Abandonware DOS title

Rail shooters

Rail shooters (as in... railroad) are shooter games in which the player movement is limited in some way to a specific route. In rail shooters you don't experience the freedom of walking/running/driving anywhere you like on the screen.

Most popular rail shooter games

Virtua Cop 2
shooterWindows XP/98/95
House of the Dead
shooterWindows XP/98/95
Zeitgeist
rpgWindows XP/98/95
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After Burner

DOS19893.6/5 Sega
After Burner is an abandoned DOS combat flight simulation game with elements of rail shooters, with similarities to earlier Sega titles like Space Harrier. After Burner was designed by Yu Suzuki and developed by Sega as a coin-op and then converted to various home computers and consoles in 1989.
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House of the Dead

Windows XP/98/9519984.1/5 Sega
House of the Dead is an old horror-themed rail shooter game, developed and released by Sega in 1998. The whole gameplay can be summarized in a single sentence "a first-person 3D shooting gallery with zombies". House of the Dead runs on older version of Windows, so you may need a virtual machine to play it properly.
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Operation Wolf

DOS19894.3/5 Taito
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Roller Coaster Rumbler

DOS19893.3/5 Tynesoft Computer Software
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Safari Guns

DOS19893.5/5
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Space Harrier

DOS19893.7/5 Sega
Space Harrier is a 3rd-person view rail-shooter developed by Sega in 1985. Space Harrier was a hit in the arcades, and later it was converted for a number of platforms, including DOS (4 years later!). The sequels - Space Harrier 3D and Space Harrier II - were never ported to DOS.
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Star Wars

DOS19884.2/5 Atari
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Star Wars: Rebel Assault

DOSMac OS1993protected3.9/5 LucasArts
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The Typing of the Dead

Windows XP/98/9519993.5/5 Smilebit
The Typing of the Dead is a distinctive video game, essentially a typing adaptation of the classic rail shooter arcade game, The House of the Dead. Initially debuting in 1999 as an arcade machine, it later became available on other platforms as well.In The Typing of the Dead, players wield a keyboard to dispatch approaching hordes of zombies and ot...
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Virtua Cop

Windows XP/98/9519974.1/5 Sega
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Virtua Cop 2

Windows XP/98/9519974.2/5 Sega
Virtua Cop 2 is an abandoned light gun first-person rail shooter game designed by Yu Suzuki, developed and released by Sega in 1997 for Windows, and also published for Saturn, Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. Virtua Cop 2 is the second title in the Virtua Cop series that became much popular in the arcades at the time.
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Zeitgeist

Windows XP/98/9519963.5/5 Taito
Zeitgeist, also known as Jupiter Strike in North America, is a 3D space shooter developed by Taito and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It was released for the PlayStation and Windows in 1996. Zeitgeist is a rail shooter: the player controls a spaceship that moves along a fixed path, with limited control over the ship's movement within...
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