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The Best Manic Shooter Games of All Time

Updated June 8, 2017 463 votes 66 voters 14.8k views20 items

List RulesVote up the best video games in the manic shooter genre.

This is a list of the best manic shooter games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated manic shooter games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest manic shooter games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these manic shooter games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging manic shooter games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new manic shooter games.

These games, like Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best manic shooter games?" and "What is the greatest manic shooter game of all time?"
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    DeveloperCAVE

    ESP Ra.De., also known as Esprade, is a vertically scrolling manic shooter arcade game developed by Cave and published by Atlus in 1998. This is the first of Cave's manic shooters not part of the...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    Dangun Feveron is a vertical scrolling shooter game developed by Cave and published by Nihon System Inc. in 1998. The gameplay is typical of manic shooters, with numerous swarms of enemies onscreen...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    Progear is an arcade video game developed by CAVE and published by Capcom on the CPS-2 arcade system board in 2001. This was Cave's only horizontal scrolling shooter until Deathsmiles in 2007. The...  more
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    DeveloperInternational Games System

    DoDonPachi II is a Japanese manic shooter developed by IGS and published by Capcom in 2001....  more
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    DeveloperCAVE, Arika

    DoDonPachi DaiOuJou is the fourth arcade game in Cave's DonPachi series. The history section of DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu on iPhone calls it "DoDonPachi Blissful Death" in localisation; CAVE have...  more
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    DeveloperG.rev, Treasure Co. Ltd

    Ikaruga is a 2001 shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Treasure. The game was released in the arcades in 2001 on the Sega NAOMI, subsequently released on the Dreamcast in Japan and then...  more

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    Ketsui ~Kizuna Jigoku Tachi~ is a vertical shoot 'em up arcade game by Cave. It was released in Japanese arcades in 2003. A Nintendo DS boss rush version was released on October 23, 2008 in Japan. It...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    Mushihimesama is a manic shooter developed by Cave and released by Taito in 2004. It was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and iOS in 2011. An Xbox 360 port was released in May 2012. A...  more
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    DeveloperNihon Falcom, CAVE

    DonPachi is a vertically scrolling manic shooter video game developed by Cave and published by Atlus in 1995. It was the first game developed by Cave, and the second on Cave's first generation arcade...  more
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    DeveloperTakumi Corporation

    GigaWing Generations is a 2004 vertically scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Takumi and published by Taito on their Taito Type X arcade system board. It was ported to the PlayStation 2...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE, Arika

    Espgaluda is a manic shooter by Cave, released in 2003. It is the spiritual prequel to the company's renowned ESP Ra.De. and is followed by Espgaluda II....  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    DoDonPachi is a vertically scrolling manic shooter arcade game developed by Cave and published by Atlus in 1997. It was the second game developed by Cave, and the sixth on Cave's first generation...  more
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    Battle Garegga is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up arcade game released by 8ing/Raizing in 1996. In 1999, it was followed by a sequel titled Battle Bakraid....  more
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    DeveloperEighting Co., Ltd.

    Sōkyū Gurentai is a vertically scrolling shooter game released by Raizing in 1996. The game is unusual in that, rather than using a 3:4 aspect ratio to better suit the vertically-oriented gameplay,...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    Espgaluda II is a manic shooter originally released by Cave in the arcades in 2005 as a sequel to Espgaluda. An Xbox 360 release, titled Espgaluda II Black Label, was released in 2010 in Japan....  more
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    DeveloperTreasure Co. Ltd

    Radiant Silvergun is a vertically scrolling shooter video game, developed by Treasure. It was released in arcades on the ST-V platform in 1998 and subsequently ported to the Sega Saturn, with added...  more
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    DeveloperTakumi Corporation

    Giga Wing is a 1999 vertically scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Takumi and published by Capcom on their CPS-2 arcade system board and ported later that year to the Dreamcast console. The...  more
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    DeveloperTakumi Corporation

    Giga Wing 2 is a 2000 vertical scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Takumi and published by Capcom on Sega's NAOMI arcade system board and later ported in 2001 to the Dreamcast console. The...  more
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    DeveloperTakumi Corporation

    Mars Matrix: Hyper Solid Shooting, or simply Mars Matrix, is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Takumi in 2000. The game was published by Capcom and run on their CPS-2 arcade...  more
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    DeveloperCAVE

    Guwange is a vertical scrolling shooter developed by Cave and published by Atlus in 1999....  more
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