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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Magical Chase1991Game Boy Color, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsBothtec, Inc.4.17
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....
Cyborg Z1991MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Thunder Dragon1991ArcadeTecmo, Ltd.3.00
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft3.00
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.94
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Heavy Unit: Mega Drive Special1990GenesisToho Co.,Ltd.2.83
Psychosis1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.2.42
Galactic Crusader1990NES, SupervisionBunch Games3.00
W Ring1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft2.79
Final Blaster1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiNamco Bandai Games Inc.3.17
Legend of the Lost1990Amiga, Atari STImpressions2.00
Barunba1990MSX, TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited3.69
Arrow Flash1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.05
Zarlor Mercenary1990LynxAtari Corporation3.08
Burai Fighter1990NESTaxan USA Corp.3.75
Air Buster1990Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16Hudson Soft USA, Inc.3.51
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.92
M.U.S.H.A.1990Genesis, WiiNaxat Soft4.27
Super Star Soldier1990PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.4.27
Legion1990TurboGrafx CDTelenet Japan Co., Ltd....
Air Supply1990Amiga, Atari STMagic Bytes...
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Selected Covers

Super Star Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Super Star Soldier
Air Buster Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Air Buster
M.U.S.H.A. Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for M.U.S.H.A.
Seireisenshi Spriggan TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Seireisenshi Spriggan

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Zarlor Mercenary
Title sceen.
Screenshot from Barunba
Loading screen
Screenshot from Air Supply
Title screen
Screenshot from Magical Chase