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. 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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Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Gate of Thunder1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.67
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Gemini Wing1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumVirgin Games, Ltd.3.39
Geu Nal-i Omyeon 3: Dragon Force1993DOSSoft Town...
GG Aleste1991Game GearCompile4.20
Ghost Pilots1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America4.29
Giga Wing1999Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
Giga Wing 22001Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
GigaWing Generations2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
God Panic: Shijō Saikyō Gundan1992TurboGrafx CDTeichiku Co., LTD....
GoGo!! Uribyeol1993DOSLG Electronics Inc....
Goldrunner1987Amiga, Atari STMicroDeal Ltd.4.03
Goldrunner II1988Amiga, Atari STMicroDeal Ltd....
Gradius1985Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Commodore 64, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PC-88, PlayStation 4, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii U, ZX SpectrumHAMSTER Corporation3.64
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
Gradius: Deluxe Pack1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKonami Co., Ltd.4.14
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Gradius Galaxies2001Game Boy AdvanceKonami of America, Inc.3.54
Gradius III1989Arcade, SNES, WiiKonami, Inc.3.69
Gradius III and IV2000PlayStation 2Konami of America, Inc.3.14
Gradius ReBirth2009WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Gradius NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius
Giga Wing Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Giga Wing
Goldrunner Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Goldrunner
Gradius Galaxies Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Galaxies
Ghost Pilots Neo Geo Front Cover
Front cover for Ghost Pilots

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Gradius
Title screen
Screenshot from GG Aleste
Title screen
Screenshot from Giga Wing
Title screen
Screenshot from GoGo!! Uribyeol
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