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
Dangerous Seed1989Arcade, GenesisNamco Limited...
Xevious: Fardraut Saga1988MSXNamco Limited3.65
Xevious: Fardraut Densetsu1990TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited...
Super Xevious1984Arcade, NES, Sharp X68000Micomsoft...
Barunba1990MSX, TurboGrafx-16Namco Limited...
Xevious1982Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Arcade, Atari 7800, Atari ST, BREW, Commodore 64, FM-7, Game Boy Advance, J2ME, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PC-8000, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp MZ-80B/2000/2500, Sharp X1, Sharp Zaurus, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumAtari Corporation4.11
Dead Moon1991TurboGrafx-16, WiiNatsume, Inc.3.60
Abadox: The Deadly Inner War1989NESMilton Bradley Co.3.11
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team1990NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNatsume, Inc.3.48
Nexzr1992TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Summer Carnival '93: Nexzr Special1993TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
W Ring1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft...
M.U.S.H.A.1990Genesis, WiiNaxat Soft4.27
Psycho Chaser1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiNaxat Soft...
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft...
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft...
Spriggan Mark 21992TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft...
Coryoon: Child of Dragon1991TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.96
Summer Carnival '92: Alzadick1992TurboGrafx CDNaxat Soft...
Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer1992Genesis, WiiNCS Corporation3.14
Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special1989TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Down Load 21991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
Down Load 1990TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Darius Alpha1990SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx-16NEC Avenue, Ltd....
Hellfire S1991TurboGrafx CDNEC Avenue, Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Seireisenshi Spriggan TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Seireisenshi Spriggan
Super Xevious NES Front Cover
Front cover for Super Xevious
Barunba MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Barunba

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Darius Alpha
Title screen
Screenshot from Seireisenshi Spriggan
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