Enter The Gungeon on iPhone XSource: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

Sometimes when you play games, you want a deep story, with interesting visuals, and excellent character development, other times, you want to shoot as many enemies as you possibly can. This list is for the people who enjoy the latter.

While shooting games on Apple Arcade are not the most popular genre, some insanely great titles are worth a look if you love shooting baddies and kicking ass. Here are our favorite shooter games on Apple Arcade right now!

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Apple Arcade

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Apple Arcade has over a hundred premium games with more being added regularly. There's a bit of something for everyone, and it costs less than your morning latte!

THE BEST

Exit the Gungeon

  • Studio: Devolver
  • Age rating: 12+
  • Gamepad support Yes

Exit the GungeonSource: Devolver

This is the follow-up to the highly popular Enter the Gungeon, except now you're doing the opposite: getting out of there, ASAP! Since the previous Gungeoneers were successful, the Gungeon is now a paradox and collapsing in on itself, and you need to Exit the Gungeon.

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You'll need to make your way through each elevator shaft level and fight off hordes of demons with your single, everchanging weapon. It starts off as a simple peashooter, but as you blast your foes away, the gun will evolve every few moments, giving you even more awesome abilities and range, or it may be worse, and you'll just have to learn to adapt.

As you're stuck in the elevator fending off the enemies with your everchanging weapon, you'll need to make sure to roll through their attacks and dodge what you can. You're only able to take so much damage before it's a failure, so you'll need solid platforming skills and quick reflexes in order to survive.

Even if you've never played Enter the Gungeon, Exit the Gungeon is an enjoyable experience for anyone who likes a challenge. You'll die a lot, but you'll be learning from your mistakes and getting better with each run (hopefully).

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BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner

  • Studio: BattleBrew
  • Age rating: 9+
  • Gamepad support: No

Battlesky Harpooner Ipad ScreensSource: BattleBrew

Just like a classic vertical shoot 'em up game, you would see in an arcade, BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner delivers a scrolling adventure that forces you to keep tour reflexes sharp. This game definitely has a bit of a child-like flair to it, making it great for kids, and the difficulty level is a great mix of challenging enough not to be boring, but easy enough never to be too frustrating.

No top of shooting barrels open and dodging obstacles, the game always has a slight "fishing" mechanic that requires you to reel yourself to different spots to collect the items you find as you blast barrels to bits.

You even get to unlock new weapons, new levels, and new challenges as the game progresses, so there's even more to explore as the game goes on.

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Explottens

  • Studio: WeRplay
  • Age rating: 4+
  • Gamepad support: Yes

ExplottensSource: WeRplay

Cat lovers who enjoy dual-stick shooters will get a kick out of Explottens and its heart-pumping, hair raising, shoot-em-up action. It's packed with fierce kittens and explosions galore; what's not to love?

In Explottens, the land of Catmandu is celebrating the end of the battle of Kittysburg. Evil kitties of KLAW laid siege to Catmandu in an effort to overthrow the democratically elected government and rule it with their iron paw. However, a group of heroic cats named KIT created a hero, who wiped out KLAW. But while the celebration goes on, it seems KLAW isn't done just yet.

Explottens features bullet-hell shmup action, and you control a feline hero of your choice as they zip, boost, and shoot their way through the skies. There are missions to complete, sidekicks to recruit to help you out in battle, and a ton of weapons and upgrades to make you even stronger.

The only negative thing about the game is the fact that it can be a bit too hard for some. Plus, the difficulty levels make it so you would need to upgrade your starting weapons, which are crappy, instead of saving up for something better. This isn't a game for the faint of feline hearts.

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THE REST

Sayonara Wild Hearts

  • Studio: Simogo AB and Annapurna Interactive
  • Age rating: 9+
  • Gamepad support: Yes

Sayonara Wild HeartsSource: Annapurna Interactive

In a nutshell, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a game about the heartbreak of a young woman, which disturbs the balance of the world. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams, leading our unnamed heroine to a highway in the sky, where she finds and becomes her other self: a masked biker called The Fool.

The gameplay of Sayonara Wild Hearts consists of riding motorcycles or skateboards, flying through a fast-paced dreamland, participating in frantic dance battles, shooting lasers from your bike, wielding swords, and collecting hearts. You're just in charge of steering The Fool in the "lanes" on the screen and pushing buttons at the right moment to perform dodges and attacks when needed. Even though it doesn't explicitly state that it supports controllers, I had no issues using my DualShock 4 controllers to play.

While the game doesn't have a lot of shooting, it's a fantastic, critically acclaimed game for a reason — there's no else quite like it!

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Star Fetched

  • Studio: Crescent Moon Games
  • Age rating: 9+
  • Gamepad support: Yes

Star FetchedSource: Crescent Moon Games

On the surface, Star Fetched is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of gameplay. It plays a lot like a 2D platformer, but it has RPG, tower defense, and shoot elements added to the mix to keep the gameplay interesting.

You play as Rhys Randall, who is mysteriously transported away to an alien world. With limited gear and weapons to defend yourself against the dangers of this strange place, you must gather materials to build a ship and get off the planet.

The unique art style and very well put together soundtrack make Star Fetch very appealing, even if the gameplay can sometimes be a bit of a jumbled set of mechanics.

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Chase those dreams and high scores

Apple Arcade has a little bit of everything, including some awesome retro arcade goodness. These are some of the ones we've been playing, and they're pretty enjoyable, for the most part. Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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