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Matinee Fisticuffs and Shootouts on Nintendo Switch

Sometimes you just want to play the hero. These games are violent and include shooting but, as with B-movies and 1980s TV series, it’s as much about the quips, characters and fantasy settings as it is about killing. The drama may be peppered with cinematic gunfire but, like those TV series, the real draw is spending time with the heroes every week.

This list includes 48 games from the last 25 years, with 364 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to take on baddies with fists and guns.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 364
 

 

Loop Hero

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: F Qteam (@_FQteam)

Players: This is a single player game

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard...

Overboard

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 13-15 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Rainbow Billy

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform, Rhythm and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: We Are Mana Void (@WeAreManaVoid)

Players: This is a single player game

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Ark: Survival Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Survivetheark (@Survivetheark)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...

Savior

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Starsoft PDX (@StarsoftPDX)

Players: This is a single player game

Savior is an action adventure game with hand-animated pixelated graphics. You play as Sam, a mysterious woman with hidden powers and innate acrobatic skills who has lost her memory and all possessions. Use diplomacy, parkour, and intricate combat to...

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020

Price: 24% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Koei Tecmo US (@KoeiTecmoUS)

Players: This is a single player game

The Hyrule Warriors series of games are hack and slash action games, set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focussed primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, merges the...

Little Nightmares II (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 10/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Tarsier Studios (@TarsierStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Nightmares II is a running and jumping game wrapped in a horror theme. You play a little boy named Mono who explores a dark and disturbing world. On your journey, you meet a little girl called Six and together you try to survive and uncover the...

Alien: Isolation

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 06/10/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Stealth

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Feral Games (@FeralGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1 player online

Alien: Isolation is an adventure horror game set in space, remastered in 2019 from the 2014 game due to its popularity. You play Amanda who is trying to find out the truth behind her mother's disappearance. You explore Sevastopol, a decommissioned...

Hypercharge: Unboxed

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: D Cyber Cherries (@DCyberCherries)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Hypercharge: Unboxed is a shooting game where you play a small toy from the 1990s in human-sized arenas like a toy shop, back garden and a garage. It combines base defence play with exploration and collection running and jumping in a wide range of...

Star Wars: Republic Commando

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/02/2005, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Aspyr Media (@AspyrMedia)

Players: This is a single player game

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a shooting game set in the Star Wars universe, where you complete missions as part of an elite squad of Clones. Still regarded as one of the best Star Wars games over 16 years after its initial release, its fast-paced...

Distrust

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Distrust is a survival game where you try to survive after a helicopter crash at an arctic base. Inspired by The Thing film, this is a horror game that initially seems to be about surviving the wild, but soon descends into something darker and...

Barbearian

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Gimblll (@Gimblll)

Players: This is a single player game

Barbearian is a hectic action game where you fight through three-level missions by hacking and slashing hundreds of tiny enemies, collecting cash and rescuing minions to add to your army. It's a role play game you can take on in bite sized portions each...

Another World

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/11/2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Eric Chahi (@EricChahi)

Players: This is a single player game

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...

Treachery in Beatdown City

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: a Nu Challenger (@aNuChallenger)

Players: This is a single player game

Treachery in Beatdown City is a fighting game with a retro pixilated art style. It combines the popular beat'em up mechanics from games like Double Dragon, where you take on enemy characters with fists, kicks and weapons, with role play elements....

Inside

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.

The Outer Worlds

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Obsidian (@Obsidian)

Players: This is a single player game

The Outer Worlds is a futuristic role-playing game where you are a colonist working to thaw your team and colonise the planet. Exploring, talking, shooting; how you do this is up to you, in what soon becomes a tangle plot of corporate control and...

Ninjala

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Play Ninjala (@PlayNinjala)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ninjala is an online action battle game where you play colourful gum-chewing ninjas who compete in futuristic tournaments.

Pokémon Unite

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Timi Studios (@TimiStudios)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Pokémon Unite is an online fighting game where you battle Pokémon in an arena and try and score points against an opposing team. Its short, frenetic matches are similar to DotA or [link to game/League+Of+Legends League of...

