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.

Limitations:
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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Hellfire S1991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Down Load 1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Darius Alpha1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Metamor Jupiter1993TurboGrafx CDNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar1997PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiNEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc....
Syd Mead's Terraforming1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc....
Psychosis1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc....
Deep Blue1989TurboGrafx-16NEC Technologies, Inc....
Sinistron1990TurboGrafx-16IGS, Inc....
Aladdin's Magic Lamp1989AmigaNew Line Software...
Gun-Nac1990NESNEXOFT Corporation4.26
Blazer1987Commodore 64Nexus Software...
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM...
Last Hope Pink Bullets2009Arcade, DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM...
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM...
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM...
Gyrodine1984Arcade, MSX, NES, PC-88, Sharp X1Nidecom Soft3.84
D-Return1989FM Towns, Sharp X68000Nihon Computer Club Renmei...
Bloons Super Monkey2010BrowserNinja Kiwi...
Vertical Force1995Virtual BoyNintendo of America Inc....
Xevious1982Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X1, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation3.83
TwinBee1985Arcade, Game Boy Advance, MSX, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Sharp X68000, Wii, Wii UKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.17
Burai Fighter Deluxe1990Game BoyTaxan USA Corp.3.35
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Selected Covers

Gun-Nac NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gun-Nac
Vertical Force Virtual Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Vertical Force
TwinBee MSX Front Cover
Front cover for TwinBee

Selected Screenshots

Animals and plants attack people
Screenshot from Gun-Nac
Title screen.
Screenshot from Vertical Force
Title screen
Screenshot from TwinBee
Title screen
Screenshot from Down Load
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