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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Enforcer: Fullmetal Megablaster1992Commodore 64, iPad, iPhoneCP Verlag4.50
Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II1991Amiga, Atari STEclipse Software Design4.53
Giga Wing1999Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.55
Fast Striker (Limited Edition)2010DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.60
Aleste 21989MSXCompile4.61
Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.4.62
Fantastic Night Dreams: Cotton1993Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CDElectronic Arts Victor4.65
DoDonPachi1997Arcade, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS Vita, SEGA SaturnAtlus Co., Ltd.4.69
Espgaluda2004PlayStation 2Arika Co., Ltd.4.70
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.71
Summer Carnival '92: Recca1992NES, Nintendo 3DSKaga Electronics4.75
Pop'n Twinbee1993SNESKonami Co., Ltd.4.80
Uridium 21993AmigaRenegade Software4.80
Space Marauder1999Game Boy ColorAgetec, Inc.5.00
Strikers 1945 Plus1999Arcade, iPhone, PSPPM Studios, Inc.5.00
R-Type II1988TurboGrafx-16Hudson Soft Company, Ltd.5.00
Märchen Adventure Cotton 100%1994PlayStation, SNESDatam Polystar5.00
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Toy Shop Boys1990TurboGrafx-16Victor Musical Industries, Inc....
Thunder Force: Gold Pack 11996SEGA SaturnTechnosoft Co., Ltd....
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier2003GameCube, PlayStation 2Hudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Twinbee Portable2007PSPKonami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd....
Starship Hector1987NESHudson Soft USA, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Uridium 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Uridium 2
Star Soldier PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Star Soldier
Aleste 2 MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Aleste 2
Starship Hector NES Front Cover
Front cover for Starship Hector
Ibara PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ibara

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Uridium 2
Title screen (Japan)
Screenshot from Star Soldier
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from Space Marauder
Title screen
Screenshot from Aleste 2
Japanese title screen
Screenshot from Starship Hector