A shmup, or shoot 'em up, is a genre of video games in which the player controls a lone character, whose objective is to destroy waves upon waves of enemies. Shmups are action games that characteristically feature either a top-down or horizontal view, sometimes with a continuously scrolling screen. Shmups are known for their fast-paced action, often having dizzying amounts of bullets and enemies on the screen. Shmups are generally considered to be one of the most difficult genres of video games.

Some of the various Vectrex shooters include Bedlam, Vector Vaders, Armor Attack, Protector/Y*A*S*I and Berzerk.

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