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
R-Type DX1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.32
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc....
Zeroth Zone1999DOSBinary Spells Industries...
Fever SOS1998ArcadeCAVE Co., Ltd....
GUNbare! Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise 21998PlayStationJaleco Ltd....
DemonStar1998WindowsMountain King Studios Inc.3.45
Tōhō: Kaikidan1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc....
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.4.04
Blazing Star1998Android, Arcade, Browser, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Wii, WindowsD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.60
Tōhō: Gensōkyō1998PC-98Team Shanghai Alice...
RayCrisis: Series Termination1998Arcade, PlayStationWorking Designs...
Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth1998Nintendo 64Electro Brain Corp....
Kaien1998PC-98...
A-Type1998AmigaAbyss...
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.92
Gunbird 21998Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.80
Armed Police Batrider1998ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd....
Powder1998AmigaVerkosoft Publishing...
ESP Ra.De.: A.D. 2018 Tokyo1998ArcadeAtlus Co., Ltd....
Image Fight & X Multiply1998PlayStation, SEGA SaturnXing Entertainment...
Cyvern: The Dragon Weapons1998ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
R-Types1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPASCII Entertainment Software, Inc....
Gunbee F-99: The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko1998AmigaAPC&TCP...
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Gunbird 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Gunbird 2
R-Type DX Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type DX
DemonStar Windows Front Cover
Front cover for DemonStar

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Tōhō: Gensōkyō
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Armed Police Batrider
Title screen
Screenshot from A-Type
Intro.
Screenshot from Gunbird 2
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Type DX
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