50 Best Shoot-em-up games

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The best 50 Shoot-em-up games daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Android, PS4 (Playstation 4), Xbox One, Switch, PC Windows, Mac OS, Linux and 3DS. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are One Gun: Cat released the 19 October 2018 and ranked #16, Black Bird released the 18 October 2018 and ranked #12, Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story released the 22 August 2018 and ranked #41.

1# CRUSH! - 2017

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Crush is an old-school-styled shoot´em up. The game leads you through 7 challenging levels filled with action and great soundtracks. A must for all old-school shoot´em up fans!

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2# Super Hydorah - 2018

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Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shoot’ em up designed to offer a challenging experience, sublimating the richness of traditional shmup classics. Face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Force, alone or with your friends in this game with direct action and nostalgic art.

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6# Void Invaders - 2015

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Jump back to the good old days of arcade machines with Void Invaders: a colourful, chaotic and explosive arcade shoot-em-up game inspired by classics such as Galaga and Space Invaders!

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7# Roche Fusion - 2015

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Roche Fusion is a retro, over the top space shooter. An all you can shoot buffet; fast paced and procedurally generated; with crazy waves of enemies, awesome upgrades and wicked boss-fights! Also: Explosions. Lots of explosions.

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8# Velocity 2X - 2014

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This critically acclaimed sequel to Velocity Ultra weaves together two classic game formats into one seamless adventure, featuring puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot ‘em-up gameplay!

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9# Bleed 2 - 2017

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A furiously fun and fast-paced arcade action game, Bleed 2 welcomes back pink-haired heroine Wryn, the worlds greatest and only remaining hero, as she fights to defend the globe from an invading force of villains. Master the art of air-dodging and bullet-reflecting to stylishly take down a relentless barrage of bad guys and bosses (and naughty kittys! Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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10# RefleX - 2014

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The second chapter in one of the most loved and respected Japanese shooting game series ever: The Tale of ALLTYNEX by Japanese indie developer SITER SKAIN. Carefully crafted play experiences, destructive fun, and absorbing gameplay have made the ALLTYNEX trilogy renowned in shooting game communities.

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11# Dimension Drive - 2017

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Instantly switch between them to dodge waves of bullets, reach secret areas, or surprise your enemies. Climb the global leaderboards in four different difficulty modes ranging from Normal for a balanced challenge to Insane for whoever can take the pain. - Space shoot'em up action switching between two battlefields on one split screen - Play solo or in local co-op - 13 levels of story campaign and 13 more in New Game+ mode - Online leaderboards and four difficulty modes offer the ultimate challenge - Advanced gameplay strategies including Drift and Reverse Drive to test your skill - Find secret data cubes to unlock and power-up new weapons like the Flak Shotgun or the Pulse Cannon - Created by two ex-space engineers

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12# Black Bird - 2018

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This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. Become the calamity, ‘Black Bird’, and destroy the kingdom.Experience the phantom opera in wonderland!

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13# Sine Mora EX - 2017

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Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

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14# RunGunJumpGun - 2016

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RunGunJumpGun is a tough as nails game that puts a gravity-defying weapon in your hands. One button lets you fly, the other blasts obstacles out of the way. With a cast of crazed characters, challenging gameplay, and a pulsing musical score, it delivers twitchy platforming goodness.

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15# Kick Ass Commandos - 2017

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Lock and Load! It's time to Kick Ass. Grab your machine-gun, flamethrower, rocket launcher and grenades. Assault the enemy base and free commandos to join your team while you destroy everything in sight. Make your way through enemy bunkers to rescue your comrades, and kill everyone else you encounter!

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16# One Gun: Cat - 2018

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Explore the dungeons, buy insane weapons, shoot monsters! Intuitive simple control, incredibly smooth and exciting gameplay and a lot of different tricks.

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19# CounterAttack - 2016

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CounterAttack is a side scrolling space shooter (shmup). Team up or fight solo, 1 - 2 player local or up to 4 players online coop, unlock upgrades, use powerful ultimate abilities, enhance your ship the way you want, and save the Earth from annihilation.

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20# Blue Rider - 2016

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In a valley flooded with bullets, your next challenge rises from a heap of scraps. This time there aren't blue hedgehogs or mega men to save you. Hop in and become the Blue Rider!

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21# Galagan's Island: Reprymian Rising - 2015

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Galagan's Island is an Arcade style Space Shooter paying loving homage to classic arcade style & difficulty. This Bullet Hell is sure to satisfy your Shmup Shortage! Featuring 25 LEVELS of handcrafted whimsical charm. Formations so pretty you almost don't want to destroy them.

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25# Graceful Explosion Machine - 2017

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"Skillfully pilot the advanced Graceful Explosion Machine (GEM) fighter while blasting swarms of crystalline enemies with your ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array! Lost in deep space, you'll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued alien worlds, fighting to find a way home."

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