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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.

Limitations
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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
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.3.78
Cobra Command1984Arcade, iPhone, SEGA CDData East USA, Inc.3.31
Firefox1984ArcadeAtari, Inc....
Gumshoe1986NESNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Lock-On1986Arcade, Atari ST, PC BooterData East USA, Inc.3.43
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
Roller Coaster Rumbler1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSHi-Tech Expressions, Inc.4.00
To the Earth1989NESNintendo of America Inc.3.12
Line of Fire1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.99
Safari Guns1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAction Sixteen3.50
Mechanized Attack1989Arcade, NESSNK Corporation of America2.85
Beast Busters1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari STActivision, Inc.3.50
Jungle Warfare1989Amstrad CPC, ZX SpectrumVirgin Mastertronic Ltd.3.40
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.01
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House1.45
Assault City1990SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.64
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.90
Starblade19913DO, Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.3.63
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.3.00
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment2.96
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd.2.07
Rail Chase1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.90
X-Zone1992SNESKemco...
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 2.98
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Selected Covers

Beast Busters Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Beast Busters
The Punisher NES Front Cover
Front cover for The Punisher
Safari Guns Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Safari Guns
Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Lock-On

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Beast Busters
Area 1
Screenshot from L.A. Drugs Bust
Title Screen
Screenshot from The Punisher
The seagulls flying over in the intro
Screenshot from Safari Guns