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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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Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1996 Metal Slug is a run and gun video game developed by Nazca Corporation and published by SNK. It was originally released in 1996 for the Neo Geo MVS arcade platform. The game is widely known for ...more

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Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1993 Gunstar Heroes is a run and gun video game developed by Treasure and published by Sega. Treasure's debut game was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in late 1993, and later on, ...more

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Contra: Hard Corps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1994 Contra: Hard Corps is a side-scrolling run and gun-style shoot-'em-up video game released by Konami for the Sega Genesis in North America and South Korea in 1994. It was also released for the ...more

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987 Contra, distributed as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania, is a 1987 run and gun action game developed and published by Konami originally released as a coin-operated arcade game on February 20, 1987. ...more

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Metal Slug X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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Cuphead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Herogod added Cuphead is a 2017 run and gun indie video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. As the title character Cuphead, the player fights a series of bosses in order to repay a debt to the devil.

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Metal Slug 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1998 Metal Slug 2 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 1998 for the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform as the sequel to the popular 1996 game Metal Slug. It was ...more

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Contra III: The Alien Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1992 Contra III: The Alien Wars, released in Japan as Contra Spirits and in the PAL region as Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, is a 1992 run and gun game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System ...more

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Shock Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1997 Shock Troopers is an arcade game developed by Saurus. Gameplay involves taking command of one or three commandos in an eight-way shooter. The game received a semi-sequel in Shock Troopers: 2nd

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Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004 Metal Slug 3 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 2000 for the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform as the sequel to Metal Slug 2/Metal Slug X. The music of the ...more

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Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1991 Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-'em-up released by Konami as a coin-operated video game in 1991. The game is set during the American Old West, where the player takes ...more

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Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988 Super Contra is a Run and Gun-style action video game by Konami that was released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1988. It is the sequel to the original Contra and the second and last game in ...more

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Metal Slug 4 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2005 Metal Slug 4 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK. It was released in 2002 for the MVS arcade platform and the AES game console, and is the fourth ...more

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Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988 Ghouls 'n Ghosts is a platform game/run and gun developed by Capcom and released as an arcade game in 1988, and subsequently ported to a number of other platforms. It is the sequel to Ghosts 'n ...more

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Metal Slug 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2003 Metal Slug 5 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK Playmore. It was released in 2003 for the MVS arcade platform, is the fifth game in the Metal Slug ...more

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Alien Hominid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004 Alien Hominid is an independently developed side-scrolling shoot 'em up video game developed by The Behemoth. The game was developed from a Flash game originally released on Newgrounds in August ...more

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1993 Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a run and gun video game developed by LucasArts and originally published by Konami for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles in 1993. One or two players take ...more

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Dynamite Headdy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1994 Dynamite Headdy is a platformer video game developed by Treasure. It was released in 1994 by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. A port for the Sega 32X ...more

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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987 The Nintendo Entertainment System version of Gauntlet is an original game based on the Gauntlet arcade game, with a unique storyline and 100 levels.

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Alien Soldier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1995 Alien Soldier is a side-scrolling run and gun video game developed by Treasure for the Sega Mega Drive. The game was released in Japan and Europe, but it can be rather expensive due to its ...more

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Total Carnage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1992 Total Carnage is an arcade shooter, developed by Mark Turmell for Midway in 1992. The game was released for the SNES in 1993 and the Amiga CD32, Amiga, and DOS in 1994. It shares many gameplay ...more

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Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2005 Gunstar Super Heroes is a Game Boy Advance title created by Treasure Co. Ltd. It is a sequel to Gunstar Heroes, with the story taking place after the events of the original game and featuring an ...more

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Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2007 Contra 4 is a 2D action game for the Nintendo DS and the eleventh original installment in the Contra series. The game was released in North America on November 13, 2007. Contra 4 was produced by ...more

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Rolling Thunder 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990 Rolling Thunder 2 is a run and gun arcade game developed for the Namco System 2 hardware and released by Namco in 1990. The game is the sequel to 1986's Rolling Thunder, retaining the same ...more

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Metal Slug Advance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004 Metal Slug Advance is a run and gun video game for the Game Boy Advance handheld system created by SNK Playmore in 2004, and is canon to the Metal Slug series. It is notable as the only Metal ...more

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Contra: Shattered Soldier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2002 Contra: Shattered Soldier, originally released in Japan as Shincontra, is a video game that is part of the Contra series by Konami. It was developed by Team Kijirushi, a group of staff members ...more

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Gauntlet II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1986 Gauntlet II is a 1986 arcade game released by Atari Games and the first sequel to the game Gauntlet. Gauntlet II, like its predecessor, is a fantasy-themed hack and slash.

