Rail shooter

Game genre theme

A shooter sub-genre where the player is stuck on a relatively linear path with few or no branches, can't stray far from it and viewing angles are limited (usually none but what the virtual "rails" dictate).

116
games
38
platforms

Name variations: railshooter, on-rails shooter

The first video game about Rail shooter was released in 1982.

Sega, Domark and Parker Brothers has published most of these games

The player moves on a predetermined path only controlling the shooting part. Movement (which is usually completely automated) is usually so straighforward and limited that you can easily say the player is moving on rails, also where the name comes from. This is most common for games where you use a lightgun or similar device.

Parent group

Shooter

Platforms

Windows 15
Linux 12
Arcade 12
MS-DOS 9
Wii 7
X360 6
PS3 5
Saturn 4
3DO 3
Mac OS Classic 3
PS 3
Amiga 2
PS2 2
C64 2
Apple II E 2
Xbox One 2
SNES 2
NES 2
PS Vita 2
Atari 400/800 2
PS4 2
Electron 1
Atari 5200 1
GBA 1
Atari ST 1
Nintendo DS 1
Amstrad CPC 1
N64 1
Atari 2600 1
Xbox 1

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