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Phonetic contraction of shoot-'em-up.
shmup (plural shmups)
- (video games, slang) A shoot-'em-up.
- 2005, Simon Carless, Gaming Hacks:
- Highlights include the great-looking shmup Judgement Silversword.
- 2005, Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun for Game Design:
- Galaga was probably the most influential of all of these because it added bonus levels and the power-up, a concept that has become standard in every shmup.