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
Macross Plus1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Interpose1996DOSKatz Media AS...
Battle Garegga1996Arcade, SEGA SaturnEighting Co., Ltd.3.83
Defender 20001996JaguarAtari Corporation...
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 21996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Sonic Wings Special1996Android, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
RayStorm1996Arcade, iPhone, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSPAZ...
Air Attack1996ArcadeComad Industry Co., Ltd....
Storm Blade1996ArcadeVisco Corporation...
Kyuiin1996PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Stargunner1996DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.66
Ravage1996DOSAlpha Helix Productions...
Air Gallet1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
X2: No Relief1996PlayStationOcean Software Ltd....
Quasar Wars1996AmigaLight Designs...
Pulstar1995Arcade, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii, Windows, Xbox OneHAMSTER Corporation4.26
Delvion Star Interceptor1995DOSDigital Dreams Multimedia...
Chō Aniki: Kyūkyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyō Otoko1995PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnMonkeyPaw Games Inc....
Cho Ren Sha 68k1995Sharp X68000, WindowsFamibe no Yosshin...
SK-111 'Star Killer'1995Windows...
R-Shark1995ArcadeDooyong...
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Strikers 19451995Arcade, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnZerodiv Inc....
Mortal Weapon1995AmigaMirage Software...
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd....
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Selected Covers

RayStorm PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for RayStorm
Macross Plus Arcade Front Cover
Front cover for Macross Plus
Strikers 1945 SEGA Saturn Front Cover Manual - Front
Front cover for Strikers 1945
Sonic Wings Special Android Front Cover
Front cover for Sonic Wings Special

Selected Screenshots

Intro sequence
Screenshot from RayStorm
Title screen
Screenshot from R-Shark
Title screen
Screenshot from Battle Garegga
intro
Screenshot from Macross Plus
Introduction
Screenshot from Interpose
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