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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II1991Amiga, Atari STEclipse Software Design4.53
The Day II1991MSXMan c.c....
Aldynes: The Mission Code for Rage Crisis1991SuperGrafxHudson Soft Company, Ltd.4.25
Black Hornet1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Hi-Tec Software Ltd....
S.W.I.V.1991Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumStorm3.46
L-DIS1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Carcharodon: White Sharks1991AmigaDemonware Softwarehaus GmbH...
Lethal Zone1991Amiga, Commodore 64Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG3.75
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Cyborg Z1991MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Gradius: The Interstellar Assault1991Game BoyKonami, Inc.3.90
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.94
Crisis Force1991NESKonami Co., Ltd.3.40
Fuzzical Fighter1991NESSigma Enterprises, Inc....
Aero Fighters1992Arcade, SNESVideo System Co., Ltd.4.17
Agony1992AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.79
Apidya1992Amiga, WindowsPlay Byte3.88
Project-X1992Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.61
Robo Aleste1992SEGA CDTengen Inc.3.54
Firepower 20001992Genesis, SNESSun Corporation of America4.06
Viewpoint1992Arcade, FM Towns, Genesis, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, Sharp X68000Electronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Last Resort1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Wii, WindowsSNK of America4.28
Bio Hazard Battle1992Arcade, Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.54
Andro Dunos1992Arcade, Neo GeoSNK of America3.76
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Selected Covers

Agony Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Agony
Last Resort Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Last Resort
Viewpoint PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Viewpoint
Firepower 2000 SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Firepower 2000

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Metal Black
Aero Fighters title screen
Screenshot from Aero Fighters
Title screen
Screenshot from L-DIS
Title screen.
Screenshot from Black Hornet
Title Screen
Screenshot from Agony