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Shooting games are usually a challenge of targeting your enemy accurately while they are moving around. This is complex because of the quick reflexes as well as using two sticks to navigate the 3D environments you are playing in.

Twin Stick Shooters, take this mechanic and simplify it. You view the play from above and use one stick to control movement and the other to control the direction of your bullets. This simple change (harking back to the days of Asteroids) makes the play simpler and more direct while also offering a big challenge for players.
 
This list includes 47 games from the last 28 years, with 185 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to shoot and move in different directions.

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Hades

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Hades is a fighting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game, you'll meet many recognisable Greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Poseidon who will...

Hyper Light Drifter

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Hyper Light Drifter is a fast-action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade-style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Trifox

Release Date: 14/10/2022, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Trifox is a shooting game where one stick controls your movement and the other controls the aiming. You traverse through the levels, defeating hordes of enemies with a variety of different skills and weapons. While the controls are simple, mastering...

Go Mecha Ball

Release Date: 25/01/2024

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Pixels

Go Mecha Ball is a rolling, shooting game that weaponises pinball to turn it into a boss battle adventure. You blast your way through isometric levels, controlling the rolling with one stick and shooting with the other.

Atomicrops

Release Date: 28/05/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Atomicrops is a farming game where you also have to defend your crops from mutant attackers. It sounds like a strange combination, but the shooting and the tending work well to counterbalance each other.

Tanknarok

Release Date: 23/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Blocks

Tanknarok is a high speed shooting game where 2-4 tanks battle in different toy-like arenas. Controls are simple: one stick for movement and one for aiming. It's a fast and frantic competition with each tank using guns, explosions and rockets to win.

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank

Release Date: 18/01/2024

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank is the shooting role-playing sequel to Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. Unlike its predecessor, where you used swords and other close-combat weapons, here you use guns to defeat...

Assault Android Cactus

Release Date: 23/09/2015

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Assault Android Cactus is a fast cartoon-style shooting game where you respond to a distress call from a crippled space freighter and defend it from wayward robot workers. One stick controls the movement while the other stick controls the direction of...

Colt Canyon

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...

Lost Nova

Release Date: 11/05/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World

Lost Nova is an adventure game where you explore an alien planet searching for resources to fix your spaceship. With no enemies or time limits, you take your time interacting with the local sentient vegetables, completing side missions, and exploring...

Super Animal Royale

Release Date: 26/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Super Animal Royale is a 64-player online battle where murderous animals fight to be the last one standing. You explore and track down other animal players, using the environment and line-of-sight to your advantage. It's unusual both for its simple...

ITTA

Release Date: 22/04/2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Itta is a shooting adventure game set in a world filled with big monsters. You play the young girl Itta, who wakes in a strange place surrounded by her dead family and must seek out the powerful beings that did this to her. The only guide you have is a...

Toy Tanks

Release Date: 12/05/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Toy Tanks is a multiplayer tank battle with tiny tanks. Inspired by Wii Play Tanks you take on enemies in a fight to the death arena. It stands out for reviving this same-room multiplayer format and injecting ideas from more modern games.

Death Trash

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels

Death Trash is a role-play game set in a post-apocalyptic, horror open world. Humans travelled to the stars, but unearthed machines and killer worms so had to flee into enclosed habitats. You play an outcast in the wasteland with a dangerous burden to...

Mana Spark

Release Date: 22/12/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and...

My Friend Pedro

Release Date: 20/06/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

My Friend Pedro is a running, jumping, and shooting game where you perform parkour stunts as you shoot enemies in super slow motion, at the behest of a sentient banana. It's a bizarre concept, where you're encouraged to creatively kill enemies with...

Thoth

Release Date: 07/10/2016, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Thoth is a shooting game with a twist: you shoot the colour out of objects as they move in ways that make it hard to avoid them. It's quite challenging as the levels are fast-paced and often introduce new mechanics that you need to learn to cope with,...

Blazing Beaks

Release Date: 10/05/2019, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Blazing Beaks is a shooting adventure where you enter a colourful world as an armed bird blazing their way through piles of mutants, monsters and creepy creatures. Each run is different although the levels steadily get harder.

Demon Spore

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 2D Overhead

Demon Spore is a shooting game set in a lab with an escaped alien creature that grows organically as you play. You take on the role of a failed lab experiment that gives birth to a rapidly growing viral horror.

Iron Crypticle

Release Date: 12/07/2017, updated in 2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Iron Crypticle is an action adventure game where you shoot your way through dungeons with up to four friends. You play by moving with one stick while shooting with the other and work through floors of enemies. It stands out for blending the arcade...

