A vertically scrolling shoot'em up game. Heralded by many as the first 'maniac shooter' this game could be called the Mother of games like Mushihimesama and DodonPachi.
Moon Patrol: The Milky Way Chronicles
Intellivision Amico-exclusive sequel to the classic arcade game.
Cosmo Gang: The Video
Cosmo Gang: The Video, published by Namco for the Super Famicom, is a 16-bit take on Space Invaders. It was not released outside of Japan.
A 1981 shoot-'em-up arcade game by Tehkan. Defend the Earth from alien invaders, then blast off to blow up the mothership.
Galaga is a vertical shooter arcade game released in 1981. Developed by Namco and published by Namco and Midway.
A nuclear submarine defends against countless droves of other attack vehicles from air and sea.
R-Type Final 2
The sixth main installment of, as well as a crowdfunded revival of, the R-Type series of sci-fi shoot-'em-ups. Led by some of the team behind the 2003 game R-Type Final, R-Type Final 2 brings the action into full HD while bringing back the ludicrous amount of playable ships and introducing new customization elements and post-release updates.
Battle space aliens and avoid their suicidal attacks to survive in the world of Galaxian, Namco's first installment in the Galaxian franchise. It was a technical breakthrough in 1979, featuring RGB color, multi-colored sprites, a tilemap playfield, vertical scrolling background, and enemies with individual AI routines.
CounterAttack is a side scrolling space shooter with up to 4 player local coop or up to 8 player online coop. Tons of levels, ultimate abilities, unlockable upgrades and weapons, and a robust powerup system.
Akai Katana Shin
Akai Katana for Xbox 360 contains three different modes, including a port of the original arcade version of Akai Katana.
A horizontal side-scrolling Arcade shoot 'em up originally developed and released to Japanese Arcades by Namco in 1988, followed by a TurboGrafx-16 conversion. It is known for its bizarre comedic elements, reminiscent of Konami's Parodius or Masaya's Cho Aniki.
The second "Recharged" reimagining of an Atari classic focuses on 1979's Asteroids.
The first shoot-'em-up by arcade studio Psikyo, Samurai Aces is set in a bizarre science-fantasy Feudal Japan, as six pilots use their own unique aircraft (from old-fashioned gliders to stealth fighters) to take on an evil cult.
Aniquilation is a twin-stick shooter taking place on spherical levels for up to two players.
TWilight INSanity is a doujin vertical shoot em' up game developed by Eikyuu Loop.
Transputer Man is a 1988 C64 shoot 'em up created by Palace Software in the Shoot Em Up Construction Kit, and was distributed as a demo game with that product.
Strikers 1945 II
Strikers 1945 II is the sequel to Strikers 1945, adapted from a popular Japanese arcade game. Developed by Psikyo, the game was successful in both North American and Asia.
Thunderbolt II is a vertical scrolling shooter from Gamtec, which remained a Taiwan-only release until 2019.
Strikers 1945 III
This is the third game in the Strikers 1945 series. Strikers 1945 III was considered the high point of the franchise.
Cygni: All Guns Blazing
Cygni: All Guns Blazing is a twin-stick vertical scrolling SHMUP developed by KeelWorks.
GRAND CROSS: ReNOVATION
An indie shoot 'em up featuring very technical controls and a novel regenerating health system.
Radiant Silvergun is a vertical scrolling shooter with several weapons and a color-based chain system.
A spin-off of the Gradius series of side-scrolling shoot-'em-ups, featuring moe-anthropomorphized versions of starfighters from previous Konami games.