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.

Limitations:
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
Battle Bakraid1999ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd....
Moon Patrol / Spy Hunter1999Game Boy ColorMidway Home Entertainment, Inc....
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.94
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
T-Zero1999AmigaPXL computers3.89
Captain Tomaday1999ArcadeVisco Corporation...
Guwange1999Arcade, Xbox 360Atlus Co., Ltd....
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
GUNbare! Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise 21998PlayStationJaleco Ltd....
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Nintendo Switch, Wii, WindowsHAMSTER Corporation4.57
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth1998Nintendo 64Electro Brain Corp....
Gunbee F-99: The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko1998AmigaAPC&TCP...
DemonStar1998WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.45
Tōhō: Gensōkyō1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
RayCrisis: Series Termination1998Android, Arcade, iPad, iPhone, PlayStationWorking Designs...
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.4.09
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.92
Gunbird 21998Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.78
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc....
Armed Police Batrider1998ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd....
Cyvern: The Dragon Weapons1998ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
Kaien1998PC-98...
A-Type1998AmigaAbyss...
Tōhō: Kaikidan1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
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Selected Covers

DemonStar Windows Front Cover
Front cover for DemonStar
Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Radiant Silvergun
R-Type Delta PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type Delta
Tyrian 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian 2000
Guwange Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Guwange

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (windowed, double size)
Screenshot from DemonStar
Title screen
Screenshot from Radiant Silvergun
Title screen A
Screenshot from Kaien
Title Screen
Screenshot from R-Type Delta
Title screen
Screenshot from Raiden Fighters Jet
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