The Best Side-scrolling Games for PC Windows

Update, : ecaaacaChoju Yokai Giga added at rank #27.
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Broforce (2015)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Linux Mac OS

When evil threatens the world, the world calls on Broforce - an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Brace your loins with up to four players to run ‘n’ gun as dozens of different bros and eliminate the opposing terrorist forces that threaten our way of life.


  • cooperative
  • side-scrolling
  • platform
  • shooter
  • action
  • america
  • pixel
  • aliens
  • boss
  • run-and-gun
  • tongue-in-cheek
  • gore
  • parody
  • boss-fight
  • multiplayer

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Streets of Rage 4 (2020)

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Nintendo Switch Android IOS iPhone stadia Linux Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street fighting, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.


  • brawler
  • boss
  • cooperative
  • beat-em-up
  • combo
  • retro
  • classic
  • side-scrolling
  • fight
  • old-school
  • arcade
  • online
  • hand-drawn
  • crime
  • combat

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Trek to Yomi (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch

As a vow to his dying Master, the young swordsman Hiroki is sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats. Faced with tragedy and bound to duty, the lone samurai must voyage beyond life and death to confront himself and decide his path forward.


  • side-scrolling
  • combat
  • fight
  • combo
  • boss
  • narrative
  • mythology
  • exploration
  • classic
  • kurosawa
  • puzzle
  • swordplay
  • action-adventure
  • supernatural
  • action

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Soda Crisis (2022)

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PC Windows

Soda Crisis is a fast-paced side-scrolling shooter game. You play a mysterious character of unknown origin, equipped with advanced high-tech gears and fierce combating skills - definitely the chosen one for this rescue mission!

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  • side-scrolling
  • scroller
  • shoot-em-up
  • platform
  • runner
  • shooter
  • gun
  • parkour
  • 3d
  • hard-hitting
  • training
  • colourful
  • combat
  • customization
  • action-adventure

5

Actraiser Renaissance (2021)

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Nintendo Switch Android IOS iPhone Playstation 4 PC Windows

Heaven, earth and mankind - Create and destroy everything according to your will! Experience the revival of the '90s classic hit "Actraiser"

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  • city-building
  • platform
  • remake
  • simulation
  • side-scrolling
  • action
  • boss
  • tower-defense
  • 2d
  • hack-and-slash
  • strategy
  • classic
  • real-time
  • tower
  • battle

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DRAINUS (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

This is a side-scrolling shooting game in which you take control of the "Drainus", the Kharlal Empire's most cutting-edge fighter with the ability to absorb energy bullets, and take down the enemy ships zipping through space.

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  • shooter
  • shoot-em-up
  • side-scrolling
  • pure-hearted
  • boss
  • horizontal
  • horizontally-scrolling
  • spaceship
  • bullet-hell
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • pause
  • shoot
  • sci-fi
  • action

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Mayhem Brawler (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Mayhem Brawler is an urban fantasy themed beat 'em up that brings back the 90s arcade vibe to the present day. With comic book style art and kick-ass soundtracks, it offers a unique experience that you can tackle solo or as co-op with friends while defining the next step in the story with your choices. The game is developed by Hero Concept studios.

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  • twitter
  • brawler
  • cooperative
  • boss
  • side-scrolling
  • supernatural
  • arcade
  • 2d
  • werewolves
  • combo
  • beat-em
  • beat-em-up
  • cornball
  • taller
  • online

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Shing! (2020)

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

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


  • cooperative
  • side-scrolling
  • demons
  • beat-em-up
  • ninja
  • rogue-like
  • local
  • combat
  • boss
  • four-player
  • hack-and-slash
  • arcade
  • boss-fight
  • combo
  • colourful

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Jets'n'Guns 2 (2020)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

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
  • side-scrolling
  • scrolling
  • 2d
  • shoot
  • scroller
  • bullet-hell
  • shooter
  • action
  • cyberpunk

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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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