The Best Side-scrolling Games - Page 2

Update : Reef Escape added at rank #28.
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LASERPITIUM (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Free the galaxy by destroying the EVA program and its artificial planet HELOS. In this 2D shoot'em up, take control of one of the three ships of your choice and go to the different planets to eliminate each threat. 1 or 2 Player coop.


  • hand-drawn
  • multi-directional
  • 2d
  • side-scrolling
  • boss
  • shoot-em-up
  • military
  • cooperative
  • action
  • sci-fi
  • scroller
  • shooter
  • arcade
  • management
  • horizontally-scrolling

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Jets'n'Guns 2 (2020)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Jets'n'Guns 2 is a side-scrolling space shooter with insane levels of action and destruction. Travel the galaxies and unleash an arsenal of the deadliest weapons and devices to save the universe from its inevitable doom.


  • shoot-em-up
  • shoot
  • side-scrolling
  • shooter
  • unique-playing
  • scrolling
  • vertical
  • action
  • stage
  • 2d
  • colourful
  • scroller
  • bullet-hell
  • retro
  • local

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9 Monkeys of Shaolin (2020)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Linux PC Windows

9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a beat-em-up game with deep combat mechanics and varied level designs. The story follows Daokong, a man who joins a Shaolin order to seek revenge on the Japanese pirates that attacked his village. With generous parries, special attacks, seal moves and skill points to customize your abilities, you will feel like an unstoppable warrior!


What we like:
  • Deep combat mechanics
  • Varied level design
  • Generous parries and special attacks
  • Plenty of voice acting options
What could be improved:
  • Relatively short runtime
  • By-the-numbers plot

  • cooperative
  • beat-em-up
  • martial
  • fight
  • pirates
  • side-scrolling
  • local
  • brawler
  • online
  • ninja
  • arts
  • combat
  • old-school
  • hack-and-slash
  • action

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Clockwork Aquario (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X

The long thought lost arcade treasure by the legendary Westone team is finally being brought to light after 30 years. In cooperation with Strictly Limited games, the unfinished ROM has been dug up and finished with the input of the original developers. Jump and run through a colorful fantasy world, pick up and throw your enemies, hit multiple at the same time to get a multiplier and rack up your high score.

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  • platform
  • arcade
  • side-scrolling
  • boss
  • retro
  • cooperative
  • classic
  • sprite
  • boss-fight
  • old-school
  • pixel
  • two-player

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Gourmet Warriors QUByte Classics (2023)

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Gourmet Warriors is a surrealistic side-scrolling beat'em-up originally released in 1995. The year is 20XX, World War III has occurred and decimated the planet. It is imperative to ingest proteins in whatever food you can find on your journey.

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  • side-scrolling
  • multi-directional
  • rpg
  • shooter
  • privacy-policy
  • fight
  • beat-em-up
  • dinosaurs
  • scrolling
  • ninja
  • romance
  • arcade

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Robin (2018)

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Xbox 360 Xbox One PC Windows

Robin is a short slice of life game that was made to give some visibility to an invisible illness - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


  • side-scrolling
  • platform
  • fight
  • film
  • electronica
  • animation
  • simulation
  • casual
  • action
  • amusement
  • 1980s
  • supernatural
  • surreal

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Funtasia (2023)

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Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One Android

Funtasia, a colorful paradise being polluted by airborne garbage. Only a handful of heroes and their goofy wheel machinations can help fend off the trash. Push pedal to metal, drive fast, and survive the Furry Road in this physics-based, side-scrolling racing game for single and co-op shenanigans!


  • 2d
  • racing
  • local
  • side-scrolling
  • cooperative
  • scroller
  • hand-drawn
  • pvp
  • cartoony
  • multiplayer
  • colourful
  • platform
  • physics
  • funny
  • fantasy

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Shing! (2020)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS

Experience the most exciting and immersive beat-em-up combat system ever – become a kickass ninja and slice some demons in style!


  • beat-em-up
  • demons
  • cooperative
  • ninja
  • fight
  • rogue-like
  • swordplay
  • hack-and-slash
  • 2.5d
  • spectacle
  • scroller
  • character
  • side-scrolling
  • colourful
  • arcade

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Natsuki Chronicles (2019)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox One

New dramatic horizontal shoot ’em up that takes place in the same setting as Ginga Force. An immersive story that follows protagonist Natsuki. Discover the story of her past as a rookie pilot up to present day with events that are parallel to those in Ginga Force.

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  • shooter
  • shoot
  • horizontal
  • arcade
  • side-scrolling
  • shoot-em-up
  • boss
  • story
  • vertical
  • shoot-ups
  • steadily-paced
  • bullet-hell-type
  • hard-as-heck
  • smoke
  • action

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Timberman The Big Adventure (2023)

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Playstation 4 l Xbox Series X Android IOS iPhone Xbox One PC Windows

Enter the Timberman universe! Enjoy the retro vibe of a 2D platformer with a classic 16-bit pixel art aesthetic.


  • 2d
  • platform
  • cooperative
  • pixel
  • 2-player
  • side-scrolling
  • local
  • action-adventure
  • cartoony
  • family-friendly
  • adventure
  • linear
  • colourful
  • boss
  • arcade

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