User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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
Adventures of Dino-Riki1987NESHudson Soft USA, Inc.2.24
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc3.92
AirStrike 22004WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.83
Uju Geobukseon1993GenesisSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Battle Squadron1989Amiga, Android, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.47
Thunder Spirits1990Arcade, SNESSeika Corporation3.65
Scramble Spirits1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.2.74
Darwin 40811990GenesisSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.20
Super Zaxxon1982Apple II, Arcade, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC BooterSEGA Enterprises, Inc.3.10
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
Whip Rush1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.4.00
Robo Aleste1992SEGA CDTengen Inc.3.40
Lords of Thunder1993SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Thunder Force VI2008PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation...
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Gulkave1986MSX, SG-1000Pony Canyon, Inc.4.08
Bio Hazard Battle1992Arcade, Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.65
Powerstrike II1993Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.96
Orguss1984SG-1000SEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Zaxxon 3-D1987SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.2.71
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.91
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Thunder Spirits SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Thunder Spirits
Zaxxon 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon 3-D
Orguss SG-1000 Front Cover
Front cover for Orguss
Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Radiant Silvergun

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Thunder Spirits
Sega paid for development
Screenshot from Gulkave
Title screen
Screenshot from Zaxxon 3-D
Title screen
Screenshot from Orguss