50 Best Shoot-em-up games for Linux

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The best 50 Shoot-em-up games for Linux daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Linux. 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 tanxy released the 11 January 2021 and ranked #35, Lone Wolf: World War 2 released the 11 January 2021 and ranked #32, Pier Pressure released the 13 November 2020 and ranked #26.

1# 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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2# 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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3# 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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4# Space Robinson - 2019

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You think you are a die-hard? Here you will die quick! A proper hardcore RPG-action where you will die a million times across a myriad of procedurally-generated levels. Extremely difficult, but highly addictive Indie Gem in your Steam game collection!

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5# 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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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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8# Zamarian - 2016

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Zamarian is a fast-paced shoot 'em up classic arcade action game brought to you in an exciting, colorful, and challenging new way!

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9# 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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10# Zombo Buster Rising - 2016

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Shoot zombies from terrace like a boss! Zombo Buster Rising Remastered brings you a nostalgic experience of classic 2D side shooting-defense in enhanced build right from your Steam library!

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12# Space Elite Force II - 2020

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Space Elite Force II is a space-shooting game for up to 2 players in local cooperative mode. With a wide variety of weapons, enemies and improvements to your ship, it presents all the intensity, depth and beautiful handcrafted pixels of a classic space-shooting game.

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13# BE-A Walker - 2020

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Take control of a huge mech on an alien planet! Shoot and trample the natives, avenge your brother, or forgive his killers? Join the rebels to restore peace on the exotic planet of Eldorado.

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15# Iro Hero - 2018

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Iro Hero is a vertical shoot em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Encounter 10 different types of enemies with over a hundred different behaviors, and defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcade games. Unlock special skills throughout the game to help you land a final blow or escape from desperate situations.

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16# Cycle 28 - 2018

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A momentum-based space shooter with screen-shaking explosions and a mystery at its heart. First you think it's an arcade game: simple controls, powerful upgrades, and intense dogfights. But you’re stuck living the same day over and over, trying to find out who the enemy are, and what they want.

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17# Savant - Ascent - 2013

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A malicious orb has cast Savant out of his tower and transformed his surroundings into dangerous enemies!Dodge and shoot your way back up the tower, and blast down waves of enemies as you make your way towards the top! As you progress, you unlock CDs that not only give you new tracks to play to, but also grant you powerful new abilities!

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18# Bite the Bullet - 2020

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Satisfy your appetite for destruction in this roguelite RPG shooter where you must eat to powerup your character, weapons, and abilities. Consume strange species to add new entries to DarwinCorp’s mysterious Compendium. Catalyze crafting fermentations in your belly by eating enemies!

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19# Sky Racket - 2019

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The universe is in peril! Two kids are chosen to hold the powerful artifact "Sky Racket" and put a stop to an evil tyrant. Play as Racket Boy or Racket Girl, and with the help of cute and strong buddies, save this nonsense dystopian pixel art universe.

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20# Risk System - 2019

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In the distant future, humanity has discovered a method to replicate matter through the use of a Dimensional Gate. Industry is revolutionized overnight and a short period of chaos gives way to all warring factions uniting under a common banner.A few years pass and the peace brought about by Gate Technology crumbles once a new threat appears; a race of energy parasites that have crossed through the Dimensional Gate by mimicking the very materials humanity had believed they were replicating. Mankind is quickly overtaken as their technology is turned against them and the energy emitted by the parasites begins to take control of those exposed.In an act of desperation, the experimental RSK9 is constructed, a ship made of Pre-Gate materials and technology with the ability to absorb parasite energy and use it to power its incredible arsenal. Piloting the RSK9 is Alys, an ace pilot previously missing in action that has returned seemingly immune to parasite control. Her skill and resistance to the parasite energies influence make her the only pilot capable of preventing the extinction of mankind.NOTE FOR LINUX USERS - Due to game engine limitations we are only able to guarantee compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS 64bit or newer. It is likely it will function on many other Linux distributions but it is impossible currently to be 100% sure. We very much want to support the Linux community and are happy to entertain suggestions on how we may improve compatibility in the future.GAME PLAY:-Increase your B-Meter & firepower quickly by flying as close to enemy fire as possible and absorbing their energy. The closer you fly, the more energy you net!-Fire your weapon while flying close to enemy fire and absorbing to perform powerful "Risk Shots". Enemies destroyed by these powered up shots will turn into energy to power your shield. The best defense is a risky offense!-Fly like an ace pilot and utilize Barrel Rolls to quickly cover vertical space & modify your attack!-Unleash the Barrier Breaker once the B-Meter is full to inflict huge damage on everything in sight!-Playing for points is fun again as higher scores are awarded for explosive bursts of destruction and taking risks! Destroy multiple enemies at once and utilize "Risk Shots" to string together combos and increase your score multiplier!-Experience different facets and paths to the story based on your performance and actions taken during missions!

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22# Desert Child - 2018

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In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.

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23# Space Elite Force - 2018

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In Space Elite Force you pilot one of the spaceships of the Space Elite of the Earth, where the objective is to fight and to exterminate the terrible race Klyvu, that travels by the universe dominating planets and enslaving its population. Are you able to be a Space Elite Force pilot?

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25# Rym 9000 - 2018

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Rym 9000 is a hyperkinetic, unique, high-octane experience conceived to stimulate your senses and make your eyes and ears bleed! Features: - High octane shoot em up action - Insane visual effects, not for the faint of heart - Killer soundtrack by Roex - World lore entries unlocked by completing challenging in-game achievements - TATE mode - Unlockable wallpapers - Reduced effects mode - Online leaderboards 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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