You won’t get the same adrenaline rush from flash shooter games as with most of the current generation PC games (think Crysis, Fallout 3, etc), but you can still have a lot of fun with them.
Especially when you’re ‘working’ or ‘learning’, flash games can be a great distraction. It’s a constant challenge to stop gaming and finish these articles.
There are a lot of them out there. A lot of different flash games, but also a lot of different genres. Even within the ‘shooter’-genre, we can distinguish a lot of different sub-genres.
We’ll be looking closer into those different sub-genres, also illustrating each of them with an example.
Side Scrolling Shooter
In a “side scrolling” shooter game, you would play with a 2d view.
The scrolling of the camera view happens either automatically (your character is fixed in the middle of the screen) or when you reach the side of the screen.
Often you’ll have to clear the screen of any enemies before you can proceed.
Alien Hominid is a great example of a side scrolling shooter. It was created by Tom Fulp, the founder of Newgrounds. Because of its huge popularity, it was later ported to PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
In Alien Hominid you play the character of an alien who’s crashed his spaceship on earth. As soon as you hit the ground, the FBI shows up, trying to dispose of all alien evidence (read: you).
Work your way through the great levels and try to save your sorry ass.
Shoot ’em up
In a “shoot ’em up” the player has limited or no control over their own movement, the game chooses when and how you move. In addition, the player can focus on their aim to the fullest.
In most cases you have to finish off all your visible enemies first, after which the game continues, but sometimes the game movement is completely independent of your actions.
In Puki you’re running through a tunnel without any control of your pace or movement. Your enemies, who run towards you, must be eliminated. Quick. When you progress in the game, several elements will be added, but you’ll never do more than the usual aim and shoot.
First Person Shooter (FPS)
In a first person shooter, you look through the eyes of the character. They can be recognised by the gun that’s almost always visible at the bottom of the screen.
Because coding a 3D engine is extremely complicated in flash, you will almost never see a fully-fledged first person shooter movement like in retail games. Instead, you’ll see FPS shoot ’em ups or a FPS with a limited movement alternative.
For the people who are looking for ‘a real first person shooter’, I’m sorry, but flash isn’t really your platform. Instead check out this article (Top 5 Free Shooter Games) for great PC shooters.
Phosphor is coded in Adobe ShockWave, so if you don’t have it yet, you’ll have to install it before you can play.
Shockwave does a much better job with First Person Shooter than its little brother. While playing Phosphor, you’ll soon forget you’re playing out of your browser.
Phosphor is one of the best shooters playable out of your browser, as it looks like Halo and plays like Unreal Tournament. Sadly it isn’t available for PvP yet, but the developer assures us that the project is far from dead.
What genre do you prefer? Do you know a better example for one of these sub-genres? Plop a comment below.