Best Shoot 'Em Up Games on Steam

Steam currently has 5,495 Shoot 'Em Up games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Shoot 'Em Up game rankings were last updated on 5/19/2024.

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1. Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.

桜を見ながら西瓜を割り、紅葉を見ながら鍋をつつく こんな季節に誰がした! イレギュラーでシーズナルなシューティング幻想!

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Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons. holds the #1 spot for "best Shoot 'Em Up game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,468 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,405 positive reviews and 63 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons. on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 11/17/2017
Developer 上海アリス幻樂団
Publisher Mediascape Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 745880

2. Downwell

Downwell is a curious game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots to protect him.

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Downwell has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,727 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,481 positive reviews and 246 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $2.99
Release Date 10/15/2015
Developer Moppin
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 360740

3. The Void Rains Upon Her Heart

Help her heart battle tough bosses in this Boss Rush, Bullet-hell with rogue-like elements. Fight through several randomly chosen boss battles leading up to a final battle. Each defeated monster will give her random gifts that power up her heart. Don't let her heart break!

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The Void Rains Upon Her Heart has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,235 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,228 positive reviews and 7 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 2/14/2018
Developer Veyeral Games
Publisher The Hidden Levels
Steam App Id 790060

4. Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt

Remedy, a recent graduate from the Saturnian healing school, must descend to Hurtland and use her powers to heal everyone from stray ducks to dark lords, and finally cure the ailing Prince Hingst. It's a short, whimsical adventure with plenty of heart(s).

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Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,812 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,750 positive reviews and 62 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 1/1/2016
Developers
Publisher Ludosity
Steam App Id 407900

5. Nova Drift

Nova Drift distills the mechanical depth and strategy of an ARPG into classic arcade space combat. Control an endlessly evolving bio-mechanical ship, face legions of strange and deadly foes, and ride the wake of a dying star across the void.

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Nova Drift has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,335 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,899 positive reviews and 436 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Nova Drift on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 3/27/2019
Franchise Pixeljam
Developer Chimeric
Publisher Pixeljam
Steam App Id 858210

6. Touhou Hero of Ice Fairy: Prologue

Touhou Hero of Ice Fairy Prologue is a fanmade indie game developed by GAMEPULSE.To save the Princess of Misty Lake "Daiyousei", from the evil who took her captive. You must play as the brave Hero of Ice Fairy "Cirno" and face "Remilia Scarlet" of the Kouma Castle

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Touhou Hero of Ice Fairy: Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,120 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,045 positive reviews and 75 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 12/17/2021
Developer GAMEPULSE 游戏脉冲
Publisher GAMEPULSE 游戏脉冲
Steam App Id 1715460

7. Voidigo

A vividly animated action roguelite focused on boss hunting. Unleash an array of diverse weapons and powerups to combat the corruption of the Void.

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Voidigo has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,662 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,559 positive reviews and 103 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $18.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $18.99
Release Date 6/8/2023
Developer semiwork
Publisher semiwork
Steam App Id 1304680

8. Bit Blaster XL

A throwback to the classic quarter eating arcade games of the 80's. Bit Blaster XL is a retro styled, addictive, and fast paced arcade shoot 'em up! (shmup).

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Bit Blaster XL has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,140 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,926 positive reviews and 214 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 1/22/2016
Developer Adamvision Studios
Publisher Adamvision Studios
Steam App Id 433950

9. DEEP SPACE WAIFU

Discover your perfect WAIFU amidst explosions! This is a simple SUPER CASUAL strip 'em up action game, full of colors and women! Destroy alien colonies and do some CLOTH DAMAGE in giant women! Seek your path to the perfect date! Just remember - Girls will be watching. So don't muck it up, buck-o!

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DEEP SPACE WAIFU has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,417 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,085 positive reviews and 332 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 5/31/2017
Developer Neko Climax Studios
Publisher Neko Climax Studios
Steam App Id 639790

10. Touhou Kouryudou ~ Unconnected Marketeers.

買う、売る、貰う、手放す いつから人間は所有権を自由に扱えると勘違いしたのか レインボーでイマモリアルなシューティング幻想!

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Touhou Kouryudou ~ Unconnected Marketeers. has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Shoot 'Em Up games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,716 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,682 positive reviews and 34 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Touhou Kouryudou ~ Unconnected Marketeers. on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 5/3/2021
Developer 上海アリス幻樂団
Publisher Mediascape Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 1566410

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 30). Downwell on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 17). The Void Rains Upon Her Heart on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, February 20). Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Nova Drift on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 7). Touhou Hero of Ice Fairy: Prologue on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 16). Voidigo on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Bit Blaster XL on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). DEEP SPACE WAIFU on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 11). Touhou Kouryudou ~ Unconnected Marketeers. on Steam. Steam Store.

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