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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
Mountain of Faith2007WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.50
Fuck Space!2006WindowsCactus Games3.09
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.52006Arcade, Xbox 360Amusement Marketing International4.33
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
Castle of Shikigami III2006Arcade, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Aksys Games Localization, Inc.3.33
Triggerheart Exelica2006Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360Alchemist Co., Ltd.3.71
Last Hope2006Dreamcast, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CDNG:DEV.TEAM4.45
PixelShips Retro2006WindowsPixelmusement3.75
Retro II2006WindowsCactus Games2.58
Under Defeat2006Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360G.rev Ltd.4.36
Gradius Collection2006PSPKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.15
Urban Uprising: Dark New World2006WindowsDark Hell Company4.00
Astro Avenger2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd....
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Homura2005Arcade, PlayStation 2505 GameStreet...
Star Soldier2005PSPHudson Soft Company, Ltd....
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Sonic Wings2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Radirgy2005Arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 2Able Corporation...
Absolute Blue2005WindowsIntermediaware...
GigaWing Generations2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation3.00
Phantasmagoria of Flower View2005WindowsTeam Shanghai Alice4.50
AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder2005WindowsDivoGames Ltd.4.00
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.76
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Selected Covers

GigaWing Generations PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for GigaWing Generations
Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover
Front cover for Radirgy
Ibara PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Ibara
Star Soldier PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Star Soldier

Selected Screenshots

Part of the introduction sequence
Screenshot from GigaWing Generations
Title screen in Tate (vertical screen) mode.
Screenshot from Radirgy
Main menu
Screenshot from Mountain of Faith
Title screen (Japan)
Screenshot from Star Soldier
Title screen
Screenshot from Jets 'n' Guns Gold