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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
Robo Aleste1992SEGA CDTengen Inc.3.40
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1991Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.52
Super Zaxxon1982Apple II, Arcade, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC BooterSEGA Enterprises, Inc.3.10
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
Gulkave1986MSX, SG-1000Pony Canyon, Inc.4.08
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Zaxxon's Motherbase 20001995SEGA 32XSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
Lords of Thunder1993SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Radiant Silvergun1998Arcade, SEGA Saturn, Xbox 360Entertainment Software Publishing Inc.3.96
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Zaxxon 3-D1987SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.06
Shienryu1997Arcade, SEGA SaturnSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.00
Scramble Spirits1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.2.77
Orguss1984SG-1000SEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Thunder Force VI2008PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation...
Powerstrike II1993Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.09
Bio Hazard Battle1992Arcade, Genesis, Wii, WindowsSEGA of America, Inc.3.65
Astro Warrior1986SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.50
Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm1993SEGA CDSEGA of America, Inc.4.36
Scion1984Arcade, MSXSeibu Denshi2.25
Raiden II1993Arcade, WindowsCyberFront Corporation3.30
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
Capcom Arcade Hits Volume 22003Windows, Windows MobileSelectsoft Publishing4.50
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Selected Covers

Chaos Field GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Chaos Field
Scramble Spirits Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Scramble Spirits
Zaxxon 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon 3-D
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Scramble Spirits
Title screen
Screenshot from Raiden Fighters Jet
Title screen
Screenshot from Zaxxon 3-D
Start screen
Screenshot from Raiden DX
Title Screen
Screenshot from Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000