Alien Pool is a compelling space shooter written in C++, and using SDL. It supports many interesting features: Colorful ray-traced graphics, immersive sound effects, digitally sampled music, and joystick control.
Andromeda 9 is a 3D multiplayer-only action space-sim. Spaceships fight in each other in: deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, domination and race.
(commercial) ARYDOX is a 2D vertically scrolling top-down view retro style space shooter, similar to Raptor, Tyrian and the AMIGA classic SWIV, featuring high quality graphics, CD quality music and 18 levels of adrenaline pumping action.
AstroMenace is a modern 3D scrolling space shooter with ship upgrade possibilities. You can improve your ship configuration by installing new weapons, defensive systems, power stations and much more. Read more
Astwar is a ncurses based game that features two little ships on each side of the screen shooting each other. The concept is simple but addictive. Planned features include network support and Scheme scripting via Guile.
Babylon 5: I've Found Her
"Babylon 5: I've Found Her" (IFH) is a freeware space combat simulator game project developed by Space Dream Factory (SDF) and set in the universe of Babylon 5. Read more
Black Hole Invaders
Black Hole Invaders is a simple shooting game for X11 with Qt and XSpriteWorld++. License: GNU GPL.
Bullet Candy Perfect
(commercial) Bullet Candy Perfect is a fun shoot-em-up game, with sharp, super smooth 3D graphics and a cool techno soundtrack. Read more
Cgcb is a simple game in which you are once again called to save the earth form the evil aliens.
Cosmic Assault is a retro-pimpin' space shooter. Your job is to fly your spacecraft into the unknown and mow down hordes of ruthless enemies.
dsi is a simple game of invading aliens. You only get one life (or is that 5?), and you must stop those aliens from landing on you. It features five levels, high scores, sound effects, a funky sound track, and a very small footprint.
Escape of the Unicorn
Escape of the Unicorn is a space shoot'em up written using SDL.
Falsoyd's A Little Shoot-em-up On Your Desktop. Fire At Little Ships Or You Die! An entirely plotless game for hours of frivolous and violent entertainment while working. SDL for graphics/audio.
Fly Hard is a game resembling Thrust, but with lots of shooting and puzzles.
Gammarace is a simple game that you can jump into and out of with no instructions. It is a vector graphics shooter.
A fast-paced, frenetic blend of real-time strategy and 2D space shooter. Read more
Gentor 915 is a basic 2D space shooter.
GNUfo is a shoot'em up game (galaga like).
Graviton is a 2D spaceship combat game (in the style of Gravity Force/Power and Bratwurst). The idea is to defeat the other players in combat, using the various weaponry available to you. However, the graphics are 3D and vector-based.
(commercial) Irukandji is a fun score attack shooter, set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of amazing procedurally animated sea monsters, blasting your way to the final showdown ? a Giant Enemy Crab! Read more
(commercial) Jets'n'Guns is a fast paced arcade action is the name of the game in Jets'n'Guns. Side-scrolling shooters have never been better, with 43 levels of action, saving the universe through levels in space, underwater, through jungles, and across lava planets.
Kobo Deluxe is an enhanced version of Akira Higuchi's game XKobo. It adds sound, smoother animation, high resolution support, OpenGL acceleration (optional), an intuitive menu driven user interface, joystick support and other features. Kobo Deluxe uses SDL for graphics, sound and input, which makes it possible to run the game on pretty much anything. Read more
KOPS is a two-dimensional gravitational shoot'yer'friend game in 640x480x256 graphics mode. The original version was made back in 1996.
Kuklomenos is a simple but challenging abstract shoot-em-up game. Defend yourself and the Nodes from encroaching Evil. Control and destroy the Nodes before Evil can extract enough from them to destroy all.
M.A.R.S. is an open source game for two players, flying with ships in a two-dimensional space setting, governed by the laws of gravity. There are several game modes and a lot of weapons. Read more
In Max Fighter you need to keep control of your spaceship as you go ever deeper into the asteroid field and the gameplay reaches breakneck speed. Shoot asteroids and containers and collect power-ups, shield energy and special weapons. And last but not least - beware of the pirates!
No Gravity is a fantastic and futuristic universe made of five intergalactic worlds. An arcade type game with great playability, where it is easy to plunge into space battles against spacefighters, space stations and more!
Orxonox is a mix between a spacecraft shooter and a first person shooter. It plays in a post apocalyptic world, where humanity struggles to survive under the threat of extermination by the Noxons, an evil alien species.
Phavon aims at the creation of a 2D vertical scrolling progressive-weapon shoot 'em up (following in some way the style of the old-time classic Amiga game Xenon II). Map and level editors will be released, as well.
