2D shooter games are a subgenre of shooter game, which in turn is a type of action game. It’s difficult to exactly define which specific design elements make up a shooter game, but often they feature spacecraft and certain types of character movement.
This type of game is extremely popular and fairly well represented by open source developers.
All of the games featured below are highly addictive, immersive, fascinating, and hugely satisfying. Attractive graphics are an important element to any shooting game. But these games also have great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play. And as the source code is freely available, anyone can pick up, modify, and expand upon the games.
There is an eligibility criteria that needs to be met to be included in this round up (see below).
Let’s explore the 10 games. For each game we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screen shot of the game in action, together with links to relevant resources.
|2D Shooting Games|
|Chromium B.S.U||Similar to the classic DOS game Raptor|
|Destination Sol||Pilot your ship in the open world made of space, planets, and more|
|FishFight||Tactical 2D shooter in fishy pixels style|
|Kobo Deluxe||Enhanced version of Akira Higuchi's game XKobo|
|n-gon||2D physics rogue-lite platformer shooter|
|OpenTyrian||Port of the DOS vertical shoot-em-up Tyrian|
|Powermanga||Shoot-em-up game with 41 levels and more than 200 sprites|
|Project: Starfighter||Side-scrolling shoot 'em up space game|
|Taisei||Top down perspective shoot’em up in the style of the Touhou Project|
|Underrun||Twin stick shooter using WebGL|
Note: The games are listed in alphabetical order.
Free to download. The project must be available to download without charge but the authors may accept donations.
Published under an open source license. Popular open source licenses for games include MIT License, GNU General Public License, and BSD License.
Not in an early stage of development. The game must be in a stage of development where it’s playable but not necessarily complete.
Does not rely exclusively on data from proprietary software. The game must not require purchasing or owning proprietary data from a different project.
Game media (such as graphics/sound) is released under an open source license or a Creative Commons license.
All articles in this series:
|Open Source Games|
|2D Shooter - They are a subgenre of shooter game, which in turn is a type of action game. It’s difficult to exactly define which specific design elements make up a shooter game.|
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|Educational - These games designed to teach people, typically children, about a certain subject or help them learn a skill as they play. They are sometimes known as games edutainment because they combine education and entertainment.|
|First-Person Shooter - This is a computer game genre focused on guns and other weapon-based fighting using a first-person perspective. Fast and furious gameplay guaranteed.|
|Platform - Subgenre of action games in which the core objective is to move the player character between points in a rendered environment. They are also known as jump 'n' run games.|
|Racing - This is a video game genre in which the player participates in a racing competition. The most common types of sub-genres are arcade-style, simulation, futuristic and kart.|
|Simulation - A simulation video game describes a diverse category of video games, generally designed to closely simulate real world activities. These games do not necessarily offer entertainment, at least not primarily.|
|Turn-Based Strategy - We examine games that require intelligence, and the ability to come up with an innovative plan that will leave the competition mesmerized. Players take turns when playing, strategically seeking to outsmart the enemy.
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