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 itself 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. Chase-view shooters and rail shooters should not be included in this group.

Fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups should not be included in this group either. In general, the distinction between scrolling shooters and fixed-screen shooters is this: in a classic scrolling shooter, barring unusual situations (such as boss battles) the player usually is allowed to avoid or bypass enemies instead of shooting them, and new enemies enter the screen consistently at specific moments regardless of the player's actions. In a fixed-screen shooter the player typically faces wave after wave of enemies, and the next wave will not show up until the previous one has been defeated. A fixed-screen shooter may have a background with a scrolling effect but this alone doesn't make it a scrolling shooter.

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
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.3.71
Magical Chase1991Game Boy Color, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsBothtec, Inc.4.17
Wings of Wor1991Genesis, WiiDreamWorks4.13
Detana!! TwinBee1991Arcade, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.2.33
Isolated Warrior1991NESNTV International Corporation3.61
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Dead Moon1991TurboGrafx-16, WiiNatsume, Inc.3.60
Aerostar1991Game BoySun Corporation of America3.65
Disney's TaleSpin1991Game Boy, NESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.66
Fuzzical Fighter1991NESSigma Enterprises, Inc....
Copter 2711991Amstrad CPCLoriciel SA2.40
GG Aleste1991Game GearCompile4.20
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft3.00
Aldynes: The Mission Code for Rage Crisis1991SuperGrafxHudson Soft Company, Ltd.4.25
Cosmic Cop1991ArcadeIrem Corp.3.09
Cyborg Z1991MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
Coryoon: Child of Dragon1991TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.85
Carcharodon: White Sharks1991AmigaDemonware Softwarehaus GmbH...
Fire Mustang1991GenesisTaito Corporation3.83
Thunder Cross II1991ArcadeKonami Industry Co. Ltd....
Last Battalion1991Sharp X68000Sting, Inc....
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.94
Frenetic1991Amiga, Atari STCore Design Ltd....
Override1991TurboGrafx-16, WiiData East Corporation...
Scorpius1991Sharp X68000Shinseisha...
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Selected Covers

Disney's TaleSpin NES Front Cover
Front cover for Disney's TaleSpin
Isolated Warrior NES Front Cover
Front cover for Isolated Warrior
Seireisenshi Spriggan TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Seireisenshi Spriggan
Wings of Wor Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Wings of Wor
Copter 271 Amstrad CPC Front Cover
Front cover for Copter 271

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Down Load 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Disney's TaleSpin
Title screen
Screenshot from Scorpius
Title screen
Screenshot from Fuzzical Fighter