Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Arcade (1973)

Though it could be argued that it isn't technically a "video" game because it uses film rather than electronic video...

Laser Dolphin Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

"The Prime Minister has been kidnapped by aliens. Are you a bad enough dolphin to rescue the Prime Minister?" That's...

MSX (1989)

Laserfight! is a horizontally-scrolling shooter that is exceptionally similar to the classic Gradius. The visual design and power-up system are...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Laser Gates is a side scrolling shooter. Failsafe detonators inside the cryptic computer have malfunctioned, and your job is to...

Laser Ghost SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

Ghost City is a city that appears every 13 years and is full of goblins and ghosts who thirst for...

Arcade (1989)

A young girl has been kidnapped by a blue demon and to make matters worse the whole city is under...

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Your civilization is under attack, and it's down to you and your Laser Hawk helicopter to put things right. Destroy...

NES (1991)

In Laser Invasion you are trying to stop the enemy from deploying a new type of super weapon while saving...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Laser Run owes its entire gameplay to the sequence of the Star Wars arcade game where you fly through a...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Laser Snaker puts you in control of a hungry snake, which must travel around the screen eating all the variously...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Laser Tanks is multiplayer tank battling game. Two players have to duke it out in either an easy or hard...

Laser Zone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

One of Jeff Minter's early eighties shoot'em'ups in his typical frantical style, Laser Zone has you controlling not one, but...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In 21st century, an alien race known as Kron began to prepare for an assault on the Earth. A defensive...

The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1994)

The Last Bounty Hunter is a simple shooter in the tradition of American Laser Games's Mad Dog McCree. Fairly simple...

Last Bullet Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Last Bullet is an adventure game centering around the story of Karin Hibiki, a young girl whose father has gone...

Windows (1995)

As Lieutenant 'Big L.', a player has to rescue his team of raw recruits from trouble, shooting off evil prehistoric...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1988)

Last Duel: Inter Planet War 2012 follows the story of two planets that are in war with each other. On...

The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1994)

The Last Dynasty is a hybrid game that casts the player in the role of the space pilot Mel Raauq....

DOS (1993)

In what has to be considered one of the most "original" games of all time, you are a flying beer...

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up created in 48 hours for the 2011 Global Game...

Last Galaxy Hero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Last Galaxy Hero you take the role of a lone solider against an alien robot horde. The game is...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

The Last Guardian is a side-scrolling space shoot'em up game. The player is a space shuttle pilot attacking alien spacecraft...

Last Hope Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2007), Neo Geo (2006) and Neo Geo CD (2006)

Pilot your Z-42 Warpstar starfight as Earth's last line of defense against the advance of the Evil Empire. Last Hope...

Last Hope Pink Bullets Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2009) and Arcade (2011)

This game is an updated edition of Last Hope. The game is basically the same, but some modifications have been...

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