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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 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.

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 orderUser Score
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft3.92
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.92
Ikaruga2001Android, Arcade, Dreamcast, Fire OS, GameCube, Windows, Xbox 360Infogrames, Inc.3.93
Super Fantasy Zone1992Genesis, WiiSun Corporation3.93
Lords of Thunder1993SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd.3.93
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd.3.93
Space Invaders Infinity Gene2008Android, BREW, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Space Megaforce1992SNESToho Co.,Ltd.3.94
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation3.94
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames3.95
Katakis1988AmigaRainbow Arts Software GmbH3.95
Aero Fighters 21994Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.95
Sexy Parodius1996Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.3.96
Final Soldier1991TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.96
Powerstrike II1993Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.96
Tyrian 20001999DOS, Macintosh, WindowsXSIV Games3.98
Gunnail1992ArcadeTecmo, Ltd.4.00
Battlestorm1990Amiga, CDTV, DOSTitus Software Corporation4.00
Galaxy Fighter1992SupervisionWatara4.00
Noiz2sa2002Amiga, Dreamcast, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, OS/2, WindowsABA Games4.00
Fatal Craft1992SupervisionWatara4.00
Dimahoo2000ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd.4.00
Honey Bee1992SupervisionWatara4.00
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Selected Covers

Ikaruga GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Ikaruga
Final Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Final Soldier
Powerstrike II Game Gear Front Cover
Front cover for Powerstrike II
Lords of Thunder SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Lords of Thunder

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (Ikaruga)
Screenshot from Ikaruga
Title screen.
Screenshot from Galaxy Fighter
A short intro sequence
Screenshot from Final Soldier
Screenshot from Powerstrike II