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Shoot 'Em Up

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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Shoot 'Em Up, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
98% 2,162 votes
97% 792 votes
96% 797 votes
96% 516 votes
92% 3,515 votes
90% 8,080 votes
97% 158 votes
92% 1,185 votes
89% 3,681 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Shoot 'Em Up is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Shoot 'Em Up, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Action 92%
  2. Shooter 64%
  3. Arcade 55%
  4. 2D 50%
  5. Indie 47%
  6. Bullet Hell 44%
  7. Singleplayer 44%
  8. Casual 34%
  9. Pixel Graphics 32%
  10. Sci-fi 28%
  11. Retro 27%
  12. Top-Down Shooter 26%
  13. Top-Down 26%
  14. Colorful 22%
  15. Adventure 22%
  16. 3D 20%
  17. Space 20%
  18. Combat 16%
  19. Controller 16%
  20. Score Attack 15%

The Shoot 'Em Up tag refers to a genre of video games that center around fast-paced, action-packed gameplay where the player controls a character or vehicle and engages in intense shooting combat against hordes of enemies. Shoot 'em up games are often characterized by their frenetic gameplay, challenging difficulty, and bullet-filled screens.

In shoot 'em up games, the player typically moves horizontally or vertically across a scrolling screen while facing waves of enemy attacks. The objective is to destroy as many enemies as possible while avoiding their projectiles and obstacles to survive and progress further in the game.

The term "shoot 'em up" originated from the early days of arcade gaming when players would continuously tap on the fire button to unleash a rapid stream of bullets at oncoming enemies. Over time, shoot 'em up games evolved with new mechanics, power-ups, and different subgenres:

  • Scrolling Shooters These are traditional shoot 'em ups where players control a small spaceship or plane that moves across horizontally or vertically scrolling stages. Examples include classics like Gradius, R-Type, and more recent titles like Sine Mora EX.
  • Bullet Hell Shooters Also known as danmaku or manic shooters, bullet hell shooters take intensity to extreme levels with mesmerizing patterns of bullets filling the screen. Players must possess precise movement skills to navigate through seemingly impossible barrages. Examples include Ikaruga, Touhou Project, and Mushihimesama.
  • Twin-Stick Shooters These games are often played with a gamepad where one joystick controls movement while the other aims and shoots. Twin-stick shooters offer fast-paced shooting gameplay with emphasis on exploration and intense combat. Examples include Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Enter The Gungeon, and Nuclear Throne.

Shoot 'em up games provide high-octane action, reflex-based gameplay, and often feature memorable boss battles, power-ups, and visually stunning effects. They can be challenging but rewarding experiences that test players' precision, reflexes, pattern recognition abilities, as well as their spirit for competition.

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