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.

Limitations:
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
Soldier Blade1992PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.89
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
Skramble1983Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, MSX, VIC-20Anirog Software Ltd.3.90
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.90
Nemesis 21987MSX, WiiKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.91
Gradius: The Interstellar Assault1991Game BoyKonami, Inc.3.91
Raptor: Call of the Shadows1994DOS, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsApogee Software, Ltd.3.91
Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar1992GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.3.92
Aero Fighters1992Arcade, SNESVideo System Co., Ltd.3.92
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc...
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft...
Macross Plus1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.92
R-Type Delta1998PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSPAgetec, Inc.3.92
Ikaruga2001Android, Arcade, Dreamcast, Fire OS, GameCube, Windows, Xbox 360Infogrames, Inc.3.93
Lords of Thunder1993SEGA CD, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd....
Border Down2003Arcade, DreamcastG.rev Ltd....
Twin Cobra1987Arcade, FM Towns, Genesis, NES, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16American Sammy Corporation3.93
Space Invaders Infinity Gene2008Android, BREW, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Metal Black 1991Arcade, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation...
Blazing Lazers1989PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.94
Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou2002Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International3.94
Carrier Air Wing1990ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames...
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Selected Covers

The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Raiden Project
Border Down Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Border Down

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from The Raiden Project
Stage 1 yellow border
Screenshot from Border Down
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