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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DOS (1992)

StarMines II: Planet Of The Mines is a single player space shooter.A huge cloud of dangerous objects was discovered in...

Star Monkey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Star Monkey is a shareware space shooter game that follows the legacy of such classics as Raiden, Aero Fighters, etc....

Star Parodier Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2008)

Star Parodier is a "cute-'em-up" top-down shooter that lampoons the Star Soldier games by replacing most sci-fi elements with humorous...

Starquest TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

Exploring a radioactive planet in the Betelgeuse sector, long desolate after the self-destruction of a legendary warlike race, you come...

Star Raiders Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1986), Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1979)

As the pilot of an interstellar starship, your mission is to destroy all enemy spacecraft on the galactic chart and...

Star Raiders II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Zylons have returned to attack the Celos IV star system. In this 3D shoot-'em-up, the player takes control of...

Star Ranger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Star Ranger is a comparatively slow-paced side-scrolling Shoot'em Up. The player's ship can shoot in two directions, but the shooting...

Star Rangers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The premise behind this game is that of a western, but set in the future, and in space. There is...

Star Reach DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Star Reach is set in space in the 23rd century. After an unsuccessful peace attempt between the seven alien nations...

Linux (2011) and Windows (2011)

Starry is a rail shooter with wireframe style graphics and 8 bit music. It focuses on scoring through looping levels...

Star Sabre Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (2008)

Humans have colonized hundreds of planetary systems but have only found the ruins of other extraterrestrial civilizations. All we can...

Starscape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Plot: A space research station (The Aegis) tests a new drive system: 'the dimension drive'. Something goes wrong, and the...

Atari 2600 (1977)

Star Ship contains three different arcade action games which can be played by one or two players.Star ShipThese game variations...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The whole Galaxy is controlled by a Federation run by a tyrant called Alana who has the only access to...

Windows (2004)

Starship Conquer is an arcade shooter set in space. The story is reminiscent of the classic game premises: Killing the...

Starship Hector NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

A top-down/side-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you take control of a small starfighter as you make your way through an...

Starship Troopers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Do your part in war against the bugs as Elite Marauder in mobile infantry. You are given weapons like a...

Starship Troopers: Battlespace Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Starship Troopers: Battlespace was a massively multiplayer space shooter playable on the GameStorm network. Players could fight in campaigns or...

Starship Troopers (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Special Edition includes the Starship Troopers PC Game plus an exclusive art book, and a bonus disc with interviews,...

Starsiege: Tribes Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Starsiege: Tribes is a first-person shooter set in the Metaltech universe which pits different warring tribes against each other. This...

Starsky & Hutch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Starsky & Hutch is an arcade racing game based on the popular TV series from the 70s, released to tie...

Star Soldier Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), MSX (1987), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Starbrain, a giant super computer programmed for destruction, is threatening the Galactic Empire. As a skillful and experienced star soldier,...

Star Soldier PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Star Soldier is a budget remake of the classic top-down shooter which puts you behind the cockpit of a lone...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Star Soldier is a run 'n gun game where you play a bounty hunter doing jobs for various planets for...

Star Soldier R Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Star Soldier R is a top-down shooter for the Wii. The game is unique as there are only 2 levels,...

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