Tecmo, initially a supplier of cleaning equipment and now best known for Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, was founded on this day in 1967!

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
Raiden III2005PlayStation 2, WindowsUFO Interactive Games, Inc.3.33
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Terra Cresta2005PlayStation 2HAMSTER Corporation...
Homura2005PlayStation 2505 GameStreet...
Mushihimesama (Limited Edition)2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation5.00
Ibara2005Arcade, PlayStation 2Amusement Marketing International4.71
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Absolute Blue2005WindowsIntermediaware...
Star Blaze2005WindowsGladiators Software...
GigaWing Generations2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation3.00
Psyvariar 22004Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp.4.00
TUMIKI Fighters2004Linux, Macintosh, Windows3.73
Gradius V2004PlayStation 2Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.4.36
Eagle Squadron2004ExEnIn-Fusio...
Angelfish2004Windows, Windows MobileFathammer Ltd.3.50
AirStrike 22004WindowsDivoGames Ltd.3.83
1945 AirWar2004J2ME2.25
Chaos Field2004Dreamcast, GameCubeO~3 Entertainment3.83
Jets 'n' Guns2004Macintosh, Windows1C Company4.31
Espgaluda2004PlayStation 2Arika Co., Ltd.4.70
Trizeal2004Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2Datam Polystar3.75
Star Trek: The Birds of Prey2004J2MEJumbuck Entertainment Ltd...
Fren-ze2004PlayStation 2, WindowsHermitgames3.00
Steel Saviour2004WindowsFantastic.TV4.20
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
1945 I & II: The Arcade Games2004PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3Play It Ltd.4.00
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Selected Covers

Absolute Blue Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Absolute Blue
Jets 'n' Guns Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jets 'n' Guns
Star Blaze Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Star Blaze

Selected Screenshots

Title/Loading screen
Screenshot from Absolute Blue
Main menu
Screenshot from Jets 'n' Guns
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Blaze
Screenshot from Raiden III