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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Crime Patrol19933DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.68
Sewer Shark19923DO, SEGA CDHasbro, Inc. 3.19
X-Zone1992SNESKemco...
Bazooka Blitzkrieg1992SNESBandai America, Inc.3.17
Lethal Enforcers1992Arcade, Genesis, SEGA CD, SNESKonami (America), Inc.3.98
Battle Clash1992SNESNintendo of America Inc.3.60
Terminator 2: Judgment Day1991Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESArena Entertainment3.21
HyperZone1991SNESHAL Laboratory, Inc.3.04
Starblade19913DO, Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.4.26
The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback!1991Game BoyLJN, Ltd.2.07
Rail Chase1991ArcadeSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.90
L.A. Drugs Bust1990Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMayfair House1.45
The Punisher1990NESLJN, Ltd.2.90
Space Gun1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumTaito Corporation3.01
Assault City1990SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.64
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
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
Operation Thunderbolt1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, SNES, ZX SpectrumOcean Software Ltd.2.69
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Selected Covers

Crime Patrol CD-i Front Cover
Front cover for Crime Patrol
Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Space Gun Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Space Gun
HyperZone SNES Front Cover
Front cover for HyperZone
Roller Coaster Rumbler Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Roller Coaster Rumbler

Selected Screenshots

The main menu
Screenshot from Crime Patrol
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm
Title
Screenshot from Space Gun
Title screen
Screenshot from HyperZone
Area 1
Screenshot from L.A. Drugs Bust