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.

Related groups:
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.54
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius1995PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.30
Cho Ren Sha 68k1995Sharp X68000, WindowsFamibe no Yosshin...
Mortal Weapon1995AmigaMirage Software...
Ai: Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii Uextreme Co.,Ltd.3.00
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Trauma1995DOSFriendware...
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc....
Philosoma1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment America LLC...
Pulstar1995Arcade, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii, WindowsD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.44
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.06
R-Shark1995ArcadeDooyong...
Strikers 19451995Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd....
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.90
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd....
Earth Defense1995GenesisRealtec Corporation...
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd....
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Sky & Rica1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Illusion Blaze1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
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Selected Covers

Vertical Force Virtual Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Vertical Force
Cho Ren Sha 68k Sharp X68000 Front Cover
Front cover for Cho Ren Sha 68k
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000
Strikers 1945 SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Strikers 1945

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Vertical Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Illusion Blaze
Title screen (version 1.01)
Screenshot from Cho Ren Sha 68k
Title Screen
Screenshot from Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Shark
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