The Best Twin-stick Games

Update : Bulletz added at rank #47.
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I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1 (2021)

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A top down twin stick zombie slaying shooter that you are sure to play again and again!

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  • shooter
  • top-down
  • loot
  • twin-stick
  • zombies
  • shoot-em-up
  • music
  • multi-directional
  • procedural
  • post-apocalyptic
  • surreal
  • arena
  • abstract
  • destruction
  • dystopian

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Cyberhunt (2017)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone

Cyberhunt is a retro procedurally generated twin stick shooter, that takes you back to the sweet to the sweet arcade machines era!

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  • twin-stick
  • sandbox
  • tactical
  • shoot-em-up
  • next-generation
  • fast-paced
  • shooter
  • parkour
  • top-down
  • retro
  • casual
  • farming
  • skill
  • arcade

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Breakpoint (2020)

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Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Breakpoint is an arcade-style space shooter with neon explosions, unique enemies, and a variety of melee weapons that you can use to dispatch your adversaries. You can level up your weapons and build up a "breakpoint" meter to unleash powerful attacks that clear the screen efficiently. Compete in high score challenges and aim to best your own personal record.


What we like:
  • Unique spin on classic arcade trope
  • Variety of melee weapons with unique light/heavy attacks
  • Fast restarts and pick-up-and-play addictiveness
  • Catchy electronica dance track intensifies with each passing enemy
  • High score leaderboards both local and global
What could be improved:
  • Single game mode - no set level mode
  • More game modes would be nice

  • top-down
  • twin-stick
  • shooter
  • space
  • attack
  • score
  • shoot-em-up
  • hack-and-slash
  • fast-paced
  • arcade
  • futuristic
  • colourful
  • retro
  • sci-fi
  • 2d

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Insect Swarm (2022)

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early access PC Windows

The insect swarm is a swarm consists of millions of alien insects, and you, as the only survival on this barren planet, will have to fight against them dauntlessly. Good luck!

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  • shooter
  • loot
  • mech
  • 2.5d
  • twin-stick
  • isometric
  • hack-and-slash
  • top-down
  • relaxing
  • flight
  • rogue-like
  • action-adventure
  • sci-fi
  • survival
  • exploration

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Chippy (2019)

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IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Your purpose is to eliminate all pixel-based lifeforms by breaking off their limbs and destroying their cores. Compete to be fastest on the leaderboards, watch replays from other players to learn their tricks, or team up with a friend in local co-op.


  • shooter
  • top-down
  • bullet-hell
  • moddable
  • twin-stick
  • shoot-em-up
  • attack
  • score
  • destruction
  • abstract
  • arena
  • time-management
  • space
  • pixel
  • colourful

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch

The beloved and critically acclaimed Ghostbusters video game is back! Strap on your proton pack once again and join the Ghostbusters on the adventure with the voice and likeness of the original crew as you battle to save New York!


  • cooperative
  • shooter
  • tps
  • twin-stick
  • supernatural
  • battle
  • top-down
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • action-adventure
  • classic
  • third-person
  • action
  • squad
  • gun

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Revita (2021)

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

Revita is a roguelite twin-stick shooter platformer game in which the player takes control of an unknown boy with a special gun. You must traverse floors within the Clocktower to reach the top and discover answers about your forgotten past. Along the way you must battle monsters and bosses, unlock secrets, gain upgrades, and collect souls to restore health.


What we like:
  • Atmospheric soundtrack
  • Distinct health currency mechanic
  • Accessibility options for different skill levels
  • Variety of weapons
  • Sub-weapons and relics to upgrade with
  • 350+ relics to discover
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive room designs
  • Risk/reward system based on offering hearts can lead to disappointing returns
  • Story told through cryptic means may be difficult for some players to understand

  • rogue-like
  • twin-stick
  • shooter

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Tesla vs Lovecraft (2018)

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

Tesla vs Lovecraft is a classic twin-stick shooter with an intriguingly zany premise that pits horror against science. Play as the celebrated inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla and battle hordes of undead monsters using a suite of perks and abilities like jetpack teleportation, increased health and a mech suit.


What we like:
  • Responsive and tight gameplay
  • Constant sense of empowerment
  • Varied areas perfect for short-burst play
  • Three difficulties to choose from
  • Emphasis on constant movement
What could be improved:
  • Enemies come at you from all angles
  • Story doesn't take itself too seriously

  • twin-stick
  • shooter
  • top-down
  • mech

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Hatred (2015)

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Hatred is a twin-stick shooter set in a chaotic world where you take control of an unnamed character who hates the world and decides to take down as many people as possible before he dies. The game features a destructible environment, responsive shooting controls and an interesting visual style.


What we like:
  • Responsive shooting controls
  • Destructible environment
  • Interesting visual style
  • Level-based missions
What could be improved:
  • Lack of meaningful statements about its violence
  • Few unique levels

  • twin-stick
  • shooter
  • violent
  • isometric
  • political
  • gore
  • horror

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Nex Machina (2017)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows

Nex Machina is an exhilarating twin-stick masterpiece by Housemarque Games. You battle killer robots to save humanity with the left analogue stick to move and the right to shoot in any direction. Rescue humans for bonus points as you navigate deadly, chaotic mini-environments.


What we like:
  • Fast-paced action
  • Thrilling boss battles
  • Intense soundtrack
  • Bonus points for rescuing humans
  • Emergent orientation challenges
  • Empowering pick-ups and weapons
What could be improved:
  • Limited hope of salvation
  • Violent themes may not be suitable for all players

  • twin-stick
  • shooter
  • arcade
  • cooperative

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