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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
Shark1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software3.36
Blazing Lazers1989PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.72
The Three Dragon Story1989MSX, SEGA Master SystemZemina Co....
PREHISTORIC ISLE in 19301989Arcade, PlayStation 3, PSPSNK Playmore USA Corp.3.60
Gradius III1989Arcade, SNES, WiiKonami, Inc.3.59
Intruder1989Atari STUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.83
Phobia1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Image Works4.17
Hellraider1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAtari Corp. (UK) Ltd.3.22
Battle Squadron1989Amiga, Android, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.47
Captain ED1989NESCBS/Sony Group Inc....
Xenon 2: Megablast1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, CDTV, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000Mindscape, Inc.3.65
Halley Wars1989Game Gear, NESTaito Corporation4.11
D-Return1989FM Towns, Sharp X68000Nihon Computer Club Renmei...
Insector X1989Arcade, Genesis, NESSage's Creation, Inc.2.76
Outlands1989Amiga, Atari STPandora...
Fire Shark1989Arcade, GenesisDreamWorks3.83
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.13
Sagaia1989Arcade, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SEGA Saturn, TurboGrafx CD, WiiTaito Corporation3.11
Undead Line1989Genesis, MSX, Sharp X68000T&E Soft, Inc....
Twin Hawk1989Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd.3.10
Tomcat1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software1.30
Amiga Software Extra Nr. 121989AmigaMarkt & Technik4.00
Thunderwing1989Atari STCascade Games, Ltd....
Curse1989GenesisMicronet Co. Ltd.2.90
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Selected Covers

Blazing Lazers TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Blazing Lazers
Sagaia SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Sagaia
Hellraider Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Hellraider
Twin Hawk Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Twin Hawk
Insector X Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Insector X

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Captain ED
Title Screen
Screenshot from Blazing Lazers
Screenshot from Sagaia
Title screen
Screenshot from D-Return
Title menu with high-score table
Screenshot from Thunderwing