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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 22 games from the last 26 years, with 60 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, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 60
 

 

Hades

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Hades is a shooting 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...

Assault Android Cactus

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/09/2015

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Witch Beam Games (@WitchBeamGames)

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

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...

Hyper Light Drifter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

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

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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)

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...

Colt Canyon

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Retrific (@Retrific)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Atomicrops

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Death Trash (@DeathTrash)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Kishimoto Studio (@KishimotoStudio)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

StarCrossed

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Shooting

Developer: Contigo Games (@ContigoGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Tanknarok

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

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

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

Genres: Shooting

Developer: Poly Block Studio (@PolyBlockStudio)

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

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.

Demon Spore

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Ed Form (@EdForm)

Players: This is a single player game

Demon Spore us 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.

ITTA

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 22/04/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: Glass Revolver (@Glass__Revolver)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Space Marauder (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Duckenomics (@Duckenomics)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Unsighted

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Price: 20% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Studio Pixel Punk (@StudioPixelPunk)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Enter The Gungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-15 year-olds

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dodge Roll Games (@DodgeRollGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Natsume Inc (@Natsume_Inc)

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

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.

Wild River Outlaws

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Sky Pirate Radio (@SkyPirateRadio)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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,...

Blazing Beaks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: App Lava (@AppLava)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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.

Everyday Shooter

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Platforms: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Mango Lychee (@Mango_Lychee)

Players: This is a single player game

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

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

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

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...

Relic Hunters

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Rogue Snail (@Rogue_Snail)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Thoth

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Shooting

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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,...

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