Not all video games are about shooting, is something we often say to parents. But also, not all shooting games are the same. As you can see in the related lists here there are many ways these games offer competition, collaboration and a challenge to players.
On-rails shooting is one niche where you don't control the movement and instead are just tasked with targeting. This may seem like a niche, but there is a smaller niche within this of Light Gun shooting games. These not only task you with just targeting enemies, but require you to do this with a pointing device similar to holding a real gun.
Light Gun shooting games game to popularity in the 90's arcades. These offered big cabinets sporting brightly coloured large plastic guns. Time Crisis, House of the Dead, Operation Wolf and Virtua Cop were popular examples.
These games have become harder to find, but recently are seeing a resurgence. On a console you need a way to target the screen:
- Motion Controller: Games use the Wii Remote, Switch Joy-Con and PlayStation Move controllers in place of a gun,
- Mouse Controls: Some games offer mouse targeting as an alternative.
- Kinect: Some games used the Kinect camera or similar devices to let you shoot at the screen with your body.
- Light-Guns: You can purchase a light gun (such as the Sinden) for use with PC games.
This list includes 10 games from the last 25 years, with 17 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .