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Shoot 'em up game (also known as shmup or STG) is a subgenre of the shooter video game genre. In a typical shoot'em up, the player character single-handedly engages large numbers of enemies, often in a spacecraft or aircraft. Players actions are limited to shooting and dodging their attacks, as well as collecting various power-ups. dodging their attacks.
In the best shoot 'em up games the player have to memorize levels and enemy attack patterns. This requires good reaction time and precise control over the player’s aircraft.
Shoot’em up games are one of the oldest video game genres. They gained their popularity in the early 1980s thanks to games like Commando, Asteroids, and the all-time favourite Space Invaders. Because of their casual character, they’re still very popular among gamers - a fact many indie developers use to their advantage.
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