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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.

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. 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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Earth Defense Force1991iPhone, SNES, WiiJaleco USA, Inc.3.22
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft3.00
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II1991Amiga, Atari STEclipse Software Design4.53
Lethal Zone1991Amiga, Commodore 64Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG3.75
Final Soldier1991TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.53
Detana!! TwinBee1991Arcade, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.2.33
Over Horizon1991NESHot-B Co., Ltd.4.08
Trouble Shooter1991GenesisVic Tokai, Inc.3.50
Aerostar1991Game BoySun Corporation of America3.83
Fire Mustang1991GenesisTaito Corporation3.83
Frenetic1991Amiga, Atari STCore Design Ltd....
Isolated Warrior1991NESNTV International Corporation3.65
Verytex1991GenesisAsmik Corporation3.33
CrossFire1991GenesisKyugo of America, Inc.3.25
Crisis Force1991NESKonami Co., Ltd.3.40
Strike Gunner S.T.G.1991Arcade, SNESNTV International Corporation3.20
Divine Sealing1991GenesisStudio Fazzy0.10
Task Force Harrier EX1991GenesisAmerican Treco Corporation...
Master of Weapon1991GenesisTaito Corporation3.20
Doujin Kaizokuban1991PC-88Ayashige-Soft...
Acrobat Mission1991Arcade, SNESTaito Corporation2.81
Hellfire S1991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.3.00
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.3.71
Rayxanber II1991TurboGrafx CDData West3.50
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Selected Covers

Verytex Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Verytex
Crisis Force NES Front Cover
Front cover for Crisis Force
Final Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Final Soldier
Seireisenshi Spriggan TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Seireisenshi Spriggan
Detana!! TwinBee Sharp X68000 Front Cover
Front cover for Detana!! TwinBee

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Verytex
Title screen
Screenshot from Crisis Force
A short intro sequence
Screenshot from Final Soldier
Title screen
Screenshot from Seireisenshi Spriggan
Title screen
Screenshot from Detana!! TwinBee