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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 shoot 'em ups 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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shoot ’em up

1. n. a Western action movie. Most films are more sophisticated nowadays than the old shoot ’em ups.
2. mod. having to do with a Western action film. He was a shoot ’em up star in the thirties.
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She told the USA Today newspaper: "Would I like to do a shoot-'em-up film?
Parodius Deluxe is a classic sideways scrolling shoot-'em-up on the Playstation and Sega Saturn.
Charren became troubled by the shoot-'em-up Westerns and monster cartoons designed to sell breakfast cereal that were the standard (and only) television fare available to her children in the late 1960's.
PressTV, the English-language outlet of Iranian state broadcasting, only devoted four short paragraphs to what would be an astounding story if it were true--the first shoot-'em-up ever between Iranian and American ground forces.
Good old beat-'em-up, shoot-'em-up Sylvester Stallone is currently finalising the plans for Rambo 4 - and the latest idea for the script (backed by the author of the original) has loonie loner Vietnam vet John Rambo working for the causes of peace and diplomacy in the United Nations' New York HQ.
Eidos): Lara Croft has become the first PC pin-up and here the action lady struts her stuff in a shoot-'em-up that sets new standards in graphics and animation.
But not for old-timer Sylvester Stallone, aiming for a Nobel Peace Prize in a grisly shoot-'em-up with slightly less blood and guts than a butcher's shop.
have found a new lease of life in this gory survival horror romp, where you have a choice of eight classic characters, including Hunk and Krauser from Resident Evil 4, and must throw yourself full-length into a shoot-'em-up, beat-'em-up battle against the clock.
But there are still enough moral doubts and questions to make this more than just another shoot-'em-up secret agent adventure.
It's John Woo meets John Wayne a good ol' shoot-'em-up which is cool, too.
JOWOOD'S Aquanox for PC is a water-based shoot-'em-up designed to make specific use of nVidia's GeForce3 graphics technology, and it really looks the part.
He also has to carry most of the cast through Howard Hawks' oldschool shoot-'em-up, a leisurely recap of Rio Bravo themes.
Okay, it's a shoot-'em-up, but it has great thrust and a plot that tends to make sense - which lifts a game that might otherwise be over looked.
Big, lively, old-school shoot-'em-up staged without fuss by Wayne, standing in for ailing veteran director Michael Curtiz.
Instead of a shoot-'em-up, "Heroes" is more of a look-'em-up game: Players click on statues of ancient generals and Communist Party heroes to learn their experiences and carry out tasks like moving bricks.