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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Funky Bee1982ArcadeOrca Corporation...
Fuzzical Fighter1991NESSigma Enterprises, Inc....
Gadget Twins1992GenesisGameTek, Inc....
Gaiares1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.88
Galactic Attack1994Arcade, iPhone, SEGA Saturn, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.4.04
Galactic Crusader1990NES, SupervisionBunch Games...
Galaxy Fighter1992SupervisionWatara...
Gall Force: Eternal Story1986NESHAL Laboratory, Inc....
Galmedes1993ArcadeVisco Corporation...
Game Tengoku: The Game Paradise!1997SEGA SaturnJaleco Ltd....
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Gate of Thunder1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.42
G Darius1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, WindowsTHQ Inc.3.86
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.76
Gemini Wing1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumVirgin Games, Ltd.3.17
Geu Nal-i Omyeon 3: Dragon Force1993DOSSoft Town...
GG Aleste1991Game GearCompile3.93
Ghost Pilots1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneHAMSTER Corporation3.90
Giga Wing1999Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.86
Giga Wing 22001Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc....
GigaWing Generations2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Gleylancer1992Genesis, Wii, WindowsNCS Corporation3.14
God Panic: Shijō Saikyō Gundan1992TurboGrafx CDTeichiku Co., LTD....
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Selected Covers

Gaiares Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Gaiares
Fuzzical Fighter NES Front Cover
Front cover for Fuzzical Fighter
Giga Wing Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Giga Wing
Gate of Thunder Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Gate of Thunder

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Gaiares
Introduction screen
Screenshot from Genetos
Title screen
Screenshot from Fuzzical Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Giga Wing
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