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What are gun games?

Over the years, there have been hundreds, even thousands of games featuring guns of some sort. Whether it’s a side-scrolling blaster like Contra, or something three-dimensional like Unreal Tournament, gun games have been consistently popular for decades.This part of the site is home to our selection of high-quality gun games. They’re all presented in HTML5 so you won’t need to download or install them; just select the gun game you’d like to play and get shooting!One of the most popular varieties of gun game is the light-gun game. These have been around since before digital microprocessors were invented. Back in the 1920s, players used to shoot light at targets equipped with special electrical sensors. Among the most influential of these games was Duck Hunt for the NES. Released in 1984, this game was actually based on a concept refined in the 1970s. It took advantage of an iconic Nintendo peripheral: the NES Zapper. With the help of one of these and a CRT (cathode-ray tube) TV – which are now obsolete – you could shoot ducks in the comfort of your home!As 3D graphics improved, so did the quality of opponents that light-gun-equipped gamers were faced with. Zombies lurched toward the camera in The House of the Dead; terrorists shot from behind cover in Time Crisis; killer robots chased the player in Terminator 2.Nowadays, few of us use light guns at home, preferring the immediacy of a touchscreen, control pad, or mouse-and-keyboard combo. This change has largely been driven by the fact that modern flat-panel televisions aren’t compatible with light-guns in the same way as CRTs were. As such, developers have had to get creative with motion-control peripherals, like the Wii Remote and Playstation’s Move controllers.But that doesn’t mean that the genre is dead; if you’re looking to play a gun game, you still can thanks to the HTML5 offerings available in this part of the Gamepix site. Things you always find in gun games Gun games all have a single item in common: the gun itself. Outside of that, there’s considerable variety in style and gameplay mechanics. Some gun games are set in a science-fiction universe, others in a wacky fantasy one. Some gun games are effectively rhythm action puzzlers, where the player must fire the weapon at the right time in order to succeed. In most cases, however, gun games involve blasting through wave after wave of gun-toting bad guys, all returning fire at the same time. Victory depends on shooting them without getting shot in the process. It’s not always as easy as it sounds! While all gun games involve at least one firearm, most offer an entire arsenal of them. The player might pick these up as random drops along the way, or they might earn points that can be invested in new weaponry, or they might even be able to customise their favourite gun so that it’s ridiculously overpowered. Sometimes, picking up a new gun means discarding the last one, but every gun has its advantages and disadvantages. A shotgun might be great at close range, as it fires a spread of tiny pellets that concentrate at close distances but spread out over long ones. On the other hand, a sniper rifle might offer pinpoint accuracy over large distances, while being slightly unwieldy at close range. In some cases, running out of ammo might mean you have to switch weapons quickly in order to prevail in a 1v1 confrontation with another player or enemy. To succeed in a gun game means being able to fire accurately, but also means knowing all the weapons at your disposal and being able to match the one appropriate to your situation – and to enemies you’re going to be shooting at! GamePix’s Collection of Gun Games Shell Shockers is a team-based first-person shooter in the vein of Team Fortress. Players take the role of giant eggs – but the same WASD controls are in place. The same goes for Krunker, which takes the same format and applies a Minecraft-style feel. Good Guys is another similar game, except this time we’re limited to just three weapons, and it’s non-stop deathmatch conditions! Another popular take on the formula is Combat Online, which offers these simple gameplay mechanics in a realistic setting. The great thing about each of these games is that they employ the same controls as the classic FPS games we’re all used to, so they’re easy to dive into. In Prop Hunt, the formula changes slightly, with the action unfolding in an office space and one team having to hide from the other. Alpha Guns is a different take on the gun game, drawing inspiration from classic side-scrollers like Contra and packing in a raft of upgradeable weapons and unlockable characters. Build Royale incorporates elements from the io formula. Rather than tracking down rival players and blowing them away, you’ll have to collect resources and build things that give you the advantage. As in every classic battle-royale game, the playable zone will shrink as time goes on, forcing everyone close to each other until there’s just one left standing. The same goes for Mini Royale 2 IO, which is a low-poly survival game where 10 players face off in a shrinking arena, and victory depends on quick reactions and the right equipment. KULI – Kill Until the Last Infected – is a fantastic example of a great twist on the gun-game formula: the zombie shoot ‘em up! Faced with wave after wave of ferocious, shambling undead, players must break out the heavy weaponry and mow them all down while using your character’s expertise as a construction specialist to build up defences that’ll keep you safe at night. Of course, not all games that involve guns are there to make the player feel powerful – also included are horror titles like Slendrina Must Die, which combine simple gunplay with a spooky, murky environment. There’s plenty of variety for those looking for some gun-based gameplay. Whatever your preferred style of shooter, there’s something here that’ll please, so why not take a look through what’s available?

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