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).

395
games
81
platforms

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

Atari, Namco 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

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Platforms

Linux 65
Windows 39
Arcade 37
MS-DOS 19
C64 17
ZX Spectrum 13
Amiga 11
X360 10
PS3 8
BBC 8
Atari ST 7
Atari 2600 6
Mac OS X 6
Amstrad CPC 6
Apple II E 5
Aquarius 5
NES 5
Arcadia 2001 5
ZX Spectrum 128 5
Tandy Coco 5
Xbox One 4
Switch 4
Android 4
3DS 3
Wii 3
Wii U 3
Atari 5200 3
Atari 400/800 3
Intellivision 3
GB 3

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