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The Best Top-down Shooter Games of All Time

Updated June 8, 2017 426 votes 108 voters 26.6k views15 items

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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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    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Krome Studios Melbourne, Williams Entertainment Inc.

    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 predecessor,...  more
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    DeveloperGameloft

    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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    Loaded

    1996

    DeveloperGremlin Interactive Limited

    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
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    DeveloperQuixel

    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 to the...  more
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    DeveloperSNK Playmore

    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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    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
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    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 2009....  more
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    Zap!

    2005

    DeveloperGarageGames

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    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 made...  more
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    DeveloperBehaviour Santiago

    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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    Developer10tons Entertainment, 10tons Entertainment

    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 with...  more
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    DoomRL

    2002

    DeveloperKornel Kisielewicz

    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
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    DeveloperBlue Beck, Volition, Monkeystone Games

    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 was...  more

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