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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Coryoon: Child of Dragon1991TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.96
Wings of Wor1991Genesis, WiiDreamWorks4.13
GG Aleste1991Game GearCompile4.20
Earth Defense Force1991Arcade, iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.44
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft...
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.42
Thunder Dragon1991ArcadeTecmo, Ltd....
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation...
Cosmic Cop1991ArcadeIrem Corp....
Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II1991Amiga, Atari STEclipse Software Design4.53
Strato Fighter1991ArcadeTecmo, Ltd....
Lethal Zone1991Amiga, Commodore 64Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG...
Gulf War-II1991ArcadeComad Industry Co., Ltd....
Final Soldier1991TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.96
Detana!! TwinBee1991Arcade, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc....
Over Horizon1991NESHot-B Co., Ltd.3.70
Trouble Shooter1991GenesisVic Tokai, Inc.3.33
Aerostar1991Game BoySun Corporation of America3.65
Fire Mustang1991GenesisTaito Corporation...
Frenetic1991Amiga, Atari STCore Design Ltd....
Isolated Warrior1991NESNTV International Corporation3.69
Verytex1991GenesisAsmik Corporation...
Strike Force1991ArcadeMidway Manufacturing Company...
Magical Chase1991Game Boy Color, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsBothtec, Inc....
Copter 2711991Amstrad CPCLoriciel SA...
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Selected Covers

Seireisenshi Spriggan TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Seireisenshi Spriggan
Final Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Final Soldier
Earth Defense Force SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Earth Defense Force
Copter 271 Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Copter 271

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Gulf War-II
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Screenshot from Magical Chase
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Screenshot from Seireisenshi Spriggan
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Screenshot from Frenetic
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Screenshot from GG Aleste
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