Brawlout

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Angry Mob Games (@AngryMobGames)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Flashback

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 01/10/2013, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: Paul Cuisset (@PaulCuisset)

Players: This is a single player game

Flashback is a running and jumping game with a strong narrative. Made in the 90s it's similar to Another World and Prince of Persia.

Lunark

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Canari Games (@CanariGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Lunark is a platform game with simple pixelated graphics that tell a cinematic story. It's similar to games like Flashback that were popular in the 80s and 90s. You run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot your way through mysterious alien ruins, a...

Wreckfest

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: Bug Bear Games (@BugBearGames)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Arms

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Boot Hill Bounties (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: Exp Gamer Studios (@ExpGamerStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Boot Hill Bounties, following on from Boot Hill Heroes is a comedic adventure into the Wild West. It combines spaghetti western gunslinging, outlaws, brave lawmen, and the untamed wilderness with a role-play experience.

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/10/2009, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Borderlands 3 is a shooting game played with friends or solo to defeat enemies and loot ancient vaults in outer space. This unique setting and story, which it shares with the other Borderlands games, in addition to its unique art style and integration...

Chroma Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

Cyber Shadow

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

Players: This is a single player game

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to...

Framed (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Love Shackers (@LoveShackers)

Players: This is a single player game

Framed is a puzzle adventure where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.

Obakeidoro

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Obakeidoro En (@Obakeidoro_En)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Obakeidoro is a hide and seek adventure game. You play with up to four people, three are humans hiding from the other player who uses a monster to chase them down. The humans have 3 minutes to work together to get away.

Reventure

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/06/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Pixelatto (@Pixelatto)

Players: This is a single player game

Reventure is a running, jumping and flying game. Or, that's what it looks like. In fact, it's a game about discovering ways to die. The goal isn't the usual rescue the princess. Instead, you're on a scavenger hunt to discover the 100 different ways to die.

Steamworld Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Stadia and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Steam World Games (@SteamWorldGames)

Players: This is a single player game

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is a turn-based role-play where you use cards to attack and defend yourself. You play as a team of sentient steam-powered robots travelling across a steampunk fantasy world.

Void Bastards

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Blue Manchu Games (@BlueManchuGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Void *!@?* is a tongue-in-cheek shooting game, where you control misfit prisoners out of the Sargasso Nebula. You decide which shops to investigate, what to do and who to fight. When you die, you start again with some of the loot you've collected...

Freedom Finger

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: widerightgames (@widerightgames)

Players: This is a single player game

Freedom Finger is a tongue in cheek game where you pilot a hand that can shoot from its middle finger. Along with the shooting, the game is music driven as you punch, grab, and pound enemies to smithereens. It takes the classic, Gradius and Nemisis...

Gunman Clive (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Bertil Horberg (@BertilHorberg)

Players: This is a single player game

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...

Minute of Islands

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/06/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: Minute Of Islands (@MinuteOfIslands)

Players: This is a single player game

Minute of Islands is a running, jumping and exploring game where you play Mo, a skilled tinkerer living in the dilapidated poisoned ruins of an ancient race of giants. You scavenge parts from their strange machines to get them running and clean the air....

Spaceland

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Tortuga Team (@TortugaTeam)

Players: This is a single player game

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.

Treasures of the Aegean

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/11/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Undercoders (@Undercoders)

Players: This is a single player game

Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game. You are Marie Taylor and unveil the secrets of a forgotten kingdom trapped in an endless time loop. To do this, in 15 minute runs you explore a hand-drawn world to recover valuable...

Western 1849 Reloaded

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Shooting

Developer: Nawia Games (@NawiaGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Western 1849 is a shooting game designed to imitate light-gun games of the 90s. It's a fast shooting gallery through different western locations. The Western 1849 Reloaded version brings it to Switch where it feels at home with Joy-Con motion-aiming to...

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/04/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth

Developer: Pocket Watch G (@PocketWatchG)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is a heist simulation game. You control a crew of robbers who escape from jail and take on a series of increasingly complex robberies. The novelty is the simple top-down view of proceedings that allow for complex strategies...

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