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Piloting Into Shoot 'Em Up Action

Shoot 'em ups give you a single ship, and your goal is to blast away large scale enemies as you fly along a given level. There is also enemy fire to dodge, and the games can deliver vertical or horizontal scrolling. On iOS, many of these games let you guide your ship with your finger with auto firing allowing you to simply dodge, and line up your attack. There are variations, but the heart of the sub genre is to guide your plane to survive and shoot enemies out of the sky.

Sky Force Reloaded
Glitchskier
Gemini Strike: Space Shooter RPG

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Highest scored apps in the category

Challenging boss fights
Steredenn

Steredenn

Pixelnest Studio

Embrace the Chaos of Space in Steredenn, Now on iOS

Steredenn is the mobile port of the frantic bullet hell shmup that came out on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 back in 2015. It features randomly generated levels, multiple game modes, and amazing action.

Quick Shooter Action
Shooty Skies - Endless Arcade Flyer

Shooty Skies

Mighty Games

A scrolling shoot-’em-up from the creators Crossy Road

Take to the skies in a shoot-'em-up brought to you by the creators of arcade classic Crossy Road. Shooty Skies features adorable characters, epic bosses, and adorable enemies. This casual game is endless fun, with plenty of variety.

Enjoy action-packed gameplay
Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded

Infinite Dreams Inc.

Own the sky by taking out enemies and completing missions in this fast-moving follow up.

In the action-packed shooter Sky Force Reloaded, take out enemies, complete missions, rescue people, and upgrade your plane.

Challenging boss battles
Glitchskier

Glitchskier

Shelly Alon

REQUIRES iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 or better

REQUIRES iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 or better.
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fiction-warez presents: GLITCHSKIER
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. Developer: Shelly Alon
: Release Date: 2/02/2017
² Cracked by: fiction-warez
³ Game Type: Shoot Em Up
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Game information:
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Glitchskier is the new action game by Shelly Alon, the developer who brought you Partyrs and Sputnik Eyes.

Bullet hell at its finest: nervewired action, boss fights, rethought game systems and...

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Gemini Strike: Space Shooter RPG
Gemini Strike: Space Shooter RPG
Gemini Strike: Space Shooter RPG

Gemini Strike: Space Shooter RPG

Armor Games Inc

Blast your way through enemy ships, evade fiery asteroids, sneak through blockades and face-off against epic bosses in this action-packed space shooter! Then when the blasting is done, raid cargo ships to find procedurally generated items to customize your fighter.

With a zillion different modules to mix and match (shields, missiles,...

Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers
Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers
Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers

Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers

Mooff Games

Toon Shooters 2 is an arcade side-scrolling shooter 'shmup' inspired by the long lost classics of Gradius/R-Type/Salamander and more... Up to 5 Co-Op play available), different characters with various roles and abilities.

Five years after the fall of the Fleet, the Toons are back in action to wreck threats old...

Astro Attack
Astro Attack
Astro Attack

Astro Attack

James Bowling

*** Runs best on iPhone 5 and above ***

Ready player one?

Blast your way through waves of video game invaders in Astro Attack!

* Lots of video game themed ships to pilot
* Retro shooty space action!
* Chain powerups to become an unstoppable machine of invader destruction
* Simple one touch controls...

HELI HELL
HELI HELL
HELI HELL

HELI HELL

Starkom

GET TO THE CHOPPAAAAAA!

pocketgamer: "HELI HELL gives you a wall to smash into, over and over again"

More powerful than ever, the enemy has holed up on the Island of Vylleña. And now it's up to you to track him down and destroy all hostile activity.

An increasingly powerful arsenal...

Galactic Attack: Alien
Galactic Attack: Alien
Galactic Attack: Alien

Galactic Attack: Alien

Minh Dao Lai

This stunning shoot ‘em up (or shmup) game combines the classic arcade elements with the new modern rendering and incredible electronic soundtrack.
"Galactic Attack: Alien" offers gorgeous 3D graphics, intense gameplay and a lot of features. The options to boost up your spaceship are incredible.

Fire up your spaceship - enter this...

Sky Force 2014
Sky Force 2014
Sky Force 2014

Sky Force 2014

Infinite Dreams Inc.

The mobile blaster legend is back to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in super-destructive style. Harnessing the intensity of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups combined with the hottest smartphone technology, Sky Force 2014 offers a stunning scrolling shooter experience with an incredible new social gameplay element.

Ten years ago, IGN said, “Put simply, Sky...

AirAttack 2
AirAttack 2
AirAttack 2

AirAttack 2

Art In Games

***** TouchArcade 5/5 - Game of the Week - "Stunning Shooting" *****

Sequel of Award Winning next-gen top down air combat shooter with stunning 3D graphics and amazing orchestral soundtrack.
Enjoy the classic atmosphere of WW2 arcade shoot-'em-ups in modern rendering.
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Twin Shooter - Invaders
Twin Shooter - Invaders
Twin Shooter - Invaders

Twin Shooter - Invaders

eRepublik Labs

*** Pocketgamer Silver Award Winner ***
*** Featured by Apple as "15 greatest Party Games" ***
*** Featured by Apple at the "What's Your High Score" category ***

Now with NEW SHIPS, NEW ENEMY and a brand NEW POWER-UP!!!

Shoot Once. Die Twice!

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R.TYPE
R.TYPE
R.TYPE

R.TYPE

DotEmu

R-TYPE, THE CLASSIC ARCADE SHOOTER, RETURNS AS A UNIVERSAL APP!
Revisit the 80's (mesh half-shirts and Keds optional) with this classic, old-school shoot 'em up! One of the decade’s most popular arcade games will awaken fond memories of jangling quarters, Jolt Cola and week-old popcorn. Fire up your iPhone or...

