User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
A/X-1011994SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Virtua Cop: Elite Edition2002PlayStation 2Acclaim Entertainment Ltd.3.53
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.40
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.60
Gunslinger Collection 19953DOAmerican Laser Games, Inc.5.00
Safari Guns1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAction Sixteen3.50
Solar Crusade1996CD-i, WindowsInfogrames Europe SA1.75
Yar's Revenge2011Windows, Xbox 360Atari, Inc.1.83
Creature Shock19943DO, CD-i, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnVirgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.3.70
Bazooka Blitzkrieg1992SNESBandai America, Inc.3.17
Time Crisis 42006Arcade, PlayStation 3Namco Bandai Games America Inc.3.67
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.64
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.75
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles2007PlayStation 3, WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.72
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles2009PlayStation 3, WiiCapcom Entertainment, Inc.4.12
ExZeus2003PlayStation 2, WindowsConspiracy Entertainment Corp.2.83
Total Eclipse19943DO, PlayStationCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Cobra Command1984Arcade, iPhone, SEGA CDData East USA, Inc.2.92
Lock-On1986Arcade, Atari ST, PC BooterData East USA, Inc.3.43
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Medal of Honor: Heroes 22007PSP, WiiElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
Dead Space: Extraction2009PlayStation 3, WiiElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.3.00
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.02
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Selected Covers

Yar's Revenge Xbox 360 Front Cover
Front cover for Yar's Revenge
Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Lock-On
Solar Eclipse SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Solar Eclipse

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Yar's Revenge
Title screen (CGA)
Screenshot from Lock-On
Title Screen
Screenshot from Solar Eclipse
Title screen
Screenshot from Total Eclipse