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Side-Scrolling

Description

Used to describe any game where the main setting of gameplay involves the player character moving from one side of the playfield to the other horizontally for a length of time. The screen may scroll to the opposite direction continuously, or just when the player character reaches the edge of the screen, enlarging the area or opening a new one. Side-scrolling perspective is often entirely two-dimensional; however, some side-scrolling games (particularly beat-'em-ups) may allow limited movement into the depth of the screen. Side-scrolling perspective is common for most 2D platformers, as well as many 2D shooters and action games in general.
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Commodore 64 (1991)

San Francisco 2016. A series of earthquakes has damaged several nuclear power plants, and the subsequent nuclear contamination has forced...

Antz Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Antz is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. You take the role of Z, and...

Antz World Sportz Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the computer animated movie Antz produced by DreamWorks, this game represents the Olympic-style light athletic challenge between four...

Windows (2012)

Anyman is a newly developed robot who must fight against the robot minions of Dr. Alien in six rounds of...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Aoi Blink is a side-scrolling platformer based on the TV anime series of the same name. The five levels are...

DOS (1993)

Apachacha is a side-scrolling action game with light platforming elements, starring a Native American warrior who must save the land...

Apache Overkill PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), Browser (2009), iPhone (2011) and Android (2013)

Apache Overkill is a side-scrolling pixel/retro style shooter that originated as a Flash game on the web and was upgraded...

Apidya Amiga Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Amiga (1992)

A side-on scrolling shoot-em-up with a twist: You play as a wasp (actually a man turned into a wasp) seeking...

Amiga (1994)

In its simplest essence, Apocalypse a helicopter-based shoot 'em up inspired by Choplifter!. You must enter the jungle fortress of...

J2ME (2004)

Apocalypse 3000 is a side-scrolling platform game set in the year 3081. Planet X-14 in the Uricane solar has been...

Apogee's Greatest Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 15 games, all shareware versions, by Apogee: Bio Menace Commander Keen: Goodbye, Galaxy! Commander Keen 1: Marooned...

NES (1987)

A heavily modified port of Little Computer People, Apple Town Monogatari is an early life simulator. It stars a randomly...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

If you can defeat the dragon Fumo, your status as a magician will be ensured. Many have tried to rid...

The Apprentice CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

Far from the "multimedia" titles that formed the stock of the CDi's software library, The Apprentice is a plain old...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In the year 2069, the British ship "Elias Rits" sailed to Kermadec Island on a private investigation mission. Shortly thereafter,...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Aquanaut, the protagonist has to find and kill the leader of an alien race which wants to destroy Earth....

Aquaplane Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Aquaplane is a side-scrolling action game loosely based around water skiing. You control a motor boat, which must be steered...

Aquaria Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2007), Macintosh (2008) and iPad (2011)

Naija lives in a city on a rock floating high in the sky. She dreams of the ocean, painting pictures...

Aquarius ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Your enemy has built destructive machines in underwater caverns. As you are skilled in underwater combat, it is your job...

ColecoVision (1984) and MSX (1984)

Agent Captain Blitztek has to find a way through enemy territory to prevent the Axtoatles from taking control of the...

Arcade (1992)

Princess Lurana has been abducted by the evil Sheikh Sazabiss to offer her as a sacrifice as part of plans...

Arabian Nights Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

In Arabian Nights, you play Sinbad Jr., a gardener at the royal palace who loves to sneak a peek at...

Arachnophobia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

This simple action game is based on the Hollywood movie Arachnophobia.South American spiders have overrun a large area in some...

Arcade Blockbusters!  DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This compilation includes: Ghosts 'N Goblins Pocket Rockets Sarge

Game Boy (1995)

A compilation and port of: Joust Defender The games can also be played on the Super Game Boy Peripheral and...

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