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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.3.77
Firefox1984ArcadeAtari, Inc....
Cobra Command1984Arcade, iPhone, SEGA CDData East USA, Inc.2.92
Lock-On1986Arcade, Atari ST, PC BooterData East USA, Inc.3.43
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 Corporation3.45
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
Beast Busters1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari STActivision, Inc.3.50
Mechanized Attack1989Arcade, NESSNK Corporation of America2.94
To the Earth1989NESNintendo of America Inc.3.12
Safari Guns1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAction Sixteen3.50
Line of Fire1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.99
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House1.45
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.08
Assault City1990SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.4.25
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.3.12
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment3.08
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd.2.00
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.3.00
Rail Chase1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.90
Starblade19913DO, Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.3.63
Lethal Enforcers1992Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CD, SNESKonami (America), Inc.4.09
Bazooka Blitzkrieg1992SNESBandai America, Inc.3.17
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.02
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Selected Covers

Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Lock-On
Line of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Line of Fire
Star Wars DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars
Space Gun Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Space Gun

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (CGA)
Screenshot from Lock-On
Title
Screenshot from Line of Fire
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars
Title
Screenshot from Space Gun