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).


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

Atari, 10tons Entertainment and Microsoft 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


Linux 62
Windows 38
Arcade 19
C64 17
ZX Spectrum 13
X360 10
Amiga 10
PS3 7
Mac OS X 6
Atari ST 6
Atari 2600 5
Amstrad CPC 5
Tandy Coco 5
Android 4
Switch 4
PS 3
3DS 3
Atari 400/800 3
Apple II E 3
Mac OS Classic 3
Atari 5200 3
Xbox One 3
Intellivision 3
Commodore PET 2
ZX Spectrum 128 2
Atari 7800 2
Wii 2
Wii U 2

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