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. 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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement...
Burai Fighter1990NESTaxan USA Corp.3.75
Lethal Zone1991Amiga, Commodore 64Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG...
Alleykat1986Commodore 64Hewson Consultants Ltd....
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd....
Phalanx1991Game Boy Advance, Sharp X68000, SNES, WiiKemco America, Inc.3.75
Trizeal2004Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2Datam Polystar...
Battle Squadron1989Amiga, Android, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.75
Gekioh: Shooting King1999PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaMonkeyPaw Games Inc.3.76
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.77
Vulcan Venture1988Arcade, NES, PlayStation 4, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.77
Armed Police Batrider1998ArcadeEighting Co., Ltd....
Zaxxon1982Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Coleco Adam, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, MSX, PC Booter, SG-1000, TRS-80, TRS-80 CoCo, Wii, ZX SpectrumCogito Software Company3.78
Gunbird 21998Arcade, DreamcastCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.78
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Whip Rush1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.79
Halley Wars1989Game Gear, NESTaito Corporation3.79
Super R-Type1991SNES, WiiIrem America Corp.3.80
Sky Kid1985Arcade, Epoch Super Cassette Vision, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNamco Bandai Games America Inc.3.80
Blood Money1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.80
Lucifer's Kingdom1986Dragon 32/64Orange Software...
U.N. Defense Force: Earth Joker1993ArcadeVisco Corporation...
Zaga Mission1984Commodore 64Anirog Software Ltd....
Star Fighter1984Dragon 32/64J. Morrison (Micros) Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Trizeal Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Trizeal
Alleykat Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Alleykat
DUX Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for DUX
Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Heli Heroes

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Alleykat
If you do not start the game, you are getting shown some playing techniques.
Screenshot from DUX
Title screen
Screenshot from Heli Heroes
Title screen
Screenshot from Burai Fighter
Loading screen
Screenshot from Lucifer's Kingdom
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