Genre: Rail shooter

Group Description

A rail shooter is a specific kind of shooter game. In these games, the player only controls a cross-hair or uses a weapon shaped controller to fire at on-screen enemies and hazards. The player moves along a prerecorded path through the levels. In other words, the player is "on rails" and cannot decide where to go. In some rail shooters, the player might have a limited influence into which direction the character moves at junctions.

While most rail shooters feature a first person perspective, this isn't mandatory. Games where the player character is able to move are not rail shooters.

Some shooters show the player in a third person perspective moving along a predefined path, but in addition also allow the player to move his avatar all over (or parts of) the screen. Such games belong to the chase-view shooter genre and should not be included in this group.

This group is only for games which feature only this type of game play. Some shooter games might offer a single level in which the path is predefined. These games are excluded from the group.
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Star Wars1983Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, BBC Micro, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, DOS, Electron, GameCube, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.93
Cobra Command1984Arcade, iPhone, MSX, SEGA CD, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, WindowsData East USA, Inc.4.16
Firefox1984ArcadeAtari, Inc....
Lock-On1986Arcade, Atari ST, PC BooterData East USA, Inc....
Gumshoe1986NESNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Operation Wolf1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, ZX SpectrumTaito America Corporation3.44
Operation Thunderbolt1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SNES, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.2.69
Beast Busters1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari STActivision, Inc....
Roller Coaster Rumbler1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSHi-Tech Expressions, Inc....
To the Earth1989NESNintendo of America Inc....
Mechanized Attack1989Arcade, NESSNK Corporation of America3.00
Jungle Warfare1989Amstrad CPC, ZX SpectrumVirgin Mastertronic Ltd....
Safari Guns1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAction Sixteen...
Line of Fire1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumSEGA Europe Ltd.2.99
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.01
Assault City1990SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.64
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House...
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.90
Starblade19913DO, Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.4.28
Rail Chase1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd....
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment3.17
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd....
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.3.04
Lethal Enforcers1992Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CD, SNESKonami (America), Inc.3.94
Battle Clash1992SNESNintendo of America Inc.3.60
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Selected Covers

Star Wars DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars
Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Lock-On
Line of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Line of Fire
HyperZone SNES Front Cover
Front cover for HyperZone
Cobra Command SEGA CD Front Cover
Front cover for Cobra Command

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars
Title screen (CGA)
Screenshot from Lock-On
Screenshot from Line of Fire
Title screen
Screenshot from HyperZone
This is the type of chopper you will control
Screenshot from Cobra Command
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