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Shooter

Description

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies.

The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games; however, any weapon that dispatches projectiles qualifies, which makes many games (e.g. Heretic) that rely on medieval ranged weaponry or even magical projectiles shooters as well.

There are many shooter sub-genres, including fixed-screen shooters, scrolling shooters, rail shooters, and others.

Since the emergence of 3D graphics, 3D shooters, popularized by Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, have become the leading representatives of the genre. This sub-genre is sometimes referred to as first-person shooter, though this definition is not very precise, since the genre's distinguishing feature are 3D environments, not the perspective; some 3D shooters allow players to switch between perspectives, while others enforce a third-person view.

3D shooters may incorporate elements of other genres, most commonly role-playing (e.g. System Shock games and Deus Ex).
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Captain Fizz Meets the Blaster-Trons Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

The Blaster-Trons have invaded the planet Icarus, which is set as 20 levels on top of the last. The people...

Browser (2009)

Captain Forever is a space shoot-em-up set in the vector-based void of classic '80s arcade games in space settings. The...

DOS (1995)

Captain Kang is a platform shooter starring the titular character, a kangaroo who also happens to be a special agent...

Captain Planet Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amiga (1991), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Captain Planet was an amalgam of youths from around the world, and aimed to rid the world of global warming...

NES (1991)

Based on the cartoon series of the same name, Captain Planet and the Planeteers are environmental protectors. Each Planeteer is...

Captain Planet and the Planeteers     Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Children growing up in the early 90s were worried about impending environmental doom. The popular Captain Planet cartoons told them...

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a 2D space shooter.Based on the '87 TV series Captain Power...

Captain Quazar Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and 3DO (1996)

The idea behind Captain Quazar is simple, from a 3/4 overhead view control the Captain, kill the bad guys and...

Arcade (1999)

Captain Tomaday is a 2D vertical scrolling "cute'em up". Main hero is Captain Tomaday - a mutant cherry tomato with...

Captain Zapp Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

From the famous comic strip comes this multi-load action game. Flash has 3 distinct tasks to face, travelling through a...

SNES (1995)

This compilation includes the following three games:Star Force Star Soldier Starship Hector Years later, this same set of games was...

Windows (2001)

In Carax '95 the player takes control over a space ship and shoots at aliens. The goal of every level...

Amiga (1991)

A horizontal shoot-em-up in the vein of Silkworm; you fly a plane (a 'White Shark' no less) across various terrains...

Amiga (1991)

A Defender style shoot 'em up with a succession of waves to fight off. The background graphics aren't very detailed,...

Carious Weltling Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

This game is played on a single screen and stars a weltling as an unlikely protagonist; a dead baby bird...

Carious Weltling II Browser Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Browser (2005)

Carious Weltling II keeps the core gameplay of its predecessor with the main objective of control a weltling to make...

Windows (2009)

Car Jacker 2 is a 3D action game and the follow-up to CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone!. The protagonist is a...

CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone! largely draws inspiration from the Grand Theft Auto series but with simplified gameplay. The player commands...

Carnival Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982) and Arcade (1980)

You are at the carnival, and are going to take a chance at the shooting gallery! Your goal is to...

Carnivores Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Another planet has been discovered, populated with prehistoric dinosaurs. You embark on the hunt of a lifetime, trudging through the...

Carnivores 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2010), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Carnivores 2 is a hunting simulation in the vein of Deer Hunter. Instead of hunting cute woodland creatures however the...

Carnivores: Cityscape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A giant spacecraft carrying cryogenically frozen dinosaurs crashes near a city on a distant planet. This planet is owned by...

Carnivores: Ice Age Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Carnivores: Ice Age is third game in the hunting series. This version is set on the Arctic regions of planet...

Arcade (1990)

Carrier Air Wing is a 2D side scrolling arcade shooter. The player chooses one of three different jet fighters (F-14...

Cartoon Network Power Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Cartoon Network Power Pack is a compilation of games and cartoons. This product comes on two double sided DVDs and...

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