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. 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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Shoot 'em up Construction Kit 1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Avantage Software3.25
Darius R2002Game Boy AdvancePCCW Japan...
Magical Chase1991Game Boy Color, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsBothtec, Inc.4.17
Freedom Fighters!1982Odyssey 2, Videopac+ G7400North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corp.2.00
Zanac A.I.1986MSX, NES, Palm OS, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.3.54
Star Blaster1982Apple IIPiccadilly Software Inc.3.50
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement3.75
Apidya1992Amiga, WindowsPlay Byte3.88
Tomcat1989Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software1.30
Outlands1989Amiga, Atari STPandora...
Shark1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software3.36
Apache Overkill2009Android, Browser, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSPMiniclip Limited3.20
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd.4.00
Space Strike2007WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Zanac EX1986MSXPony Canyon, Inc.4.50
Aftermath1986Commodore 64Alpha-Omega Software1.20
Out 'M' Up2000DOSPPP Team3.00
Slayer1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Hewson Consultants Ltd.3.67
Plutos1987Amiga, Atari STMindscape, Inc.3.25
Jackson City1990Amstrad CPC, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumG.LL. Software S.A.2.43
Revenge of Defender1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSEpyx, Inc.4.23
Abaron1995DOSProcom Datentechnik GmbH...
Star Struck1983PC-88PSK...
Power-Up2014WindowsPsychotic Psoftware2.83
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Selected Covers

Star Blaster Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Star Blaster
Revenge of Defender Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Revenge of Defender
Darius R Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Darius R
Slayer Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Slayer

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Star Blaster
Title screen
Screenshot from Shark
Title screen
Screenshot from PixelShips
Title Screen
Screenshot from PixelShips Retro
Title screen
Screenshot from Star Struck