R-TYPE II
R-TYPE II
R-TYPE II

R-TYPE II

DotEmu

A CLASSIC OLD-SCHOOL GAME
R-Type II is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Irem in 1989. This classic old-school game is the sequel to R-Type and the story takes place two years after. The player controls a ship called the R-9C which is an improved version...

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Raiden Legacy
Raiden Legacy

Raiden Legacy

DotEmu

RAIDEN LEGACY, a four-title compilation of the mega-popular RAIDEN arcade series, includes RAIDEN, RAIDEN FIGHTERS, RAIDEN FIGHTERS 2 & RAIDEN FIGHTERS JET. Originally developed by Seibu Kaihatsu, each of these classic scrolling shooters has not only been authentically recreated for mobile, but also enhanced with brand-new features!

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Toon Shooters
Toon Shooters
Toon Shooters

Toon Shooters

Mooff Games

CHECK OUR NEWEST GAME: Toon Shooters 2! (Well, get both Toon Shooters)

Featured in the App Store under 'The Best Games You've Never Played' in the US & many other countries.

In a faraway place a long time ago, the Galactic Fleet threaten to eat the galaxy and Earth is the next...

D-Day : Normandy
D-Day : Normandy
D-Day : Normandy

D-Day : Normandy

Vanilla Breeze Co., Ltd.

Survive the diabolic battlefield!
A modern remake of classic arcade shooter action that puts you right in the middle of the infamous battlefield on the coast of Normandy. Awake your rage hidden underneath! And Survive!

Features:
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-...

Air Force One Domination Shmup
Air Force One Domination Shmup
Air Force One Domination Shmup

Air Force One Domination Shmup

Zen Capital Pty Ltd

Fire your super weapons and destroy the enemy in the hottest new shmup to hit the store!
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Features Include:
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Sine Mora
Sine Mora
Sine Mora

Sine Mora

THQ Nordic GmbH

9/10 Eurogamer --- Game of the Week - “Perhaps the most visually stunning shooter ever made”
9/10 IGN --- “Everything fans expect is here in Sine Mora.” 8.5/10 Gamespot --- “One of the best XBLA titles this year.”
9.5/10 Destructoid --- "One of the most aesthetically-pleasing, fun, and thought-provoking games...

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Augmented Reality Asteroids - Unique Arcade Shmup

Augmented Reality Asteroids - Unique Arcade Shmup

Mabulous Software & Graphics GmbH

Asteroids AR is an amazingly simple but fun arcade sci-fi shooter that lets you open a wormhole right in your living room using latest augmented reality technology.

* Beautiful Visuals
Full 3D graphics with dynamic lighting effects and a lot of attention to detail.

* Addictive Gameplay
Asteroids AR will test your reaction rate and fine motor skills. Be careful, it gets addictive very quickly.

* Plenty of Upgrades
You start off with a single gun turret mounted on your space ship, but you can quickly upgrade your craft with various weapons and gadgets.

* Augmented Reality Technology
Using AR technology you can merge the game with your real environment. Just print out the singularity marker at www.mabulous.com/asteroids/marker and you are good to go!

* Classic Gameplay Mode
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Sky Force Battle 2017

Sky Force Battle 2017

Dung Nguyen

** Attack with your sky force and show your real power to the enemies in this game of war**
There are many scrolling shooters but none of them is like "Sky Force Battle". This stunning shoot ‘em up game combines the classic arcade elements with the new possibilities offered by current technology. The new installment in the series just came out in a spectacular style.
"Sky Force Battle" was a huge success, acclaimed by gamers and critics. "Sky Force Battle" gives players more of what they loved in the previous "Sky Force Battle". Get ready for your device getting hot and your finger getting sore. Prepare yourself for exciting new missions, more powerful enemies and breathtaking boss battles!

"Sky Force Battle" offers gorgeous graphics, intense gameplay and a lot of new features. The options to boost up your planes are incredible. Yes, that’s right, PLANES! There’s a satisfying number of planes to choose from. Each with different strengths and weaknesses. Cater to your inner collector by hunting in-game buff cards and unlocking a number of achievements.


FEATURES

* Beautiful and atmospheric levels with diverse missions to complete.
* Memorable battles with enormous bosses.
* A set of buff cards and new planes to collect.
* Upgrade your shields, guns, missiles, lasers, mega-bombs and magnets.
* Put your mission at risk to rescue stranded civilians.
* Boost your final score by completing in-game objectives on several difficulty modes.
* Rescue fallen friends to win extra lives and stars.
* Accessible to casual gamers, as well as die-hard shooter addicts.
* Full voiceover and incredible electronic soundtrack.


WARNING! "Sky Force Battle" is ridiculously addictive. Not typically addictive… This game will make your sweethearts upset with you. Fear not... Just show them "Sky Force Battle" so they’ll get sucked up too! Good hunting!

SHMUP WARS : Top Down Space Shooter

SHMUP WARS : Top Down Space Shooter

Miki Cai

Want to kill a million aliens? Can you complete all 100 levels? Want to blast apart wave after wave of enemy ships? Then download SHMUP WARS now and start shooting - the best twin stick space shooter in the app store. Hours and hours of awesome blasting action; weapon upgrades; beautiful space scenes; amazing tight controls; and an amazing soundtrack.

FEATURES
- 100 levels of intense space battle action.
- Upgrade your weapons.
- Amazing twin stick controls perfectly tuned.
- Get free coins in the shop screen.

Players who love classic style top down space shooters will love this.
Download it now for free.