What are the best top-down shooter games on Steam?

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    #1Nuclear Throne

    Nuclear Throne
    Nuclear Throne is a top-down fast-paced action shooter with a wide cast of selectable characters. As you explore the wasteland left after humanities extinction, search for the Nuclear Throne, the ultimate power on the planet. It was developed and published by Vlambeer.

    Windows, Mac


    Humberto Pacheco
    Written on August 21, 2018
    "Been playing this game since it was first released and i can never get tired of Nuclear Throne. It is fast-paced, hard af and i always have a great time playing as it gives me so much hype due to its exciting shooting scenes. "
    Amanda Dunn
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "Nuclear Throne id an amazing top down acction shooter game. This site gives a lot of information and is very detailed. They have video clips and reviews that are also helpful."
    Arthur Montgomery
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "I had wanted to play a Top-Down Shooter game for a while now and I found Nuclear Throne. THis game was able to satisfy my quench for this genre."
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    #2Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is an indie action game developed by Dennaton Games. It is the direct follow-up to the first game with the same name, which is set against a backdrop of escalating violence and retribution.


    Windows, Mac, Android


    Joseph Richardson
    Written on August 21, 2018
    "Bought this game since i was a huge fan of the first game which is also fast and unforgiving. And yeah this game has been added to my list of the best top-down shooter game. The soundtrack is also great. Although imo some of the level design is a bit weaker. "
    Cynthia Stone
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "Man, as far as top-down shooter games available on steam.. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number really delivers. It's action packed, fast paced, and the violence is mind boggling. Definitely a keeper in my book. I'll be logging a ton of hours on this game!"
    James Brooks
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "I found Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number to be a great throwback to Top-Down Shooters. It has it all, great music, weapons galore and the levels seem to never end."
    Virginia Castellanos
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "To be honest, the graphics on this game made me kind of dizzy. I thought the gameplay and story were alright. "
    Mildred Woods
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "It throws a lot of content at you. It keeps for a decent play time."
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    Helldivers is a hardcore, cooperative, twin-stick shooter set in a satirical dystopian future where mankind is ruled by a managed democracy. It is an action game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by PlayStation Mobile, Inc.

    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Roy Lewis
    Written on August 21, 2018
    "Helldivers is freakin nice top-down shooter game! There are so much to do and shoot at within the game. Although i admit that the maps and enemies do not have a huge variety but it is still fun so yeah."
    Albert Scott
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "I love this game! My friends and I have played it for many hours, and love the mechanic where you can accidentally kill your allies. I can't recommend it enough for fans of twin stick shooters."
    Julie Harrison
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Helldivers is a shooter game this is very realistic and challenging. This game has great graphics and is challening This is one of the best top down shooter games on Steam available."
    Craig Jackson
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "I really enjoyed this game and it was probably one of my better $20 purchases. It also opened me up to a new genre of games that I typically didn't play before. "
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    #4Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault

    Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter game developed by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games. It features 30 action levels and weekly challenge and commands many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities. 




    Willie Cox
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "Never realized how much of a joy it is to play a Halo game that isn't a first person. It's thrilling, exciting, and challenges your mind to create strategies and positions. This is a must play for every Halohead that's also a fan of strategy games imo"
    Samantha Fields
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "The Halo: Spartan Assualt is an online game available only on Microsoft Windows. It is filled with action packed material with great graphics that I thoroughly enjoyed."
    Jesse Butler
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "The space setting in Halo has always been top-notch, and Spartan Assault is no exception. I just love going through the campaign taking out Covenant enemies as I go."
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    #5Alien Swarm

    Alien Swarm
    Alien Swarm is a shoot 'em up video game developed and released by Valve Corporation on July 19, 2010. This top-down shooter game supports multiplayer and co-op modes and is available on Microsoft Windows.



    Patrick Brown
    Written on May 21, 2017
    "Alien Swarm combines co-op play and squad-level tactics to provide gamers with a game that they will enjoy time after time. For a top-down game, the graphics are incredible and the game runs very smooth."
    Elizabeth Pena
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "This is an excellent option for a top-down shooter. It's fun to play and easy to join with your friends. Best of all, it's free!"
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    #6Relic Hunters Zero

    Relic Hunters Zero

    Relic Hunters Zero is a free-to-play tactical shooting game where you shoot evil space ducks and turtles with tiny guns to defeat the Ducan Commander. It is developed and published by Rogue Snail. 


    Windows, Mac


    Benjamin Hernandez
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "Relic Hunters Zero seems to be one of the best games to play when finding a shooter game on Steam. Its looks challenging and I find it interesting to the point I want to continue to advance. I am usually not good at these types of games though. "
    Carl Bates
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "ive always been a treasure hunter at heart evcer since i watche dthe indiana jones installments. this game made some of my childlike dreams come true with the shooting and the relic hunting features!"
    Henry Perry
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Relic Hunters Zero is an older-style top-down shooter that provides gamers with the full code, allowing gamers to create mods very easily. The game runs incredibly smooth and is enjoyable each time I play."
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    #7The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac

    The Binding of Isaac is an action-adventure and RPG game where you have to escape your deranged mother who wants to sacrifice you. It was developed and published by Edmund McMillen.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Linda Robinson
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "I love top-down shooter games and wanted to find a good one on Steam. I found The Binding of Isaac. This game is so awesome. It's where you play as a guy named Isaac and have to escape your nutty mother who wants to sacrifice you. It's really immersive and addicting. I've played it for hours at a time. The graphics are simple, but that's fine since the game is so fun. I highly recommend this game to all gamers. Check it out now!"
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    #8Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is an online co-op action-adventure game, which is the first ever four-player co-op game. It is the sequel to the Lara Croft: Guardian of the Light and the second installment in the Tomb Raider series. 


