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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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ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Starbike is sent out into space to rescue lost yellow aliens on a succession of levels. These must be...

Amiga (1998)

A horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up from the last days of the basic 68000-powered Amiga. The levels are taller than the...

Star Blaster Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Star Blaster is an early scrolling shoot-'em-up in which the player attempts to beat back an alien invasion force, dead-set...

Star Blaze Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

HQ relies on mercenaries to do space fighting. It seems that the Theta sector has become overrun with Glaarck spaceships....

Star Blazer Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and MSX (1983)

Star Blazer is a side-scrolling shooter similar in style to Konami's Super Cobra. You are a fighter pilot on several...

Starbound Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Starbound is a 2D sandbox game where the player takes the role of a character from one of the six...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

This futuristic shooter combines two distinct styles of gameplay into a multi-level romp through space. The colony planets of New...

DOS (1997)

Starcom is a single-player, shareware, scrolling shooter with both vertical and horizontal scrolling elements.The story behind the game is that,...

Browser (2010)

Starfeld is a parody of space opera RPGs such as the Mass Effect series, especially their formulaic approach of conversations,...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Star Fighter is a rather generic side-scrolling shoot'em'up with certain Scramble influences. Your plane travels across an undulating landscape where...

Star Fox Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Star Fox is a horizontally scrolling action game. You control a starship on a foreign planet with the mission of...

Stargate SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1995)

Based on the movie of the same name, a mystical circular portal called a "Stargate" has been uncovered. In attempting...

Stargate PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 2600 (1984), Apple II (1983), Palm OS (2002) and Arcade (1981)

Save the humanoids from the impending aliens in the sequel to Defender. The task is still rescuing humanoids before Landers...

Star Guard Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Star Guard is a 2D platformer brought back to the basic elements of the genre: jumping and shooting, with a...

Stargunner DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Another side scrolling aircraft fighting game. You fight through a colorful landscape to do what is always done in these...

Game Boy (1993)

The story of StarHawk is about an evil alien race which wants to conquer everything. The player controls a space...

DOS (1983)

In this side-scrolling shoot-'em-up the player assumes control of a speedy fighter ship, flying low over hostile territory. The region...

DOS (1992)

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

Star Paws Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The Tasty Space Griffin, a rare, bird-like creature, is considered a delicacy and has acquired great value. On the moon...

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...

Starry Night Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Softening the edges of the vertical-scrolling space shooter genre, instead of evoking a Vincent Van Gogh painting Ferry Halim has...

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...

Starseed Pilgrim Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Startseed Pilgrim is a puzzle platformer where the player control a gardener in a world with an 8-bit visual design....

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...

Star Sky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Star Sky is a meditative game about a man walking in the countryside at night. He can only move right,...

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