.4.33
eXceed: Gun Bullet Children2012WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.83
eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate Black Package2012Windows4.00
Raiden Legacy2012Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, WindowsDotEmu SAS5.00
Rhythm Destruction2012WindowsCurious Panda Games2.00
Band of Heroes: Might and Pillage2012BrowserIriySoft3.50
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition2011Xbox 360Rising Star Games Ltd.4.43
PixelJunk SideScroller2011PlayStation 3Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc....
Danmaku Unlimited2011iPhone...
Ten Desires2011WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.67
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.68
Akai Katana2011Xbox 360CAVE Co., Ltd....
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony2011Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFinal Form Games, LLC4.04
Wisp Lisp: Array of List2011Windows, Xbox 360Alpha Secret Base...
99 Bullets2011Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSiEnjoyUp Games S.L....
Mortal Skies: Modern War Air Combat Shooter2011Android, iPhone...
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Bloons Super Monkey2010BrowserNinja Kiwi...
Warbirds at Work2010Xbox 360KaapeDev...
A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!2010Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaFrima Studio Inc....
Assault Squadron2010iPhoneChillingo Ltd...
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Selected Covers

99 Bullets Nintendo DSi Front Cover
Front cover for 99 Bullets
Satazius Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Satazius

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Satazius
Loading screen
Screenshot from Fast Striker