Top-down shooter games

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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 - dbimage.jpg
GenreTop-down shooter, Arcade
Latest release1.2
Release dateMay 2nd, 2007
DeveloperPascal vd Heiden
Code licenseGPL
LibrariesMicrosoft .NET, DirectX

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
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

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.

Endless Sky Endless sky fight.jpg 2017-08-15 Space

Endless Sky
Endless sky fight.jpg
A fight in Endless Sky
Latest release0.9.8  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 15th, 2017
Code licenseGPLv3[1]
Media licenseVarious (CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC-BY-3.0 and public-domain)[2]

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]

Flukz Flukz0 2.jpg 2014-02-23 Top-down shooter
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++

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.

HeXon HeXonIcon.png 2018-10-23 Action, Arcade
Astral Arcade
GenreAction, Arcade
Latest release20181023  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 23rd, 2018
DeveloperLucKey Productions
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseCC-BY-SA
P. languageC++
HeXon Screenshot1.png

heXon is an arcade twin-stick-shooter created by LucKey Productions using Urho3D and other open source software.

Binaries are available through, source code through GitLab.

M.A.R.S. MARS-0.7.5-screenshot.jpg 2012-06-29 Top-down shooter
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+[4]
Media licenseCC-BY 3.0, CC-BY-SA 3.0 (music),
PD (some sounds)[4]
LibrarySFML, OpenGL

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.[5]

Naev Naev.png 2017-07-08 Space, Shooting
GenreSpace, Shooting
Latest release0.7.0  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 8th, 2017
DeveloperEdgar "bobbens" Simo
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseVaries (Generally CC-by-sa 3 or later)
P. languageC, lua
LibrarySDL , OpenGL , OpenAL , libxml2 , freetype

Naev is a 2D space top-down shooting and trading game primarily developed by Edgar "Bobbens" Simo.[6] It requires SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL. The source code is licensed under the GPLv3.[7] The project was inspired by the proprietary game Escape Velocity.

Pacewar Pacewar.jpg 2017-01-30 Action
Latest release1.6.6
Release dateJanuary 30th, 2017
Code licenseGPL[8]
Media licensevarious[9][10][11]
P. languagePython
LibrarySGE Game Engine

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.