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
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Air Gallet1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Gradius: Deluxe Pack1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKonami Co., Ltd.4.14
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd....
Cho Ren Sha 68k1995Sharp X68000, WindowsFamibe no Yosshin...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Into the Sun: Projected Distruction1995DOSC&M Entertainment Co....
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.44
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc....
Strikers 19451995Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnZerodiv Inc....
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia...
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Ai: Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii Uextreme Co.,Ltd.3.03
Pulstar1995Arcade, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii, Windows, Xbox OneHAMSTER Corporation4.26
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.02
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.03
Mortal Weapon1995AmigaMirage Software...
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
The Day 5: Assault Dragon1995DOSGameland...
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius1995PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.30
Philosoma1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment of America...
Sky & Rica1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Delvion Star Interceptor DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Delvion Star Interceptor
Gradius: Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius: Deluxe Pack
Kyuiin PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Kyuiin
Pulstar Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Pulstar

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Aero Fighters 3
Main menu
Screenshot from Delvion Star Interceptor
From the intro: our heroine runs to her fighter.
Screenshot from Pulstar
Intro
Screenshot from Philosoma
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