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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.

Related groups:
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Zombie Nation1990NESMeldac of America Inc.2.50
Rayxanber1990FM TownsData West...
Ziriax1990AmigaThe Software Business Limited...
Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu1990TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited3.36
1941: Counter Attack1990Arcade, SuperGrafxCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Wings of Death1990Amiga, Atari STThalion Software GmbH4.32
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc.2.00
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special1989TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.3.75
Battle Squadron1989Amiga, Android, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.47
Hellraider1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAtari Corp. (UK) Ltd.3.22
Intruder1989Atari STUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.83
Saint Dragon1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, TurboGrafx-16, ZX SpectrumAicom Corporation3.65
Halley Wars1989Game Gear, NESTaito Corporation4.11
Vapor Trail1989Arcade, GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.73
Xenon 2: Megablast1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, CDTV, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000Mindscape, Inc.3.64
Hani in the Sky1989TurboGrafx-16FACE2.60
The Three Dragon Story1989MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Zero Wing1989Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx CDWilliams Electronic Games, Inc.3.03
R-Type II1989Amiga, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Game Boy, iPad, iPhoneIrem Corp.3.03
KGB Superspy1989Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumCodemasters2.75
Undead Line1989Genesis, MSX, Sharp X68000T&E Soft, Inc....
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.13
Dominator1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElectric Dreams Software2.67
Laserfight!1989MSXTakeru...
Barunba1989MSX, TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited3.69
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Selected Covers

Hellraider Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Hellraider
Halley Wars Game Gear Front Cover
Front cover for Halley Wars
Battle Squadron Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Battle Squadron
Wings of Death Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Wings of Death
Saint Dragon ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Saint Dragon

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Undead Line
Title screen
Screenshot from Hellraider
Title screen
Screenshot from Rayxanber
Title screen
Screenshot from Halley Wars
Title Screen
Screenshot from Battle Squadron