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Twin Stick Shooter

Shooting games are usually a challenge of targeting your enemy accurately while they are moving around. This is complex because of the quick reflexes as well as using two sticks to navigate the 3D environments you are playing in.

Twin Stick Shooters, take this mechanic and simplify it. You view the play from above and use one stick to control movement and the other to control the direction of your bullets. This simple change (harking back to the days of Asteroids) makes the play simpler and more direct while also offering a big challenge for players.

This list includes 33 games from the last 27 years, with 121 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to shoot and move in different directions.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 121
 

 

Hades

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Hades is a fighting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try...

Hyper Light Drifter

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

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

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

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

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

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...

Trifox

Release Date: 14/10/2022, updated in 2022

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Trifox is a shooting game where one stick controls your movement and the other controls the aiming. You traverse through the levels, defeating hordes of enemies with a variety of different skills and weapons. While the controls are simple, mastering...

Assault Android Cactus

Release Date: 23/09/2015

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

Assault Android Cactus is a fast cartoon-style shooting game where you respond to a distress call from a crippled space freighter and defend it from wayward robot workers. One stick controls the movement while the other stick controls the direction of...

Colt Canyon

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...

Lost Nova

Release Date: 11/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Lost Nova is an adventure game where you explore an alien planet searching for resources to fix your spaceship. With no enemies or time limits, you take your time interacting with the local sentient vegetables, completing side missions, and exploring...

Tanknarok

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Tanknarok is a high speed shooting game where 2-4 tanks battle in different toy-like arenas. Controls are simple: one stick for movement and one for aiming. It's a fast and frantic competition with each tank using guns, explosions and rockets to win.

Atomicrops

Release Date: 28/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Atomicrops is a farming game where you also have to defend your crops from mutant attackers. It sounds like a strange combination, but the shooting and the tending work well to counterbalance each other.

Death Trash

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Death Trash is a role-play game set in a post-apocalyptic, horror open world. Humans travelled to the stars, but unearthed machines and killer worms so had to flee into enclosed habitats. You play an outcast in the wasteland with a dangerous burden to...

Mana Spark

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...

Toy Tanks

Release Date: 12/05/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Toy Tanks is a multiplayer tank battle with tiny tanks. Inspired by Wii Play Tanks you take on enemies in a fight to the death arena. It stands out for reviving this same-room multiplayer format and injecting ideas from more modern games.

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank is the shooting role-playing sequel to Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. Unlike its predecessor, where you used swords and other close-combat weapons, here you use guns to defeat...

ITTA

Release Date: 22/04/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Itta is a shooting adventure game set in a world filled with big monsters. You play the young girl Itta, who wakes in a strange place surrounded by her dead family and must seek out the powerful beings that did this to her. The only guide you have is a...

Rock Boshers

Release Date: 10/12/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Rock Boshers is a retro action adventure inspired by Spectrum and NES games, where you help young Queen Victoria fight her way to escape from Mars. You play by moving around the blocky Martian world, shooting enemies to clear a path for the Queen.

StarCrossed

Release Date: 11/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

StarCrossed is an breakout style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...

Thoth

Release Date: 07/10/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Thoth is a shooting game with a twist: you shoot the colour out of objects as they move in ways that make it hard to avoid them. It's quite challenging as the levels are fast-paced and often introduce new mechanics that you need to learn to cope with,...

Blazing Beaks

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Blazing Beaks is a shooting adventure where you enter a colourful world as an armed bird blazing their way through piles of mutants, monsters and creepy creatures. Each run is different although the levels steadily get harder.

Demon Spore

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Demon Spore is a shooting game set in a lab with an escaped alien creature that grows organically as you play. You take on the role of a failed lab experiment that gives birth to a rapidly growing viral horror.

Iron Crypticle

Release Date: 12/07/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Iron Crypticle is an action adventure game where you shoot your way through dungeons with up to four friends. You play by moving with one stick while shooting with the other and work through floors of enemies. It stands out for blending the arcade...

Relic Hunters

Release Date: 07/05/2020, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Relic Hunters Zero: Remix is a shooting game where you play the crew of the Spaceheart as they run, gun, and dodge their way through waves of colourful aliens to recover ancient relics from the evil Ducans. It stands out because of the frantic shooting...

Space Marauder (Dreams)

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Space Marauder is a shooting game where you play a spaceship on the frontier of the galaxy, mining precious resources from asteroids and defeating enemies. While its unique controls are extremely simple and paired-back, they take time to master. Unusual...

The Knight Witch

Release Date: 29/11/2022

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

The Knight Witch is a shooting game where you fly through narrow caverns and avoid obstacles as you fight enemies with guns and magic powers. Alongside the exploration and combat, you buy weapons and armour upgrades, obtain cards that let you use...

Unsighted

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Unsighted is an action role-play game where you race against the clock to save your robot friends. You play a robot called Alma who has lost their memory and lives in a ruined world after the human war. The inhabitant robots are low on energy and will...

Wild River Outlaws

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Wild River Outlaws is a classic arcade-style shooting game where you and a friend shoot your way through bandits and cowboys. With a western theme and inspired by the old Gain Ground and Ikari Warriors game, you rescue and recruit a posse of bandits,...

Enter The Gungeon

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Rogue: Genesia

Release Date: 19/09/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Rogue : Genesia is a shooting game where you battle hundreds of enemies at the same time to defend a desperate world. Like Vampire Survivors, you use one stick to control your movement and the other for aiming, and...

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast retro shooting game where you control the gun with one stick and your character with the other. It's set in an alternative steampunk Wild West.

Checkmate Kings

Release Date: 30/01/2023

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Checkmate Kings is a frantic shooting game where play a king who can summon chess pieces by shooting the opponent king. Play is a mix of arcade-style shooting to build an army of pieces and then triggering their specific movement to hit the enemy and...

Everyday Shooter

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

PixelJunk Shooter

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2015

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

PixelJunk Shooter is a shooting game where you fly a subterranean vehicle to rescue scientists trapped underground. You control movement with one stick and shooting with the other. This combines with the world's physics to create a puzzling shooting...

Super Animal Royale

Release Date: 26/08/2021

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Super Animal Royale is a 64-player online battle where murderous animals fight to be the last one standing. You explore and track down other animal players, using the environment and line-of-sight to your advantage. It's unusual both for its simple...

Weird West

Release Date: 31/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Weird West is a role-playing game set in the supernatural wild west, where you play five different related stories. You explore the world and talk to townsfolk, but rather than a pre-build story, it's your choices that direct how things unfold: shooting...

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