The Best Scrolling Games

Update : Tulip added at rank #9.
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Rayaz Arcade Chronology (2023)

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PC Windows

Lock-on to an exhilarating sci-fi shooting fest with the trilogy which put Taito on the 90s arcade shooting map: The Ray Series, together in one collection for the first time!


  • shooter
  • two-layer
  • shoot-em-up
  • scrolling
  • arcade
  • sprite
  • sci-fi
  • vertical
  • 2.5d
  • arcade-classic
  • pixel
  • pixel-drawn
  • playstation
  • classic
  • boss

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Cotton 100 (2021)

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The world has fallen into darkness, and the fairy Silk sets out to look for help. She crosses paths with a young witch called Nata de Cotton, who seems rather uninterested in helping her. That is until Silk tells her that along the way, giant Willows, a candy that Cotton has a massive craving for, are waiting for her, so the two set out to find out what's causing the darkness... or look for Willows!

Cotton 100% was released in 1994 and is based on the original Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams. It offers a stunning and fresh new look with the more vibrant color palette of the Super Famicom.

Experience the beautiful and authentic Cute 'em Up action from the 90s in all its glory and charm!

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  • scrolling
  • shooter
  • boss
  • shoot
  • arcade
  • sprite
  • horizontal
  • pea
  • classic
  • retro
  • action
  • colourful
  • straight-up
  • rail

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Caverns of Mars: Recharged (2023)

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Race through caverns while blasting away enemies and terrain to reach the depths of Mars in this reimagining of the 1981 classic.

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  • rogue-like
  • mars
  • shooter
  • vertical-scrolling
  • scrolling
  • cooperative
  • arcade
  • attack
  • score
  • futuristic
  • space
  • action
  • colourful
  • aliens
  • sci-fi

4

Sky Force Reloaded (2018)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Sky Force Reloaded is a classic shoot ‘em up experience packed in gorgeous visuals and excellent gameplay. Enjoy flashy explosions, beautiful scenery and massive bosses in single player or local cooperative modes.


  • shooter
  • scrolling
  • top-down
  • bullet-hell
  • arcade
  • card
  • local
  • boss
  • cooperative
  • shoot-em-up
  • vertical
  • attack
  • score
  • classic

5

Castle of Shikigami 2 (2021)

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The second installment of the dramatic shooter that gained popularity in the arcades is now coming to Steam with +α elements!

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  • bullet-hell
  • scrolling
  • shooter
  • cooperative
  • local
  • anime
  • boss
  • two-player
  • colourmag-header-classic
  • shoot-em-up
  • multiplayer
  • arcade
  • rock-solid
  • single-player

6

Draconia (2022)

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early access Android Linux PC Windows dos commodore 64 atari st amiga

Create your dragon, customize it, level it. Explore the world of Draconia and unravel its story. Draconia is an MORPG where YOU play as the dragon!


  • dragon
  • scrolling
  • simulation
  • rpg

7

Asterix & Obelix: Slap them All! (2021)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows

Asterix & Obelix, return in a new adventure full of slaps! Play as Asterix and Obelix and cross the most iconic landscapes of the saga while facing a host of enemies, in a Beat Them Up filled with action ... and slaps!


  • hand-drawn
  • book
  • beat-em-up
  • horizontal
  • 2d
  • scrolling
  • local
  • brawler
  • comic
  • cooperative
  • fight
  • adventure
  • multiplayer

8

Cyber mission (2023)

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Side-scroller, with beautiful 2D pixel art, addictive shooter gameplay, classic levels and weapons that will let you perform a symphony of destruction of the alien base in the black eye galaxy.


  • scrolling
  • 2d
  • shooter
  • local
  • cooperative
  • aliens
  • military
  • shoot-em-up
  • scroller
  • pixel
  • old-school
  • retro
  • multiplayer

9

Tulip (2024)

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You are a very sad bunny. You cannot stop crying. You might have to drink something gross. You are Tulip. Wander through a storybook countryside, gather ingredients for a strange brew, and get to know your adorable animal neighbors in an odd quest to alleviate your incurable sadness.

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  • hand-drawn
  • cartoony
  • collectathon
  • cute
  • horizontal
  • simplistic
  • casual
  • scrolling
  • shooter
  • story
  • vertical-scrolling
  • three-player
  • emotional
  • 2d
  • puzzle

10

Alien Defense (2022)

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At night, Alien breaks into the base. Place the defenses tower and units properly and defeat all Aliens invading the base

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  • scrolling
  • wargame
  • pinball
  • 2.5d
  • tower-defense
  • aliens
  • best-selling
  • station
  • defender
  • horizontal
  • base-building
  • rpg
  • shooter
  • side-scrolling
  • defense

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