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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Lunar Jetman Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

This freeware remake of the science-fiction space shooter from 1983 replaces the old, 8-bit graphics and sounds with new assets...

Lunar Knights Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Many years into the future, a race of vampires have emerged, plunging planet Earth into darkness with an environmental control...

Lunar Leeper VIC-20 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1981)

In this game, you must guide your spaceship around while picking up hostages located on the surface, and bring them...

Arcade (1979)

Lunar Rescue is an arcade game where the player has to evacuate stranded astronauts from the moon. It involves gameplay...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Lunar Rover Patrol, doesn't that name make you think of Irem's classic Moon Patrol? Well, playing the games doesn't change...

Lunicus Windows 3.x Front Cover

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

This is a conversion of a highly acclaimed Mac title. The premise is that aliens come to wipe out the...

Lupin Sansei: Colombus no Isan wa Ake ni Somaru PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Master thief Lupin the Third is after yet another high-value target: the ship's log from Christopher Colombus' famous voyage to...

Lupin Sansei: Lupin ni wa Shi o, Zenigata ni wa Koi o PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

After receiving a message from his on-again off-again love interest Fujiko Mine, master thief Lupin the Third has just arrived...

Luxor: Amun Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), Macintosh (2005), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Luxor: Amun Rising, the sequel to Luxor, is an arcade style action-puzzle game. The player goes on an adventure, travelling...

Luxor: The Wrath of Set PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Luxor: The Wrath of Set is the PSP adaptation of the two previous Luxor games. In this puzzle game, the...

Camputers Lynx (1983)

Lynx Invaders is a clone of Space Invaders. Like in all other games of its kind the player controls a...

PC-88 (1987) and FM-7 (1986)

In the future, humans began to build space stations, on which special army units were always present to ensure that...

Arcade (1977)

M-4 is a very simple 2D arcade shooter game, with monochrome graphics. The player controls a tank on one side...

Arcade (1977)

M-79 Ambush is a very simple arcade shooting gallery game. The player controls a gun (M-79 grenade launcher) and must...

Windows 3.x (1992)

Anti-Mac propaganda in the form of a game. You are a PC and must shoot rotten apples at the evil...

Macintosh (1985)

Originally bundled with the C Development Package for the Macintosh 128k, MacBugs! was eventually released as freeware to promote the...

Mach 3 Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Kill all the enemies, avoid the mines, and travel between distinct worlds to kill the evil mastermind in this behind-the-hero...

Machine Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

2041 is the year in which Earth is taken over by a force of alien robots. 2041 will also be...

Machine Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

A classic shooter with a twist. Aliens have invaded the Martian Colonies and reprogrammed the mining robots into killers. Earth,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

An evil robot called Nektron has enslaved three planets and it's the player's job to take on the role of...

Mach Rider NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Mach Rider is a motorcycle combat game set in a post-apocalyptic future. Players, represented by Mach Rider, must make their...

Windows (2003)

Macky and Pentell is a "bullet hell cute-em-up" fan game with manga-like graphics. It's based on the video game Twinkle...

Arcade (1996)

Macross Plus is a 2D vertically scrolling shooter, based on the Macross anime. The player can choose one from 3...

Atari ST (1987) and Macintosh (1985)

The player is a small pilot in the regime of an evil dictator, but one day he finds an abandoned,...

Atari 2600 (1982)

M.A.D. (which stands for Missile Attack and Defense) is an arcade action game somewhat similar to Missile Command. You control...

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