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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 himself 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. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Air Zonk1992TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.44
Super Fantasy Zone1992Genesis, WiiSun Corporation3.93
Andro Dunos1992Arcade, Neo GeoSNK of America3.33
Bio Hazard Battle1992Arcade, Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.47
Last Resort1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii, WindowsSNK of America3.89
The Steel Empire1992Game Boy Advance, GenesisFlying Edge, Inc.3.30
Viewpoint1992Arcade, FM Towns, Genesis, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, Sharp X68000Electronic Arts, Inc.2.98
Soldier Blade1992PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.28
Star Parodier1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.31
Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer1992Genesis, WiiNCS Corporation3.23
Summer Carnival '92: Recca1992NES, Nintendo 3DSKaga Electronics4.75
Gate of Thunder1992TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.33
Syd Mead's Terraforming1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc.3.71
Gadget Twins1992GenesisGameTek, Inc.2.67
Robo Aleste1992SEGA CDTengen Inc.3.40
Fox Ranger1992DOSSKC Soft Land2.25
Imperium1992SNESVic Tokai, Inc.3.00
Apidya1992Amiga, WindowsPlay Byte3.88
Agony1992AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.79
Rayxanber III1992TurboGrafx CDData West4.00
Truxton II1992Arcade, FM TownsToaplan Co., Ltd.3.00
Aero Fighters1992Arcade, SNESVideo System Co., Ltd.3.90
Bee 521992Commodore 64, NESCamerica Limited Inc.3.17
God Panic: Shijō Saikyō Gundan1992TurboGrafx CDTeichiku Co., LTD....
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Selected Covers

Viewpoint PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Viewpoint
Soldier Blade TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Soldier Blade
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Air Zonk
Agony Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Agony
Robo Aleste SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Robo Aleste

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Andro Dunos
Intro scene
Screenshot from Viewpoint
The title scrolls by
Screenshot from Soldier Blade
Air Zonk!
Screenshot from Air Zonk