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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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Commodore 64 (1984)

Skramble is a version of the classic arcade shooter Scramble which has you controlling a ship over seven levels, over...

VIC-20 (1982)

Skramble! is a version of Scramble for the VIC-20 by Terminal Software. The player has to direct a ship in...

DOS (1994)

Skull Quest II: The Vortex is a single player, shareware, DOS dungeon crawl game.The basic story behind this game is...

DOS (1993)

Skull Quest I: The Cyan Sarcophagus is a single player, shareware, dungeon crawl game for DOS.Two hundred years ago the...

DOS (1993)

All TV Satellite dishes have been stolen by a horde of crazed Schnozes. Astronauts were sent to the Moon to...

DOS (1993)

You are a brave squirrel named Skunny. Your mission is to stop the evil, demented Sadman Insane from achieving his...

Arcade (1992)

Sky Alert is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up. There are two planes to choose from: Type A and Type B....

Skyblaster Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

Skyblaster is a shoot-em-up, in which the player flies a helicopter over a 3D landscape. The goal is to destroy...

DOS (1994)

Sky Bombers is a shareware, single player, arcade-type shooter. The player controls a soldier with a jet pack who they...

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The Flying Legion Air Combat Challenge is a freely* downloadable game based on the movie "Sky Captain and the World...

NES (1985) and Arcade (1985)

Sky Destroyer is an aerial combat game. Players take the role of a warplane that has to defeat various enemy...

SkyDrift Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

SkyDrift is a racing game with planes, and gameplay similar to Slipstream 5000. Players get to steer an aircraft through...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Sky Fighter is a vertically scrolling shooter without plot; the goal simply being to survive all levels and get a...

Skyfox II: The Cygnus Conflict DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Pilot a starfighter on a variety of missions, from locating lost artifacts to destroying the enemy, in this early 1st-person...

SkyGunner PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Aerospace technology has linked the world together; introducing speedy planes, high flying airships and massive flying fortresses. Because of air...

Skyhammer Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (2000)

In a futuristic city, you are a mercenary pilot flying a helicopter-like craft in cyberspace. Hired by the large corporation...

Arcade (1976)

One of Nintendo's last 16mm film-based games, Sky Hawk places the player on a ship at sea. The player must...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Steven Squealburgh is directing his next big action blockbuster and needs a stuntman to help him film four big action...

ColecoVision (2004), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1984)

Vertical shooter. When a weakened and vulnerable Earth is invaded by the vicious Zephyr army, the planet's only hope is...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are the pilot of a helicopter and your mission is to explore five levels to find parts to help...

Sky Kid NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986) and Arcade (1985)

You are the legendary Red Baron, flying a plane through a horizontal side-scrolling scenery set during World War I. To...

SkyNET DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

SkyNET is Bethesda's last game based on the Terminator franchise. Originally developed as an expansion pack to Terminator: Future Shock,...

DOS (1995)

Astro is a bizarre realm where all natural environment and living creatures are controlled by the super-powerful computer Lucifer. For...

Sky Runner DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

You are descending in the skimmer on the hostile planet to eliminate Harvester. But you may do this only in...

Sky Shark DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), FM Towns (1993), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1987)

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that...

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