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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 himself 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Jets 'n' Guns Gold2007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLinux Game Publishing Ltd.4.27
Space Strike2007WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Clean Asia!2007Macintosh, WindowsCactus Games3.08
Air Force Missions 2007WindowsMyPlayCity.com4.00
ArchMage2007Macintosh, WindowsRake in Grass...
Raiden IV2007Arcade, Xbox 360UFO Interactive Games, Inc.4.40
Parodius Portable2007PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc....
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM4.45
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company4.00
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement3.75
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.52006Arcade, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International4.33
Fuck Space!2006WindowsCactus Games3.09
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games2.58
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc.3.33
Raiden III2005PlayStation 2, WindowsUFO Interactive Games, Inc.3.33
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd.4.00
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.60
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Sonic Wings2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
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Selected Covers

Fuck Space! Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Fuck Space!
Raiden IV Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden IV
Triggerheart Exelica Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Triggerheart Exelica
Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Radirgy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen with highscores
Screenshot from Flyout
Title Screen
Screenshot from PixelShips Retro
In the void
Screenshot from Fuck Space!
Intro shot 1.
Screenshot from Triggerheart Exelica