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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Zulu Hour2010Xbox 360Crying Monkey Studio...
Great Fairy Wars2010WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.83
Deathsmiles (Limited Edition)2010Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc....
Air Attack2010Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, MeeGoArt In Games Ltd.3.40
Liberty Wings2010iPhoneDigital Reality Publishing Kft....
A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!2010Android, Browser, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS VitaFrima Studio Inc....
Fast Striker2010Dreamcast, iPhoneNG:DEV.TEAM4.40
Apache Overkill2009Android, Browser, iPhone, PlayStation 3, PSPMiniclip Limited3.20
Gradius ReBirth2009WiiKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.43
Last Hope Pink Bullets2009Arcade, DreamcastNG:DEV.TEAM4.00
Siberian Strike2009iPhoneGameloft S.A....
Darius Burst2009PSPTaito Corporation...
Leave Home2009Windows, Xbox 360Hermitgames3.95
F-22 Raptor2009J2MEIF Europe...
Irukandji2009Linux, Macintosh, WindowsCharlie's Games4.45
Upgrade Complete!2009BrowserArmor Games Inc.3.10
Orbital Decay2009BrowserBubbleBox.com3.33
R-Type Dimensions2009PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Tozai, Inc.3.50
Undefined Fantastic Object2009WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice5.00
Radiant2009Android, BlackBerry, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, webOS, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHexage Ltd2.90
Subterranean Animism2008WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.83
Space Invaders Infinity Gene2008Android, BREW, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.94
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Selected Covers

Leave Home Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Leave Home
R-Type Dimensions Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for R-Type Dimensions
Siberian Strike iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Siberian Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Leave Home
Title screen
Screenshot from Subterranean Animism
The fake story is told with real old footage.
Screenshot from Siberian Strike
Main menu (Trial version)
Screenshot from Zulu Hour
Introduction screen
Screenshot from Genetos