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
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
Vulcan Venture1988Arcade, NES, PlayStation 4, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx CD, WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.79
Heli Heroes2002WindowsZUXXEZ Entertainment AG3.79
Whip Rush1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.79
Halley Wars1989Game Gear, NESTaito Corporation3.79
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
Zaga Mission1984Commodore 64Anirog Software Ltd....
Lucifer's Kingdom1986Dragon 32/64Orange Software...
U.N. Defense Force: Earth Joker1993ArcadeVisco Corporation...
Star Fighter1984Dragon 32/64J. Morrison (Micros) Ltd....
Gunbee F-99: The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko1998AmigaAPC&TCP...
FixEight1992ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
Dogyuun1992ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
Thunder Spirits1990Arcade, SNESSeika Corporation3.81
Bomber Attack1982Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Commodore PET/CBM, VIC-20The Avalon Hill Game Company3.81
Parodius1990Arcade, Game Boy, NES, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16Konami Industry Co. Ltd.3.82
Crimzon Clover: World Ignition2014WindowsDegica Co., Ltd...
Parodius1988MSX, Wii, Wii UKonami Industry Co. Ltd.3.83
In the Hunt1993Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsKokopeli Digital Studios3.83
Nemesis 21987MSX, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UKonami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc.3.83
Out Zone1990ArcadeToaplan Co., Ltd....
Captain Tomaday1999ArcadeVisco Corporation...
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Selected Covers

Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Heli Heroes
Thunder Spirits SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Thunder Spirits
Gunbird 2 Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Gunbird 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Heli Heroes
Title screen
Screenshot from Thunder Spirits
Loading screen
Screenshot from Lucifer's Kingdom
Screenshot from Gunbird 2
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