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The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

Updated November 13, 2020 4.4k votes 677 voters 40.5k views86 items

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

The list you're viewing is made up of games like Contra and Moon Patrol.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best run and gun games?" and "What is the greatest run and gun game of all time?"
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  • 1
    Gunstar Heroes

    DeveloperTreasure Co. Ltd, M2

    PlatformSega Game Gear, Wii, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 2

    Gunstar Heroes is a run and gun video game developed by Treasure and published by Sega.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Cuphead
    164
    57

    DeveloperStudioMDHR

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch

    Cuphead is a run and gun video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. Announced in 2013,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Metal Slug
    173
    71

    DeveloperNazca Corporation, SNK Playmore

    PlatformNeo Geo CD, PlayStation, Wii, Sega Saturn, Arcade game

    Metal Slug is a run and gun video game developed by Nazca Corporation and published by SNK. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Contra
    122
    51

    Contra

    1987

    DeveloperKonami

    PlatformZX Spectrum, DOS, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System

    Contra, distributed as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania, is a 1987 run and gun action game... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Metal Slug X
    104
    38

    DeveloperNazca Corporation, SNK Playmore

    PlatformArcade game, PlayStation

    An upgraded version of Metal Slug 2, titled Metal Slug X, was released in March 1999 for the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Contra: Hard Corps

    DeveloperKonami

    PlatformSega Mega Drive

    Contra: Hard Corps is a side-scrolling run and gun-style shoot-'em-up video game released by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Metal Slug 3
    90
    31

    DeveloperNazca Corporation, Noise Factory, SNK Playmore

    PlatformXbox, PlayStation 2, Wii, Arcade game, iPhone

    Metal Slug 3 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 2000... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Sunset Riders

    DeveloperKonami

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade game, Sega Mega Drive

    Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-'em-up released by Konami as a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Contra III: The Alien Wars

    DeveloperKonami

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Wii, Nintendo Super System, Game Boy Advance

    Contra III: The Alien Wars, released in Japan as Contra Spirits and in the PAL region as Super... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Toki
    63
    18

    Toki

    1989

    DeveloperTAD Corporation

    PlatformAtari Lynx, Amstrad CPC, Nintendo Entertainment System, Commodore 64, Atari ST

    Toki, known in Japan as JuJu Densetsu is a 1989 shoot 'em up platformer arcade game, or a "run... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11
    Ghouls'n Ghosts

    DeveloperCapcom, Sega

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine SuperGrafx, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC

    Ghouls 'n Ghosts is a platform game/run and gun developed by Capcom and released as an arcade... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Cybernator
    42
    7

    DeveloperNational Console Support, Inc

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, PlayStation 2

    Cybernator - known in Japan as Assault Suits Valken - is a run and gun game released in 1992... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Super Contra
    65
    30

    DeveloperKonami

    PlatformNintendo Entertainment System, Microsoft Windows, PlayChoice-10, Arcade game, Amiga

    Super Contra is a Run and Gun-style action video game by Konami that was released as a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Metal Slug 2
    70
    35

    DeveloperNazca Corporation, SNK Playmore

    PlatformWii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Neo Geo CD, Neo Geo

    Metal Slug 2 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 1998... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Crack Down
    41
    8

    DeveloperSega

    PlatformMS-DOS, Wii, Sega Mega Drive, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

    Crack Down is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Shock Troopers

    DeveloperSaurus

    PlatformArcade game

    Shock Troopers is an arcade game developed by Saurus. Gameplay involves taking command of one... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Metal Slug 4
    48
    28

    DeveloperMega Enterprise, Noise Factory, SNK Playmore

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Arcade game, Xbox, Neo Geo

    Metal Slug 4 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Crimsonland

    Developer10tons Entertainment, 10tons Entertainment

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

    Crimsonland is a top-down computer game with RPG elements. It was developed by 10tons... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Metal Slug 5
    52
    33

    DeveloperNoise Factory, SNK Playmore

    PlatformPlayStation 2, Personal computer, Arcade game

    Metal Slug 5 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Alien Soldier

    DeveloperTreasure Co. Ltd

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, Wii, Sega Mega Drive

    Alien Soldier is a side-scrolling run and gun video game developed by Treasure for the Sega... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Contra 4
    37
    19

    DeveloperWayForward Technologies

    PlatformNintendo DS, Mobile phone

    Contra 4 is a 2D action game for the Nintendo DS and the eleventh original installment in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Duke Nukem
    22
    5

    DeveloperTorus Games

    PlatformMS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance

    Duke Nukem is a video game series named for its protagonist, Duke Nukem. Created by the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Hard Corps: Uprising

    DeveloperArc System Works

    PlatformXbox 360, PlayStation 3

    Hard Corps: Uprising is a 2011 run and gun video game developed by Arc System Works and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Bloody Wolf
    28
    14

    DeveloperData East

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Arcade game, Wii

    Bloody Wolf, released in Europe as Battle Rangers, is a run and gun arcade game released by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon

    DeveloperData East

    PlatformArcade game

    Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon is a 1989 horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button