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shmup

An abbreviated form of "shoot 'em up," a video game genre in which the objective is to shoot a large number of enemies while maneuvering to avoid their attacks, especially by controlling a single spacecraft or aircraft. I used to love playing shmups at our local arcade growing up. It required such quick reactions and skill that you really felt accomplished when you made it all the way through!
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But the best scrolling shoot-'em-ups (or 'shmups' if you're an Amiga-worshipping 40-year-old) are more like elaborate mazes than straight blasterthons, forcing you to bob and weave through slews of incoming missiles like a prize fighter.
Sadly, Drifting Lands just doesn't have the core quality to be anything more than a substandard shmup with frills.
It was extremely difficult due to living arrangements and daily responsibilities but he loved the concept of the game and sought to marry the vertical scrolling shooter with the twin stick shooter: a sub genre of shmups. The main inspiration for this Idea came from games such as Microbot, Power up Forever, Hard Corps: Uprising, and omega five on Xbox live arcade.
Desolators will be a modern shmup that reinvigorates the shmup genre by abandoning classic gaming staples such as lives, limited continues, and on screen collectable power ups to create a new modern enjoyable experience with out sacrificing the challenge associated with Shmups."
Desolators is a vertical scrolling shmup (shoot em up), a game genre popularized in the 80's, High profile entries in the genre appear fairly often such as Sine mora, Resogun, and the upcoming open world shmup Galak-Z on Playstation 4.