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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
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.71
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Psyvariar 22004Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp.4.00
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Fren-ze2004PlayStation 2, WindowsHermitgames3.00
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd.4.00
Gunbird: Special Edition2004PlayStation 2Atlus Co., Ltd.3.53
Trizeal2004Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2Datam Polystar3.75
Espgaluda2004PlayStation 2Arika Co., Ltd.4.70
1945 AirWar2004J2ME2.25
Eagle Squadron2004ExEnIn-Fusio...
Angelfish2004Windows, Windows MobileFathammer Ltd.3.50
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.33
Star Trek: The Birds of Prey2004J2MEJumbuck Entertainment Ltd...
Steel Saviour2004WindowsFantastic.TV4.20
AirStrike 22004WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.83
Gradius V2004PlayStation 2Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.36
Mushihimesama2004Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.20
TUMIKI Fighters2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.73
Chō Aniki: Seinaru Protein Densetsu2003PlayStation 2Global A Entertainment...
Steel Dragon EX2003PlayStation 2D3Publisher Inc.3.67
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Selected Covers

Trizeal Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Trizeal
Ibara PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ibara
Astro Avenger Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Astro Avenger
Gunbird: Special Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gunbird: Special Edition

Selected Screenshots

Help page
Screenshot from Astro Avenger
Title screen
Screenshot from Mushihimesama
Title Screen
Screenshot from 1945 AirWar
Main menu
Screenshot from AirStrike 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Blaze