Top-down shooter games

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Top-down-shooter.png

Walk around and shoot things. You see the shooter from the top.

List of Top-down shooter games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre top-down shooter games:



Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Bloodmasters Bloodmasters - dbimage.jpg 2007-05-02 Top-down shooter, Arcade
Bloodmasters
Bloodmasters - dbimage.jpg
GenreTop-down shooter, Arcade
Latest release1.2
Release dateMay 2nd, 2007
DeveloperPascal vd Heiden
Code licenseGPL
LibrariesMicrosoft .NET, DirectX
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Bloodmasters is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Bloodmasters is a top-down Arcade shooter written by Pascal vd Heiden. The latest version of the game is 1.2 released on May 2nd, 2007.

In February 26th, 2008, the game was released under GPL.

Donut Quest Donut-Quest.png 2006-10-30 Arcade, Top-down shooter
Donut Quest
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Donut Quest
GenreArcade, Top-down shooter
Latest release1.0.0
Release dateOctober 30, 2006
DeveloperPiga Software
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseGPLv2, GFDL
EngineModified "1945" Example
P. languageGame Maker 6.1
LibraryDirect X
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Donut Quest is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Donut Quest is free software game for Microsoft Windows made by Piga Software for the Brogo web comic strip released on October 30th 2006. It features the Brogo character Ed Donut (Michelle the mechanic's lazy, dim-witted, and donut obsessed assistant who is also known to have confrontations with spiders), as he fights his way against spiders in a donut factory.

Flukz Flukz0 2.jpg 2014-02-23 Top-down shooter
Flukz
Flukz0 2.jpg
Flukz 0.2 in shoot'em up mode
GenreTop-down shooter
Latest release0.4
Release dateFebruary 23th, 2014
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseGPL v2 or CC-BY-SA
P. languageC++
LibraryQt4
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Flukz is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Flukz is a shoot them up game, with levels that can be edited in the same way as a wiki. The latest version of the game is 0.4, released in February 2014.

Endless Sky Endless sky fight.jpg 2021-07-11 Space
Endless Sky
Endless sky fight.jpg
A fight in Endless Sky
GenreSpace
Latest release0.9.14  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 11th, 2021
Code licenseGPLv3[1]
Media licenseVarious (CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC-BY-3.0 and public-domain)[2]
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Endless Sky is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Endless Sky is a space exploration, trading and combat game inspired by the old proprietary game Escape Velocity. Players can earn money by trading, carrying passengers, and completing missions. It is also possible to go pirate hunting and participate in a civil-war. Or one can go exploring, leave human space behind, and hope to find some friendly aliens whose culture is more civilized than your own...[3]

Pacewar Pacewar.jpg 2020-05-17 Action
Pacewar
Pacewar.jpg
Pacewar
GenreAction
Latest release1.6.7  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 17th, 2020
Developeronpon4
Code licenseGPL[4]
Media licensevarious[5][6][7]
P. languagePython
LibrarySeclusion Game Engine
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Pacewar is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Pacewar is a simple fighting game between two teams of ships. A team wins when it defeats the opposing team a certain number of times more than it is defeated by the opposing team. As a team gets closer to winning, it loses ships.


HeXon HeXonIcon.png 2020-01-22 Action, Arcade
heXon
HeXonIcon.png
Astral Arcade
GenreAction, Arcade
Latest release20200122  (Announcement)
Release dateJanuary 22nd, 2020
DeveloperLucKey Productions
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseCC-BY-SA
EngineDry
P. languageC++
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heXon is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

heXon is an arcade twin-stick-shooter created by LucKey Productions using Dry and other open source software.

Binaries and source code are available through GitLab.

Naev Naev.png 2021-12-23 Space, Shooting
Naev
Naev.png
Naev
GenreSpace, Shooting
Latest release0.9.0  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 23rd, 2021
DeveloperEdgar "bobbens" Simo
Code licenseGPLv3[4]
Media licenseVaries[8] (Generally CC-by-sa 3 or later)
P. languageC, lua
LibrarySDL , OpenGL , OpenAL , libxml2 , freetype
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Naev is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Naev is a 2D space top-down shooting and trading game primarily developed by Edgar "Bobbens" Simo.[9] It requires SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL. The source code is licensed under the GPLv3.[4] The project was inspired by the proprietary game Escape Velocity.

