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
Bio Hazard Battle1992Arcade, Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.56
Apache Flight1992Amiga, Atari STAtlantis Software Limited...
Explosive Breaker1992ArcadeKaneko Co., Ltd....
Last Resort1992Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Wii, WindowsHAMSTER Corporation4.28
Catalypse1992Commodore 64Genias...
Viewpoint1992Arcade, FM Towns, Genesis, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, Sharp X68000Electronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Air Zonk1992TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.49
Super Fantasy Zone1992Genesis, WiiSun Corporation...
Agony1992AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.87
Rayxanber III1992TurboGrafx CDData West...
Summer Carnival '92: Alzadick1992TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Truxton II1992Arcade, FM TownsToaplan Co., Ltd....
Kiaidan 001992TurboGrafx CDTelenet Japan Co., Ltd....
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.42
Last Battalion1991Sharp X68000Sting, Inc....
Ghost Pilots1991Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK Corporation of America4.29
Verytex1991GenesisAsmik Corporation...
Override1991TurboGrafx-16, WiiData East Corporation...
Phalanx1991Game Boy Advance, Sharp X68000, SNESKemco America, Inc.3.85
Dragon Fighter1991AmigaIdea Software...
Cosmic Cop1991ArcadeIrem Corp....
Aldynes: The Mission Code for Rage Crisis1991SuperGrafxHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Lethal Zone1991Amiga, Commodore 64Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG...
Action 521991NESActive Enterprises Ltd.0.66
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Selected Covers

Super Fantasy Zone Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Super Fantasy Zone
Verytex Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Verytex
Air Zonk TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Air Zonk
Agony Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Agony
Kiaidan 00 TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Kiaidan 00

Selected Screenshots

The first level
Screenshot from Catalypse
Title screen
Screenshot from Super Fantasy Zone
Start screen
Screenshot from Explosive Breaker
Title screen
Screenshot from Verytex
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