Shoot-'em-Up Alternatives

Looking for an alternative to games that are all about shooting and fighting? Try some of these gems -- from puzzlers to music games to sims and more, we've got great, shooting-free picks for gamers of all ages.

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Innovative Yoshi game tilts its way to top rating.
Platforms: Game Boy Advance
(2005)
 
Fab family fun, with ability to create & share own puzzles.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
 
Fantastic outer space odyssey with coop play.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2007)
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Amazing game where you play, create, and share.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2008)
 
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Best all-ages sports compilation yet -- great for groups.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
 
Brawl, build, and puzzle with LEGO Indy.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
(2008)
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Baseball simulation offers incredibly realistic experience.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2
(2009)
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A fantastic music game for the entire family.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2007)
 
PC strategy game gets retooled for console gaming.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS
(2008)
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Multiplayer-based shooter sprays paint, fun on battlefield.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2015)
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)