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
Lock-On1986Arcade, Atari ST, PC BooterData East USA, Inc....
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
Line of Fire1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumSEGA Europe Ltd.2.99
Safari Guns1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAction Sixteen...
Jungle Warfare1989Amstrad CPC, ZX SpectrumVirgin Mastertronic Ltd....
Mechanized Attack1989Arcade, NESSNK Corporation of America3.00
To the Earth1989NESNintendo of America Inc....
Roller Coaster Rumbler1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSHi-Tech Expressions, Inc....
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.01
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House...
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.90
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd....
Starblade19913DO, Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.4.23
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment3.17
Lethal Enforcers1992Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CD, SNESKonami (America), Inc.3.94
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.09
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.62
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge1993SNESNintendo of America Inc....
Star Wars: Rebel Assault19933DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA CDJVC Musical Industries, Inc.3.61
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.30
Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters1994Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CDKonami (America), Inc.3.35
Virtua Cop1994Arcade, SEGA Saturn, WindowsSEGA Entertainment, Inc.3.96
Tin Star1994SNESNintendo of America Inc....
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Selected Covers

Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Roller Coaster Rumbler
Microcosm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Microcosm
Operation Thunderbolt ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Operation Thunderbolt
Safari Guns Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Safari Guns

Selected Screenshots

Text Title and Loading program (EGA)
Screenshot from Roller Coaster Rumbler
Title Screen
Screenshot from Microcosm
Screenshot from Operation Thunderbolt
The seagulls flying over in the intro
Screenshot from Safari Guns
Game group created by vedder (20762), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (161850), POMAH (40545), 666gonzo666 (56277), chirinea (40007), Sciere (415499), Kabushi (173287), Terok Nor (23844), Scaryfun (14617), Игги Друге (44988), BdR (4641), Unicorn Lynx (174040) and BurningStickMan (17698)