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
Agony1992AmigaPsygnosis Limited3.87
Apidya1992Amiga, WindowsPlay Byte3.88
Defender1981Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Intellivision, PC Booter, TI-99/4A, VIC-20, Xbox 360Atarisoft3.88
Aero Fighters 21994Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDSNK of America3.88
Menace1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPsyclapse3.88
Thunder Force II1988Genesis, Sharp X68000SEGA of America, Inc.3.88
Gaiares1990GenesisRenovation Products, Inc.3.88
Macross Plus1996ArcadeBanpresto Co., Ltd....
The Reap1997WindowsTake-Two Interactive Software, Inc.3.89
Soldier Blade1992PlayStation 3, PSP, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, Wii UHudson Entertainment, Inc.3.89
Gradius Gaiden1997PlayStationKonami Co., Ltd.3.90
The Raiden Project1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America LLC3.90
Skramble1983Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, MSX, VIC-20Anirog Software Ltd.3.90
Aero Fighters1992Arcade, SNESVideo System Co., Ltd.3.90
Nemesis 21987MSX, Wii, Wii UKonami 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
Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~2012WindowsRockin' Android, Inc...
Burning Angels1990TurboGrafx-16Naxat Soft...
Katakis1988AmigaRainbow Arts Software GmbH3.92
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
Harmful Park1997PlayStationSky Think Systems Co. Ltd....
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Selected Covers

Nemesis 2 MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Nemesis 2
The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for The Raiden Project
Skramble Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Skramble
Power Strike II SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Power Strike II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (Japanese release)
Screenshot from Nemesis 2
Main menu
Screenshot from The Raiden Project
Title screen
Screenshot from Skramble
Screenshot from Power Strike II
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