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The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time  

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

This list below has a variety of games in it, from Loaded to Red Faction.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best top-down shooter games?" and "What is the greatest top-down shooter game of all time?"
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Assault Heroes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
Jan 01 2006
Assault Heroes is an arcade-style, top-down shooter video game developed by Wanako Studios. The game has the player driving 4x4 vehicles, piloting speedboats, or proceeding on foot against enemy ...more
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Sas 4: ZOMBIE ASSAULT is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
Kevin de Jong added
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Loaded is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
1996
Loaded is a science fiction-themed top-down shoot 'em up video game that was developed by Gremlin Interactive and published by Interplay. Loaded was released in late 1995–early 1996 on both the ...more
4
Crimsonland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter 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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BaboViolent 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
2000
Babo Violent 2 is a freeware multiplayer game for Windows. It is a 3d Top-down shooter. A sequel, Madballs in Babo: Invasion was announced on May 31, 2009 for PC and Xbox Live Arcade in Summer
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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
Chris Abraham added 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
7
Licence to Kill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
1989
007: Licence to Kill is a 1989 video game based on the James Bond film of the same name, developed by Quixel and published by Domark in 1989. It was originally released for DOS and then ported ...more
8
Transcendence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
2003
Transcendence is a sci-fi themed freeware adventure PC game designed and created by George Moromisato. A preliminary version 0.5 alpha release of the game that would become Transcendence was ...more
9
Zap! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
2005
10
Brothers in Arms: Art of War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
2008
Brothers in Arms: Art of War is a game developed and published by Gameloft for mobile phones, based on Gearbox's Brothers in Arms series. Art of War is chiefly a top-down shooter, featuring 13 ...more
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Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
2008
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is a downloadable top-down shooter developed by A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games, Eyerisk Studios and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is based on the ...more
12
Ikari Warriors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
long added 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
13
Tapan Kaikki: Bloodshed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
14
Red Faction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
May 22 2001
Red Faction is a first-person shooter video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ. It was released for PlayStation 2, Windows and Mac OS in 2001. A version for the Nokia N-Gage ...more
15
DoomRL is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time
Sep 08 2002
DoomRL is a roguelike video game for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, whose setting is based on the first-person shooters Doom and Doom II. It was created by Kornel Kisielewicz using Free ...more