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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Zaxxon 3-D1987SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.06
Powerstrike II1993Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.09
Forgotten Worlds1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.11
Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.4.36
Astro Warrior1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
Scion1984Arcade, MSXSeibu Denshi2.25
Raiden DX1994Arcade, PlayStationHAMSTER Corporation...
Raiden Fighters Jet1998ArcadeSeibu Kaihatsu Inc.4.33
Raiden1990Arcade, DOS, FM Towns, Genesis, Jaguar, Lynx, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAcer3.58
Raiden II1993Arcade, WindowsCyberFront Corporation3.30
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.50
Psychic Storm1992TurboGrafx CDShin-Nihon Laser Soft Co., Ltd....
Scorpius1991Sharp X68000Shinseisha...
Fuzzical Fighter1991NESSigma Enterprises, Inc....
War Hawk1986Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64Firebird Software Ltd.3.09
Menace1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPsyclapse3.91
Blood Money1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.81
Illusion Blaze1994DOSSKC Soft Land...
Box Ranger1992DOSSKC Soft Land4.00
Fox Ranger1992DOSSKC Soft Land2.25
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.80
Ultra Assault2003WindowsSmall Rockets4.25
Star Monkey2001WindowsSmall Rockets4.33
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Selected Covers

Zaxxon 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon 3-D
Blood Money DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Blood Money
Forgotten Worlds Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Forgotten Worlds
Astro Warrior SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Warrior

Selected Screenshots

Fox Ranger title screen
Screenshot from Fox Ranger
Start screen
Screenshot from Raiden DX
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Storm
Title screen
Screenshot from Zaxxon 3-D
Title screen
Screenshot from Scorpius