Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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.

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. 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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Clean Asia!2007Macintosh, WindowsCactus Games3.08
Karous2007DreamcastMileStone Inc.4.20
Raiden IV2007Arcade, Xbox 360UFO Interactive Games, Inc.4.40
IO2007Windows2.60
Trouble Witches: Episode 1 - Daughters of Amalgam2007WindowsStudio SiestA...
Protoganda: Strings2007WindowsCactus Software2.43
Deathsmiles2007Arcade, iPhone, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International...
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc.3.33
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
Fuck Space!2006WindowsCactus Games3.09
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement3.75
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company4.00
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games2.58
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.52006Arcade, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International4.33
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM4.45
Assault Wings 19442005J2MEGameloft S.A.3.58
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Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Nanostray2005Nintendo DSMajesco Entertainment Company3.52
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd.4.00
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
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Selected Covers

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Radirgy
Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Collection
Under Defeat Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Under Defeat
Astro Avenger Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Avenger
Raiden IV Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Raiden IV

Selected Screenshots

Title screen in Tate (vertical screen) mode.
Screenshot from Radirgy
Title screen
Screenshot from Assault Wings 1944
Main menu
Screenshot from Deathsmiles
Enter your name for the high score table
Screenshot from Retro II