    Windows, Windows


    Ruth Carter
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is another great game in the action genre. This game is available on Steam and is one of the best Lara Croft games available. I enjoy the top-down shooter games and this one does not let me down."
    Cherry Han
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "always been a fan of the tomb raider series and this isnt an exception. its a lot more confusing than the other puzzles, but its worth it because of the amazing story and plot and the twists!"
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    #9Running With Rifles

    Running With Rifles
    Running with Rifles is a top-down open-world tactical shooter game developed and published by Modulaatio Games. In this game,  players join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around.

    Windows, Mac


    Jenny Chang
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "You might look at this game at first, and not be impressed with the graphics. But I urge you to look past that because the game play is amazing. If you love tactical shooter games, you'll fall in love with this one. They really make sure to put you right in the middle of the action which I always enjoy in shooter games."
    Melissa Howell
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This game looks very interesting and the reviews are very positive. The graphics do not seem all that high end which is probably good for some lower end computers. It looks fun and immersive. "
    Amy Ward
    Written on October 26, 2017
    "It seems very flat. The plot doesn't particularly appeal. It needs some work."
    Beverly Lucas
    Written on July 6, 2017
    "great game with hours of fun"
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    Hatred is a violent isometric shooter, in which you take the role of The Antagonist fighting against all of the humanity. It developed and published by Destructive Creations. 



    Parakram Chatterjee
    Written on August 21, 2018
    "If you are unaware Hatred has been surrounded with a lot of controversy...But if u dont look at those then you could def enjoy this top down shooter game with its great gameplay especially if you are someone who likes games involving destroying stuff. "
    Adam Boyd
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I had fun playing Hatred, even if it was a tad dark at times. This was a refreshing breakaway from top-down shooters, which made it enjoyable to play."
    Vibhore Mistry
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "Exactly the right solution for me. Interesting graphics and gameplay. Met my expectation! "
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    #11Alien Breed 2: Assault

    Alien Breed 2: Assault
    Alien Breed 2: Assault is an action video game in Team17's Alien Breed series. It features an epic story, swarms of highly intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weaponry, highly detailed and rich environments. 



    Jennifer Rogers
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Alien Breed 2 is a game about the hero who kills supposedly intelligent aliens. If you enjoy killing games then this will give you hours of fun. It is a high quality game where you help Conrad, the hero, work his way through some disagreements with the aliens."
    Johnny Peterson
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "games with aliens are always less scary if not first person. the shock and surprises and jump scares are less scary when from a top down view. but its cool nonetheless. its a must play if youre a fan of this genera"
    Olivia Watson
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I love Top-Down shooters. I hesitate to even call this that, let alone a game. This is a bore fest. And humongous bore fest. There is just no life here, no story, just the basic gameplay. And even that is almost broken beyond belief. Pass!"
    Martín Garza
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "I've always had fun playing top-down shooter games. It reminds me of my days playing older consoles. Alien Breed is a fun game and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The graphics are pretty good and I had a lot of fun."
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    Shadowgrounds is a fast-paced top-down shooter game developed by Frozenbyte which is set on a space colony on Ganymede that is being attacked by aliens. This game is reminiscent of the Alien Breed series.


    Windows, Mac


    Juan Hernandez
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "A lot of fun, and I'll be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The action can be pretty frantic, but not overwhelmingly so, and the graphics and visual effects are quite good and match very well with the art style. Most importantly to me, it was a good deal of fun to play."
    Betty Roberts
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "I can't say enough good things about Shadowgrounds. It lets you play with your friends, keeps you interested in the storyline, and keeps you on the edge of your seat with its action oriented gameplay. It's a short game, but then most non-RPGs are, so spend your money wisely!"
    Raymond Franklin
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "Shadowgrounds is a great 3rd person shooter where you get to kill monsters! The graphics are very reminiscent of the classic game Turok. You can play both single player and multiplayer co-op. "
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    #13Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami is an action game which blends top-down perspective with stealth, extreme violence, and surreal storytelling, along with a soundtrack and visuals influenced by 1980s culture.


    Windows, Mac, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita


    Stephen Kennedy
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Hotline Miami is a really nicely done Top-Down Shooter style game, and Steam makes it easy to download. The game is very, very violent but has a good plot. Maybe a slight warning for those that don't do violence well, but otherwise this is very fun to play."
    Willie Morales
    Written on August 21, 2018
    "a diffult top down shooter and fighting game that i can never get familiar with it controls. LMAO but i gotta say that this is a fantastic game that includes a music which will keep you playing the game. "
    Marilyn Collins
    Written on August 15, 2018
    "It can be compared to GTA, but from a bird's eye view. Mindless violence at its finest!"
    Sai Jaiteley
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I personally dislike the visual and graphics. The 2D visual makes it look childish. I prefer games with higher graphics. Besides that, the plot sounds very normal, nothing awesome."
    Frank Jones
    Written on April 21, 2017
    "A fun shooter game with a cool Miami theme. Great game to relax and enjoy."
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    #14Breach & Clear

    Breach & Clear

    Breach & Clear is a strategy game in which you have to choose your squad and take on a variety of foes with different skill-sets abilities. Build your arsenal and plan your missions step by step.


    Mac, Windows


    Written on February 23, 2019
    "its a great top down shooter"

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Best top-down shooter games on Steam
1Nuclear ThroneGames 31 Paid
2Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberGames 24 Paid
3HelldiversGames 24 Paid
4Halo: Spartan AssaultGames 23 Paid
5Alien SwarmGames 18 Free
6Relic Hunters ZeroGames 16 Free
7The Binding of IsaacGames 15 Paid
8Lara Croft and the Temple of OsirisGames 12 Paid
9Running With RiflesGames 9 Paid
10HatredGames 8 Paid

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