Protector is a defender clone. You fly a single ship against a suspiciously familiar Evil Empire. Bugs, lawyers, bundles, red tape and even more evil creatures will try to stop you.
PySpaceWar is an open-source game, loosely inspired by Spacewar, Gravity Wars, and a bit by Star Control (I and II). Two ships duel in a gravity field. Gravity doesn't affect the ships themselves (which have spanking new anti-gravity devices), but it affects missiles launced by the ships.
r-nu is a spaceship shoot-em-up side-scroller based on the R-Type series of games.
Raj Horizon is a 3d subspace style goal based team deathmatch.
rRootage is a Linux port of the side-scrolling game rRootage. Read more
Sable is a frantic 3d space shooter inspired by games such as After Burner and Space Harrier. You pilot a ship through an obstacle-laden landscape and attack or evade swarms of enemies.
(commercial) Scoregasm is a fun top down shooter by Charlie's Games. The game is set in a little galaxy made up of a network of different levels, which you progress through in a non-linear fashion, opening up new routes and levels depending on how well you play. There's multiple endings too!
Scum of the Universe
Scum of the Universe is a space trading game that combines two genres: arcade and strategy. On one side, it's a classic vertical-scrolling space shooter game. On the other side, it is an adventure and strategy.
ships is a space shooting game for one or two players. You can take weapons from enemy ships. Your energy is regenerating.
Shooting Star is a topdown shooter made especially for the Assembly 2003 gamedev-compo. Game works on Linux and Windows. Sources included, we are using the GPL license.
Space Maze is a shooting game in which you'll have to go around several mazes built in space to save our galaxy from an evil alien named "Fortress". To get to the place of Fortress, you must collect three keys to open the door. Keys are located and guarded in three mazes each.
spacerider is a 2D space-shooter written in C++, using the SDL.
SpaceWarpy is a version of the classic game SpaceWar. It's written in Python and the Pygame library. SpaceWarpy is released under the GNU GPL license.
SpaceZero is a 2D space combat game for two players over a network. The objective is to conquer the space, defeating all enemies.
Sparklet is a multiplayer networking client-server, top-down view, space shooting game for 2 or more remote players. Different maps, space ships and game modes are available. It is written in pure ansi c++ and runs well on linux and Windows.
Star Control TimeWarp
Star Control TimeWarp is an open source clone/sequel to the epic cross-genre game Star Control II. Currently it includes only a combat portion, although there are some plans to expand it to include an epic adventure. The plot of such an adventure would not have anything to do with the name "TimeWarp".
stardork is a console based game where (.)'s represent stars and are randomly placed on the screen. (X) represents your space ship and you move in in all directions, including diagonally, to position yourself to shoot the goal (@). You can also shoot missles in all
(commercial) Starfarer is a single-player sandbox style space role-playing game with strategic elements.
StarQuest - Sole Surviver
StarQuest: Sole Survivor is a starship combat game. You are the guardian of the solar system with the duty to protect earth from invading aliens.
Starry is a space shooter that is vaguely reminiscent of the classic X-Wing/Tie Fighter series.
Stellar Duel is a SVGA space ship game which features 640x480x256 graphics, full screen 2D game play, 3D rendered graphics, and sound.
(commercial) Two enemy races launch a devastating attack, foretelling the end of our world! The only chance for survival is to seek and destroy all enemy starships, which are the main threat. Read more
Syder Arcade is a free scrolling, multi directional shoot 'em up, an uncompromised old-school experience, furious, challenging, and straightforward.
Target Acquired is a top-scrolling space shooter which uses the Simple DirectMedia Layer.
Torus Trooper is an abstract shooter where you race against the clock as you pass though tunnels.
Tumiki Fighters is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up where you can salvage enemy ships, attaching them to your ship to give more firepower.
TuxFighter is an asteroid-like shooter written in python/pygame.
vadorz is an addictive ncurses space-invaders game.
XPilot is a X11 based multiplayer space combat game. You guide a triangle shaped space craft through a two-dimensional cave-like environment. Your vehicle has a very simple steering system: a rear mounted engine provides forward propulsion, while two thrusters (one mounted on each side) are used to rotate. The space you fly through has no resistance, but plenty of gravity. Learning to fly is one of the most challenging aspects of XPilot.
Yar's Revenge is a rather wierd shoot-em-up game that originated on the Atari 2600. It's more fun than it looks.
(commercial) Zigfrak is a game of deep space conflict and discovery. When the Xenoid threat was discovered, human society was thrust into an era of martial law. Security became top priority, at the cost of individual liberty.