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These games use a traditional “platforming” viewpoint where the action is seen from the side. This perspective can be used for 2D as well as 3D games, both scrolling and static.
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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...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Starburst is a game similar to Missile Command but adapted to the limitations of the system. In the game the...

Apple II (1981)

Star Clones is a series of four 1 - 4 player Star Wars-themed mini-games for the Apple II. All games...

DOS (1997)

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

StarCrossed Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2020) and Macintosh (2020)

Star Cruiser Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Star Cruiser is one of the earliest Space Invaders/Galaxian variant to appear on the Apple II. Large Space Egg-like shapes...

Stardash Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018), Macintosh (2018), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Star Defender Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

Just as the name implies, Star Defender is a clone of Williams' original Defender. Using the joystick or mouse, you...

Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax Linux Front Cover 2nd version
Stardust Vanguards Linux Front Cover

Browser (2010)

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

Star Fetched Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2019), iPhone (2019), iPad (2019) and tvOS (2019)

Star Fetchers: Pilot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2020)

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 Firebirds ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Star Firebirds are a dangerous alien race which must be wiped out before they can attack your people. This...

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 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), Apple II (1984), Palm OS (2002), Browser (2000), Arcade (1981) and Dedicated handheld (1982)

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

Star Ghost Wii U Front Cover
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...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Players take the role of a stargunner for the Yarthae Empire. The Empire is being invaded by the Sphyzygi. The...

Stargunner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1996), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Stargunner is a 2D (with pre-rendered 3D graphics) side-scrolling shoot'em up game, with many elements similar to Raptor: Call of...

Game Boy (1993)

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

Star Lifter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Star Lifter is a horizontal space shooter, set in 2150. The player is a long range penetration unit, on a...

Starlit Adventures iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2015), Android (2015), iPad (2015) and PlayStation 4 (2018)

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