Rock Boshers

Release Date: 10/12/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Rock Boshers is a retro action adventure inspired by Spectrum and NES games, where you help young Queen Victoria fight her way to escape from Mars. You play by moving around the blocky Martian world, shooting enemies to clear a path for the Queen.

Rusted Moss

Release Date: 12/04/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Rusted Moss is an exploration traversal game where you swing your way to finding a balance between human and fae realms. You play by shooting and grappling your way through witches and rusted machine enemies. It stands out from other Metroidvania games...

Space Marauder (Dreams)

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Out Now: PS4 and PS5

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Space Marauder is a shooting game where you play a spaceship on the frontier of the galaxy, mining precious resources from asteroids and defeating enemies. While its unique controls are extremely simple and paired-back, they take time to master. Unusual...

StarCrossed

Release Date: 11/02/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

StarCrossed is a breakout-style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...

Dust and Neon

Release Date: 08/02/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Dust and Neon is a shooting game set in a futuristic wild west where you play a lone gunslinger taking on robots. It takes the twin-stick (one for movement and one for aiming) shooting play in a more considered direction, as you work to stay close to...

Enter The Gungeon

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Enter the Gungeon is a shooting game where you use one stick for running around and the other to aim. These twin-stick controls combine with loads of enemy bullets to dodge to create a tough challenge. You play four adventurers descending into the...

Everyday Shooter

Release Date: 14/02/2008

Out Now: PC, PS Vita and PS3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Everyday Shooter is a collection of shooting games presented as a music album. The shooting action is familiar but here the dissolute sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over the soundtrack. The visuals join in the...

Hauntii

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Hauntii is an adventure where you explore a dimly-lit afterlife world and meet the people living there. As you move around you shoot to defend yourself but can also possess other inhabitants and the world itself. It stands out for combining puzzles and...

Lake of Creatures

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Pixels

Lake of Creatures is an action fishing game where you boat around lakes to defeat enormous aquatic monsters with guns, laser beams, and a fishing rod. While it's a wacky concept, the marine setting is more than just scenery, as you need to use the money...

Relic Hunters

Release Date: 07/05/2020, updated in 2015

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Relic Hunters is a shooting game where you play the crew of the Spaceheart as they run, gun, and dodge their way through waves of colourful aliens to recover ancient relics from the evil Ducans. It stands out because of the frantic shooting and looting...

Roto Force

Release Date: 18/07/2023

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Roto Force is a shooting game where you battle enemies as a slug who is permanently attached to the inside wall of each box-like level. As you frantically dash through the stages the whole room twists and turns accordingly, meaning not only do you...

The Knight Witch

Release Date: 29/11/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cards

The Knight Witch is a shooting game where you fly through narrow caverns and avoid obstacles as you fight enemies with guns and magic powers. Alongside the exploration and combat, you buy weapons and armour upgrades, obtain cards that let you use...

Unsighted

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Open World

Unsighted is an action role-play game where you race against the clock to save your robot friends. You play a robot called Alma who has lost their memory and lives in a ruined world after the human war. The inhabitant robots are low on energy and will...

Wee Tanks

Release Date: 16/05/2023

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Wee Tanks is a shooting and traversal game inspired by Wii Tanks where you control toy tanks in battles against each other. You play by directing your tank and aiming where you are shooting separately. It stands out not only for recreating the fun tank...

Weird West

Release Date: 31/03/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Day and Night

Weird West is a role-playing game set in the supernatural wild west, where you play five different related stories. You explore the world and talk to townsfolk, but rather than a pre-build story, it's your choices that direct how things unfold: shooting...

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast retro shooting game where you control the gun with one stick and your character with the other. It's set in an alternative steampunk Wild West.

Wild River Outlaws

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: Mac, PC and Switch

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Wild River Outlaws is a classic arcade-style shooting game where you and a friend shoot your way through bandits and cowboys. With a western theme and inspired by the old Gain Ground and Ikari Warriors game, you rescue and recruit a posse of bandits,...

Zoe Begone

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made

Zoe Begone is a fast-action shooting game set in a cartoon world where you battle the animator for a bit of peace and quiet. To play you run around the level, shooting enemies and dodging the hundreds of bullets they shoot back. It stands out for its...

Laika: Aged Through Blood

Release Date: 19/10/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Pixels

Laika: Aged Through Blood is a fast-paced shooting and traversal game where you ride a bike through a post-apocalyptic world on a path of vengeance. Viewed side-on, you race along the ground and jump through the air, exploring the labyrinthine world and...

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