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
Alpha Mission II1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Xbox OneHAMSTER Corporation...
Gulf. Storm1991ArcadeDooyong...
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Task Force Harrier EX1991GenesisAmerican Treco Corporation...
Divine Sealing1991GenesisStudio Fazzy...
CrossFire1991GenesisKyugo of America, Inc....
Detana!! TwinBee1991Arcade, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc....
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft...
Doujin Kaizokuban1991PC-88Ayashige-Soft...
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.42
Earth Defense Force1991Arcade, iPhone, SNES, Wii, Wii UHAMSTER Corporation3.33
Over Horizon1991NESHot-B Co., Ltd.3.70
GG Aleste1991Game GearCompile3.93
Wings of Wor1991Genesis, WiiDreamWorks4.13
Copter 2711991Amstrad CPCLoriciel SA...
Ghost Pilots1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America3.90
Trouble Shooter1991GenesisVic Tokai, Inc.3.33
Cyborg Z1991MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Acrobat Mission1991Arcade, SNESTaito Corporation2.75
Carcharodon: White Sharks1991AmigaDemonware Softwarehaus GmbH...
Black Hornet1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Hi-Tec Software Ltd....
Strike Force1991ArcadeMidway Manufacturing Company...
Coryoon: Child of Dragon1991TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.87
Aldynes: The Mission Code for Rage Crisis1991SuperGrafxHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
The Day II1991MSXMan c.c....
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Selected Covers

Trouble Shooter Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Trouble Shooter
Earth Defense Force SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Earth Defense Force
Wings of Wor Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Wings of Wor
Ghost Pilots Neo Geo Front Cover
Front cover for Ghost Pilots
Divine Sealing Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Divine Sealing

Selected Screenshots

The large letters of the title...
Screenshot from Down Load 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Cyborg Z
Introduction sequence
Screenshot from Trouble Shooter
Title screen / Main menu.
Screenshot from Earth Defense Force
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