User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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 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...

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...

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 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), 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...

Philips VG 5000 (1984)

Staroc is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up. Players control a spaceship that can move up and down and can fire lasers....

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,...

PC-88 (1983)

Star Struck is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up. The player controls a spaceship with the mission of eliminating "flying objects". The entire...

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

This 1991 release was intended to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 60's television series. The plot of this...

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Crossroads of Time SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Crossroads of Time" is a 2D action game based on the famous TV series....

Amiga (1992)

In Starush, a vertically scrolling shooter, the player has to save four worlds based on the four elements (three levels...

Star Wars Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1991), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This game is based closely on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It combines a number of gameplay styles,...

NES (1987)

Released only in Japan, this Famicom version of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope features a black-haired version of...

Atari ST (1990)

Star Wars is a horizontally scrolling shooter written in STOS.In each level the player has to combat enemy ships, asteroids...

Star Wars: Droids Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Star Wars: Droids is based on the Star Wars Saturday morning animated series that ran from 1985-1986. The series followed...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Ten years have passed since the Battle for Naboo, but nothing has changed. Turmoil continues to surround the Galactic Republic,...

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