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Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2002 Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is a platform game developed by Sunstorm Interactive, produced by 3D Realms, and published by Arush Entertainment. It was released on Microsoft Windows on May 14, ...more

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Toki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1989 Toki, known in Japan as JuJu Densetsu is a 1989 shoot 'em up platformer arcade game, or a "run and gun" developed and published in Japan by TAD Corporation and published in North ...more

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Crack Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990 Crack Down is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1990. It was also ported and released to a number of home computer ...more

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Neo Contra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004 Neo Contra is the tenth video game in the Contra series by Konami. It was developed by Team Neo Kijirushi, a group of staff members within Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, and released for ...more

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Guerrilla War is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987 Guerrilla War, released in Japan as Guevara, is an overhead run and gun game produced by SNK. Originally released for arcades in 1987 as a coin-operated arcade game, Guerrilla War followed the ...more

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Ultimate Ghosts'n Goblins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2006 Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins is a video game in Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins series, developed by TOSE and published by Capcom. It was released for the PlayStation Portable on August 13, 2006 in ...more

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Alien Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987 Alien Syndrome is a run and gun arcade game developed by Sega in 1987.

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Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988 Blaster Master is a platform and run and gun video game released by Sunsoft for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a localized version of a Japanese Famicom game titled Chô Wakusei ...more

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Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
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Mercs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990 Mercs, originally released as Senjō no Ōkami II, is a 1990 top-down run and gun arcade game developed and published by Capcom for the arcades. It is a followup to the 1985 Commando. It was ...more

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Super Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1991 Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, originally released in Japan as Chōmakaimura, is a side-scrolling platform game produced by Capcom originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in ...more

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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990 Smash TV, known as Super Smash TV on some other versions, is a 1990 arcade game created by Eugene Jarvis and Mark Turmell for Williams. It is a run and gun game in the same vein as its ...more

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Cybernator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1992 Cybernator - known in Japan as Assault Suits Valken - is a run and gun game released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the indirect prequel to Target Earth as part of ...more

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Ikari Warriors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1986 Ikari Warriors is a vertically scrolling, shoot 'em up arcade game developed by SNK, and published in the North America and Europe by Tradewest in 1986. Originally titled Ikari in Japan, Ikari ...more

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Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1980 Berzerk is a multi-directional shooter video arcade game, released in 1980 by Stern Electronics of Chicago.

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Crimsonland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2003 Crimsonland is a top-down computer game with RPG elements. It was developed by 10tons Entertainment and published by Reflexive Entertainment in 2003. The game was re-released on Steam in 2014 ...more

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BlowOut is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2003 BlowOut is a 2004 side-scrolling action video game developed by Terminal Reality and published by Majesco, released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. It is a run-and-gun shoot-em-up ...more

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Monster Bash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1993 Monster Bash is a side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Apogee Software on 9 April 1993 for MS-DOS PC. The game features 16-color EGA graphics and IMF AdLib compatible ...more

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Mega Turrican is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1994 Mega Turrican is a 16-bit shooter game, developed by Factor 5 in 1993 and marketed by Data East in 1994. This game of the Turrican series was initially designed for the Mega Drive/Genesis, and ...more

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Hard Corps: Uprising is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
MioghtyPrinny added Hard Corps: Uprising 2011 Hard Corps: Uprising is a 2011 run and gun video game developed by Arc System Works and published by Konami for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The game was released on Xbox Live ...more

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Jackal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1986 Jackal, also distributed under the title of Top Gunner, is an overhead run'n gun-style shoot-'em-up video game by Konami released for the arcades in 1986. The player must maneuver an armed jeep ...more

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Narc is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988 Narc is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics and programmed by George Petro. It was one of the first ultra-violent video games and a frequent target of parental ...more

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Rapid Reload is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1995 Rapid Reload, known in Japan as Gunners Heaven, is a run and gun video game developed by Media.Vision and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation in both Japan and Europe in ...more