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
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.04
Nebula Fighter1997WindowseGames, Inc.4.50
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software4.67
Mono Space1997DOS3.00
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.93
Sol Divide1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, SEGA SaturnXS Games, LLC3.60
Betamax1997DOSThe CoExistence3.40
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Xevious 3D/G+1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.4.36
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.69
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian1996PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
Interpose1996DOSKatz Media AS4.33
Air Attack1996ArcadeComad Industry Co., Ltd.2.40
Hotdog Storm1996Arcade Ace International Co., Ltd. 3.00
Twinkle Star Sprites1996Arcade, Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA Saturn, WiiADK Corporation3.17
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd.3.00
Macross Plus1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.3.50
Mega Typhoon1996AmigaNordlicht EDV-Service5.00
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Selected Covers

Sol Divide PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Sol Divide
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for SD Gundam: Over Galaxian
Xevious 3D/G+ PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Xevious 3D/G+
Twinkle Star Sprites SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Twinkle Star Sprites
X2: No Relief PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for X2: No Relief

Selected Screenshots

The controls: this is the only thing that passes for a title screen (and isn't B&W)
Screenshot from Mono Space
Start screen
Screenshot from Sol Divide
Screenshot from Interpose
Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Fūmaroku
Title screen
Screenshot from Xevious 3D/G+