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
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar1997PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd.3.50
Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise!1997SEGA SaturnJaleco Ltd.4.67
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus1997PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.04
Xevious 3D/G+1997PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaNamco Hometek Inc.4.36
Thunder Force V (Special Pack)1997SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd.5.00
Strikers 19451997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAgetec, Inc.4.06
Dark Corona Pegasus1997BeOS, Macintosh, Windows Algomedia Software4.67
Dactylus1997DOSCDM Entertainment1.40
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.93
Blaster!1997DOSCD Projekt Sp. z o.o.3.29
The Reap1997WindowsTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.89
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Net Guardian: Dai Kyō Utage1997PC-98Moguraya Soft2.90
Tōhō: Yumejikū1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Nebula Fighter1997WindowseGames, Inc.4.50
Mono Space1997DOS3.00
Betamax1997DOSThe CoExistence3.40
Tōhō: Fūmaroku1997PC-98Team Shanghai Alice3.67
Drone1997DOS, WindowsPixelsplash Software...
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.69
Twinkle Star Sprites1996Arcade, Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, SEGA Saturn, WiiADK Corporation3.17
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.00
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
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Selected Covers

Dactylus DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dactylus
G Darius PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for G Darius
Blaster! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Blaster!
Strikers 1945 PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Strikers 1945

Selected Screenshots

In a land forgotten by time...
Screenshot from Dactylus
Title screen
Screenshot from G Darius
Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Fūmaroku
Main menu (English)
Screenshot from Blaster!