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
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd....
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.66
Mega Typhoon1996AmigaNordlicht EDV-Service...
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia...
Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire1995TurboGrafx CDHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Strikers 19451995Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnZerodiv Inc....
Into the Sun: Projected Distruction1995DOSC&M Entertainment Co....
DonPachi1995Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd....
Philosoma1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaSony Computer Entertainment of America...
The Day 5: Assault Dragon1995DOSGameland...
Sky & Rica1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.44
Garudius '951995PC-98CO2-PRO...
Aero Fighters 31995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation4.03
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
R-Shark1995ArcadeDooyong...
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Ai: Chō Aniki1995TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii Uextreme Co.,Ltd.3.03
Earth Defense1995GenesisRealtec Corporation...
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment of America3.86
Mortal Weapon1995AmigaMirage Software...
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd....
Cho Ren Sha 68k1995Sharp X68000, WindowsFamibe no Yosshin...
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Selected Covers

The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Raiden Project
Tyrian DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian
Strikers 1945 SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Strikers 1945
Stargunner DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stargunner
Ai: Chō Aniki Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for Ai: Chō Aniki

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from The Raiden Project
Level 1
Screenshot from Mega Typhoon
Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian
Title screen
Screenshot from Strikers 1945
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