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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
Intruder1989Atari STUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.83
Hellfire1989Arcade, GenesisSeismic Software Inc.3.78
D-Return1989FM Towns, Sharp X68000Nihon Computer Club Renmei...
Knight Arms: The Hyblid Framer1989Sharp X68000Arsys Software, Inc....
Aladdin's Magic Lamp1989AmigaNew Line Software1.60
Captain ED1989NESCBS/Sony Group Inc....
Gradius III1989Arcade, SNES, WiiKonami, Inc.3.59
Tomcat1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software1.00
Dominator1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumElectric Dreams Software2.67
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.13
The Three Dragon Story1989MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Xenon 2: Megablast1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, CDTV, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000Mindscape, Inc.3.64
Halley Wars1989Game Gear, NESTaito Corporation4.11
Battle Squadron1989Amiga, Android, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.47
Metal Fighter1989NESColor Dreams, Inc.3.06
U.N. Squadron1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SNES, ZX SpectrumCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.63
Zero Wing1989Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx CDWilliams Electronic Games, Inc.3.03
Blood Money1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.81
Hellraider1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAtari Corp. (UK) Ltd.3.22
Undead Line1989Genesis, MSX, Sharp X68000T&E Soft, Inc....
R-Type II1989Amiga, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Game Boy, iPad, iPhoneIrem Corp.3.03
Thunderbirds1989NESActivision, Inc.2.00
Mission Cobra1989NESBunch Games2.70
Twinbee 3: Poko Poko Daimaō1989NESKonami Industry Co. Ltd.2.75
Ordyne1989TurboGrafx-16, WiiNamco Bandai Games America Inc.2.30
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Selected Covers

Gradius III SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III
Battle Squadron Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Battle Squadron
R-Type II Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type II
Xenon 2: Megablast DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Xenon 2: Megablast

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Gradius III
Title Screen
Screenshot from Battle Squadron
Title Screen
Screenshot from R-Type II
Intro cutscene
Screenshot from Thunderbirds
Title screen
Screenshot from D-Return