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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Acrobat Mission1991Arcade, SNESTaito Corporation2.81
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Wings of Death1990Amiga, Atari STThalion Software GmbH4.32
Dragon Saber: After Story of Dragon Spirit1990Arcade, TurboGrafx-16, WiiNamco America Inc.3.00
X-Out1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumKixx3.60
RS-21990DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc.2.00
Sinistron1990TurboGrafx-16IGS, Inc.3.40
Raiden1990Arcade, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Jaguar, Lynx, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAcer3.58
Toy Shop Boys1990TurboGrafx-16Victor Musical Industries, Inc....
Thunder Spirits1990Arcade, SNESSeika Corporation3.65
Air Buster1990Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16Hudson Soft USA, Inc.3.61
Z-Out1990Amiga, Atari STKixx3.37
Down Load 1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd.4.06
Arrow Flash1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.15
Burai Fighter1990NESTaxan USA Corp.3.83
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team1990NES, WiiNatsume, Inc.3.53
Zombie Nation1990NESMeldac of America Inc.2.58
1941: Counter Attack1990Arcade, SuperGrafxCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.50
Sphera1990SAM CoupĂ©Enigma Variations Ltd.4.00
Ziriax1990AmigaThe Software Business Limited...
Dawn Raider1990DOSSoftstar Entertainment Inc....
Pop'n TwinBee1990Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.40
Gaiares1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.4.04
Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu1990TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited3.36
Rayxanber1990FM TownsData West...
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Selected Covers

Burai Fighter NES Front Cover
Front cover for Burai Fighter
Arrow Flash Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Arrow Flash
Thunder Spirits SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Thunder Spirits
Air Buster Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Air Buster
Pop'n TwinBee Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Pop'n TwinBee

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Down Load
Title screen
Screenshot from Burai Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from Arrow Flash
The title screen.
Screenshot from Ziriax
Title screen
Screenshot from Thunder Spirits