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
Drone1997DOS, WindowsPixelsplash Software...
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software4.67
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.93
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
B.U.G.S.1997OS/2, WindowsStardock Systems, Inc.4.00
Mono Space1997DOS3.00
Thunder Force V: Perfect System1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnSPAZ4.12
Net Guardian: Dai Kyō Utage1997PC-98Moguraya Soft2.80
DoDonPachi1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.84
Macross Plus1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.3.50
Quasar Wars1996AmigaLight Designs...
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Air Gallet1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd.2.92
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Battle Garegga1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnEighting Co., Ltd.4.13
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 21996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 11996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
Sexy Parodius1996Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.3.96
Gradius: Deluxe Pack1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKonami Co., Ltd.4.14
Mega Typhoon1996AmigaNordlicht EDV-Service5.00
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.00
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.69
Flame Zapper Kotsujin1996PC-98CO2-PRO1.00
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Selected Covers

Sexy Parodius PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Sexy Parodius
Kyuiin PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Kyuiin

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Yumejikū
Title screen (shareware version).
Screenshot from Ravage
The controls: this is the only thing that passes for a title screen (and isn't B&W)
Screenshot from Mono Space
Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Fūmaroku