Less than 150 games needed to reach our MobyGoal of 1,500 documented arcade titles!

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.

Related groups:
Viewing Page 3 of 28 (items 51-75 of 696) Previous | Next
Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Deathsmiles2007Arcade, iPhone, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International...
Protoganda: Strings2007WindowsCactus Software2.43
Aegis Wing2007Xbox 360Microsoft Game Studios3.20
Jets 'n' Guns Gold2007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLinux Game Publishing Ltd.4.27
Space Strike2007WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
ArchMage2007Macintosh, WindowsRake in Grass...
Parodius Portable2007PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc....
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM4.45
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement3.75
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc.3.33
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games2.58
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company4.00
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.52006Arcade, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International4.33
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Fuck Space!2006WindowsCactus Games3.09
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Terra Cresta2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Alien Stars2005WindowsStrategy First, Inc.3.60
GigaWing Generations2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation3.00
Goto Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Selected Covers

Aegis Wing Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Aegis Wing
Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Collection
Jets 'n' Guns Gold Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jets 'n' Guns Gold
Space Strike Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Space Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Aegis Wing
Title screen (first)
Screenshot from Protoganda: Strings
Screenshot from Gradius Collection
Title screen
Screenshot from Jets 'n' Guns Gold
High scores
Screenshot from Space Strike