Total Nerd The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever  

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List Rules Horizontal and side scrolling shooter games only.

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While it sometimes seems like the days of the best side scrolling shooter games have come and gone, they still are very fun to play. Scrolling shooters initially gained popularity in the 1980s with games such as 1942 and R-Type, which were hits in the arcade. The colorful graphics and fast-paced action kept gamers putting in quarter after quarter. But which are the best scrolling shooter games of all time? See what gamers think in the ranking below.

Both horizontal and side scrolling games are included in this list, as they offer very similar gameplay. The only difference between the two subgenres are the way the games scroll. One scrolls from right to left while the other scrolls from top to bottom.

While scrolling shooter games don’t exactly get much attention today, they enjoyed immense popularity during the mid-nineties. In the late nineties and early 2000s, a special type of scrolling shooter dubbed “bullet hell” shooters became immensely popular. They featured amazingly difficult gameplay that took hours and plenty of continues to master.

But were those bullet hell games the pinnacle of the genre? If you think so, you’d probably like games such as Ikaruga or Mushihimesama. Fans of earlier scrolling shooters will probably enjoy 1942 or Raiden II more. To settle the debate, vote for your favorite horizontal / side scrolling shooters or add any that you think are missing.

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1
103 36
R-Type is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1987

2
49 18
Raptor: Call of the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

3
40 12
Ikaruga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
2001

4
37 10
Raiden II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1993

5
49 19
Einhänder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1997

6
35 9
Tyrian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
riza-emet added 1995

7
63 31
1942 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1984

8
28 5
Gradius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1985

9
25 4
Thunder Force IV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

10
33 11
Darius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1986

11
24 6
Radiant Silvergun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

12
28 10
Thunder Force III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

13
32 14
R-Type III: The Third Lightnin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

14
23 7
Salamander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1986

15
21 6
Strikers 1945 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

16
24 10
Super R-Type is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

17
27 13
Gunbird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1994

18
22 9
Thunder Force II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

19
25 13
Gradius ReBirth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

20
20 9
Gaiares is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1990

21
16 7
Gun.Smoke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever
1985

22
16 7
Twin Cobra II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

23
20 11
Raiden Fighters Aces is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

24
12 4
Raiden Fighters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever

25
15 7
The Raiden Project is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horizontal & Side Scrolling Shooter Games Ever