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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Windows (2002)

In this sequel to Bird Hunter, the player assumes the role of a hunter, going around hunting for most forms...

Birds of Steel Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Birds of Steel is a combat flight simulator set during World War II. It contains over 100 licensed airplanes from...

NES (1990) and MSX (1989)

Combining the gameplay of an arcade shoot'em'up with watching pretty girls, Girl's Control puts you in a spaceship, battling hordes...

DOS (1982)

Like Phoenix or Demon Attack set in a bat-cave, Bit-Bat is a fixed-screen shooter where the player controls a gun...

Bit Crunch Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Bit Crunch is a retro-style exploration-focused twin-stick shooter reminiscent of the arcade classic Berzerk. Up to four players explore a...

Bit.Trip Fate Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2010)

In the sixth installment of the Bit. Trip-series, the player controls Commander Video in a 2D rail shooter. But Commander...

Bit.Trip Void Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2009)

Bit.Trip Void is part of the 6-game series of Bit.Trip games popularized on Nintendo's Wii Ware download service.Bit.Trip Void combines...

Black PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Sgt. J. Keller is a Black Op and he has just failed his operation - badly. He has been incarcerated...

Black Hawk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

You are piloting the Black Hawk plane through a series of island bases, each of which has hardware such as...

Windows (2002)

BlackHole is a mission based, space shoot 'em up.The story behind the game is that the Mafia want to discretely...

The Black Hole ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

A single-screen shooter, this game puts the player in control of a small spaceship at the left hand side of...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

You pilot the Black Hornet, an advanced stealth fighter that can nip in and out without any sound to destroy...

Blacklight: Retribution Windows Front Cover German cover version

Windows (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Blacklight: Retribution is the sequel to Blacklight: Tango Down. Like its predecessor, it is a first-person shooter focused solely on...

Blacklight: Tango Down Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Blacklight: Tango Down is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter. It is based around a struggle between two military groups: Blacklight...

Windows (2012)

Black Mesa is a fan-made remake of Half-Life utilizing the Source engine as a standalone game. All key areas and...

BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

It was supposed to be a routine mission three years ago. Enter a bunker deep inside Iraq-territory, retrieve a chemical...

ZX81 (1983)

After failure on your last mission and recovering in hospital growing a new arm and leg, you have had time...

Blackthorne DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2013), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994), SEGA 32X (1995), Macintosh (1996) and PC-98 (1996)

The planet Tuul was a peaceful place, until the evil warrior Sarlac used the power of the Darkstone to take...

Black Viper Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Black Viper takes inspiration from games such as Fire and Forget and Chase H.Q., replacing the fast car with an...

Arcade (1983)

Black Widow is an arcade game where you control the titular spider trying to protect its web. You move the...

Blade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Buffy, move out of the way. Activision brings the original vampire hunter with an attitude to the PlayStation. Based on...

Blade Eagle 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Blade Eagle 3-D is a vertical shoot-em-up which has no story involved. You just have to shoot your way on...

3DO (1995)

In the year 2110, in the city of Meggagrid, once known as Los Angeles, you meet Dr. Grubert, a very...

Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2013)

Aliens of Gold, the first game in the Blake Stone series, pits the space-age British secret agent against Dr. Pyrus...

Blake Stone: Planet Strike! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2013)

Blake Stone: Planet Strike! is the commercial sequel to Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold.An evolution rather than a revolution, Planet...

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