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Arena shooter

Game genre theme

Sub-genre of multi-directional shooters, defined largely by multi-directional shooter sensibilities but constrained to a small-ish "arena" (usually small enough to fit on screen at all times).

355
games
78
platforms

The first video game about Arena shooter was released in 1976.

Atari, Microsoft and 10tons Entertainment has published most of these games

See also: Arena FPS/TPS (a similar concept but in FPS/TPS format with some other minor variations)

Even arena shooters that aren't constrained to the size of a screen, players still move across their whole breadth several times in very small period of time (and within single game).

The oldest clear examples of the genre are Asteroids and Robotron 2048.

Unlike other multi-directional shooters, these usually have the enemies appearing out of nowhere and in waves.

Parent group

Multi-directional shooter

Child group

Robotron Like

Platforms

Linux 64
Windows 39
Arcade 27
MS-DOS 18
C64 17
ZX Spectrum 13
Amiga 10
X360 10
PS3 8
Atari ST 7
Atari 2600 6
Mac OS X 6
Arcadia 2001 5
Amstrad CPC 5
Tandy Coco 5
Apple II E 4
BBC 4
Switch 4
Android 4
Wii 3
Wii U 3
Atari 400/800 3
Atari 5200 3
Intellivision 3
Mac OS Classic 3
Xbox One 3
PS 3
3DS 3
Atari 7800 2
C128 2

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