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
Darius Alpha1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Hellfire S1991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Down Load 1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special1989TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Chōshin Heiki Zeroigar1997PC-FXNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Metamor Jupiter1993TurboGrafx CDNEC Home Electronics, Ltd....
Psychosis1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc....
Syd Mead's Terraforming1992TurboGrafx CDNEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc....
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise1993TurboGrafx CD, WiiNEC Home Electronics (U.S.A.) Inc....
Sinistron1990TurboGrafx-16IGS, Inc....
Deep Blue1989TurboGrafx-16NEC Technologies, Inc....
Aladdin's Magic Lamp1989AmigaNew Line Software...
Gun-Nac1990NESNEXOFT Corporation4.26
Blazer1987Commodore 64Nexus Software...
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM...
Last Hope Pink Bullets2009Arcade, DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM...
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM...
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG: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....
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

Psychosis Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Psychosis
Burai Fighter Deluxe Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Burai Fighter Deluxe
Gyrodine NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gyrodine
Fast Striker iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Fast Striker

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Psychosis
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Burai Fighter Deluxe
The title screen
Screenshot from Blazer
Main menu
Screenshot from Bloons Super Monkey
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