The Best Vertical Games

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Update : To The Sky added at rank #16.
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Jusant (2023)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 PC Windows

Ascend the enigmatic tower of Jusant and uncover the echoes of a lost civilization. Immerse yourself in a serene world filled with lush biomes, master intuitive climbing mechanics, and let the haunting soundtrack elevate your adventure. Solve puzzles with your adorable companion, Ballast, and experience a story that intertwines resilience and mystery in every climb.


What we like:
  • Intuitive climbing gameplay
  • Rich, immersive environments
  • Engaging puzzles with helpful companion
  • Profound storytelling
  • Beautiful soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Occasional collision issues
  • Some story elements are cryptic

  • vertical
  • puzzle
  • platform
  • narrative
  • controller-support
  • exploration
  • story
  • meditative
  • atmospheric
  • rock-climbing
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • rhythm
  • mystery
  • cute

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NETFLIX Poinpy (2022)

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IOS iPhone Android

Bounce up, dodge adorable baddies and feed the blue beast that's hot on your heels. • Climb & collect: Evade creatures lurking in randomly generated areas. Collect special abilities like the octobub, which sucks in fruit, and the handy snail clock, which stops time while you ready your next jump.

Buy

  • vertical
  • endless
  • puzzle
  • battlefield
  • dinosaur
  • platform
  • colourful
  • hex
  • sci-fi
  • light-hearted
  • challenging
  • politics
  • cute
  • basketball
  • baseball

3

Sophstar (2022)

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

A vertical arcade shoot'em up with an inventive teleport system, lots of fast-blazing action and explosions, tons of boss fights, a risk/reward based score sytem and a proper challenge for both veteran and new players of the genre.

Buy

  • vertical
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • shoot-em-up
  • top-down
  • arcade
  • collectathon
  • retro
  • boss
  • vertical-scrolling
  • multiple-endings
  • attack
  • score
  • aliens
  • space

4

Automatoys (2022)

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Android IOS iPhone

Insert coin. Dispense ball. Tap, turn, tilt and spin the contraptions to help each ball hop and roll its way to victory. Each Automatoy is a unique, mechanical obstacle course.

Buy

  • pinball
  • free-to-start
  • vertical
  • replay-value
  • casual
  • puzzle
  • table
  • tabletop
  • maze
  • drama
  • action-adventure
  • colourful
  • interactive
  • endless
  • physics

5

Z-Warp (2022)

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

Z-Warp is an intense vertical shoot’em up presented in retro pixel art style, featuring frenetic arcade-inspired action where blasters, bombs and KILLER specials are your only allies.


  • retro
  • bullet-hell
  • vertical
  • boss
  • pixel
  • shoot-em-up
  • old-school
  • arcade
  • shooter
  • action
  • replay-value
  • chiptune
  • difficulty
  • vertically
  • 2d

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Wall Kickers (2018)

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Android IOS iPhone

Deftly dodging, swiftly scaling,. But don’t mistime cos if you drop,.

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  • endless
  • frogger
  • bite-sized
  • mech
  • vertical
  • resource
  • touch
  • platform
  • arcade
  • waves
  • real-time
  • entertainment
  • buildings
  • experimental
  • ninja

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RedRaptor (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Blast off for a retro arcade experience in RedRaptor, a vertical shoot’em up inspired by genre classics of the ’90s!


  • vertical
  • retro
  • shoot-em-up
  • top-down
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • arcade
  • shoot
  • scrolling
  • 1990s
  • old-school
  • rhythm
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • action

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SHINORUBI (2022)

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Inspired by classic Japanese shooting games, SHINORUBI is a pure dose of adrenaline and frenetic arcade action with all the best aspects of Japanese bullet hell games, optimized for modern PC in ultra HD, all in a polished, accessible with many levels of difficulties.

Buy

  • top-down
  • military
  • futuristic
  • on-rails
  • shooter
  • faith
  • space
  • flight
  • bullet-hell
  • vertical
  • arcade
  • aliens
  • attack
  • score
  • 2d

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Taito Milestones 2 (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4

10 entertaining classics from Taito’s history featuring various genres and themes. Also included: Solitary Fighter, The Legend of Kage, Liquid Kids and Dinorex.

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  • shooter
  • arcade
  • retro
  • platform
  • vertical
  • fight
  • multi-directional
  • various
  • ninja
  • compilation
  • boss
  • side-scrolling
  • classic
  • dinosaurs
  • cute

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Quarto (2018)

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PC Windows

Each piece has 4 different characteristics that make them unique (color, shape, size, hollow or solid). An amazing replayability: change the rules and winning formula, for always unique games,.


  • board
  • chess
  • horizontal
  • abstract
  • vertical
  • strategy

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