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Light Gun Shooting

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 .

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Shooting and Simulation
Total Likes: 17
 

 

Penko Park

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: @GhostButter

Players: This is a single player game

Penko Park is an adventure about exploring an abandoned wildlife park, taking photos of the weird and creepy creatures which you find. Like exploring a children's story book world, you collect these snapshots along with fur samples and fossils to add to...

New Pokemon Snap

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: This is a single player game

New Pokemon Snap is the latest in the series of Pokemon Snap games. It's a puzzle safari where you are guided through the natural world of Pokemon creatures to take pictures of them in the wild. The aim is to time your photos to capture them in specific...

Ghost Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/01/2008

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Sega

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

Ghost Squad is a shooting game where you use a lightgun or Wii Remote for shooting. This was converted from an Arcade game to the Wii (also playable on Wii U) to create a convincing and highly skilled light-gun shooting challenge for up to four players.

The Gunstringer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 13/11/2011

Platforms: Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @Twisted_pixel

Players: This is a single player game

The Gunstringer is an Xbox Kinect camera game where you use your body to control a cowboy puppet and shoot the villains by forming a gun with your fingers. You can play with two people working together, with one player controlling the character’s...

Western 1849 Reloaded

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2018, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Shooting

Developer: @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...

Dead Containment

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/11/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @GrumpDogGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Dead Containment is a shooting game where you only control the aiming. It's inspired by on-rails shooting games found in 90's arcades, played with light guns. You use your weapons to fend off the undead as they race towards you in city locations.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/10/2014

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

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

Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...

Child of Eden

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/06/2011

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @Mizuguchitter

Players: This is a single player game

Child of Eden is a dance and motion game that uses the Xbox Kinect camera. You use your body to shoot and move. Rather than fruit, however, here it’s beautiful firework-style visuals and music that are the challenge.

Dead Space: Extraction

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS3 and Wii

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @EA

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

Dead Space: Extraction is a shooting game where you only control the aiming, like a light gun game. It's a spin-off prequel from the main Dead Space series and follows survivors of a mining colony as it is overrun by deadly monsters.

The House of the Dead (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/01/1996, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS2, PS3, Switch, Wii and Xbox

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

The House of the Dead is a horror-themed shooting game where you control the targeting but not the movement. Unlike general on-rails shooting games, this was controlled using a light-gun pointing at the screen (or similar controller). This gives the...


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