M.A.R.S. MARS-0.7.5-screenshot.jpg 2012-06-29 Top-down shooter
M.A.R.S.
MARS-0.7.5-screenshot.jpg
M.A.R.S. 0.7.5
GenreTop-down shooter
Latest release0.7.5
Release dateJune 29th, 2012
DeveloperSimon Schneegans and Felix Lauer
Code licenseGPLv3+[10]
Media licenseCC-BY 3.0, CC-BY-SA 3.0 (music),
PD (some sounds)[10]
LibrarySFML, OpenGL
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M.A.R.S. is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

M.A.R.S., a ridiculous shooter. In a far-future colonised galaxy, a GREAT WAR is raging between nameless adversaries. In one of several game modes, two opposing teams are fighting in a gravitational 2D space with a few planets, including their homes. Translations, numerous weapons and AI bots are implemented. Two players can join in the game on the same computer, network play was planned for a later version. The game's visuals provide ample effects and jarring colours, including pink.

Initially, the game contained some non-free media. Hans de Goede provided a fully free version by replacing sounds and fonts, while the Hungarian symphonic metal band Obsidian Shell gave their permission to distribute the music tracks they contributed under CC-BY-SA 3.0, instead of the original CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.[11]


Azimuth Azimuth.png 2018-06-25 Top-down shooter, Adventure
Azimuth
Azimuth.png
Azimuth
GenresTop-down shooter, Adventure
Latest release1.0.2  (Announcement)
Release dateJun 25th, 2018
DeveloperMatthew D. Steele
Code licenseGPLv3[12]
Media licenseGPLv3[12]
P. languageC
LibrarySDL
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Azimuth is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Azimuth is an action-adventure game, combining 2D top-down shooter action with exploration of a large map. The gameplay involves piloting a freely rotating forwards-thrusting ship through a variety of environments, shooting and dodging the attacks of various enemies, solving environmental puzzles, and the gradual revelation of a science-fiction plot.

C-Dogs SDL Cdogssdl.png 2021-12-03 top-down shooter
C-Dogs SDL
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C-Dogs SDL
Genretop-down shooter
Latest release1.2.0  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 3rd, 2021
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseCC-BY-SA, CC-BY, CC0 [13]
P. languageC
LibrarySDL2
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C-Dogs SDL is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
Available as a package in:  
Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: cdogs  
OpenSUSE Logo.svg OpenSUSE: cdogs-sdl


C-Dogs SDL is a 2D top-down shooter game. It is a continuation of a DOS game started in 1997 named C-Dogs, whose source code and media were released as free in 2002. Some of its features include multiplayer, coop AI, and many community made maps and campaigns. [14]

Excellent Bifurcation ExcellentBifurcation.png 2007-10-15 Top-down shooter
Excellent Bifurcation
ExcellentBifurcation.png
Excellent Bifurcation
GenreTop-down shooter
Latest release0.0.20071015-8
Release date2007-10-15
Code licenseGPLv2
Media licenseGPLv2[15]
P. languageC[16]
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Excellent Bifurcation is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Excellent Bifurcation is an abstract vertical shooter with two sides to play on. It was made as an entry to a 2007 game jam.[17]

Bring Them On BringThemOn.png 2021-08-06 Top-down shooter, arcade
Bring Them On
BringThemOn.png
GenresTop-down shooter, arcade
Latest release1.0  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 6, 2021
DevelopersPiga Software
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPLv3
EngineGambas Arcade Engine 2.0
P. languageGambas 3.x
LibrariesQt, SDL, and the Gambas Runtime Environment.
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Bring Them On is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Bring Them On is a game made by Piga Software for the August 2021 LibreJam. It is a top-down shooter game with a science fiction theme. Upon developing a teleportation device, the player is pursued by monsters from another plane of reality. It was written in Gambas 3.15.2 and uses Qt 5 for windowing and SDL 2 for audio. Created in six days, it features a new revision of the Gambas Arcade Engine. Graphics are sourced from the CC0 libraries from Openclipart and OpenGameArt.org with sounds from the public domain portion of Freesound. Development tools used include the Gambas IDE, Inkscape, Audacity, GIMP and KolourPaint on top of Fedora GNU/Linux.