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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House1.45
Solar Crusade1996CD-i, WindowsInfogrames Europe SA1.75
Yar's Revenge2011Windows, Xbox 360Atari, Inc.1.83
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd.2.07
Rambo: The Video Game2014PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Reef Entertainment Ltd.2.14
AC-130: Operation Devastation2009WindowsValuSoft, Inc.2.33
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine1994DOS, SEGA CDBMG Interactive Entertainment2.37
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Revolution X1994Arcade, DOS, Genesis, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.2.49
Project: Horned Owl1995PlayStationSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.50
Maximum Force1997Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsMidway Games, Inc.2.69
Operation Thunderbolt1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SNES, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.2.69
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.2.80
ExZeus2003PlayStation 2, WindowsConspiracy Entertainment Corp.2.83
Mechanized Attack1989Arcade, NESSNK Corporation of America2.85
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.90
ExZeus2009Android, iPhoneHyperDevbox Japan2.92
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment2.96
The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut2011PlayStation 3SEGA of America, Inc.2.96
Line of Fire1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.99
Gumshoe1986NESNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Major Mayhem2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, Windows AppsAdult Swim3.00
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan2011PlayStation 3, Wii, WindowsMastiff, LLC3.00
A/X-1011994SEGA CDAbsolute Entertainment, Inc.3.00
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.01
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Selected Covers

Microcosm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Microcosm
Major Mayhem Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Major Mayhem
Maximum Force PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Maximum Force

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Microcosm
Main menu
Screenshot from Major Mayhem
Mission selection
Screenshot from Maximum Force