boomer shooters on switch project warlock

Want to play an old-school FPS game? Check out the best boomer shooters on Nintendo Switch.

‘Boomer shooters’ has become internet short-hand for old, fast-paced first-person shooter games like Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake, and Serious Sam. These games often offer an arena full of enemies that you must slay at a fast pace with keys to find to unlock doors that allow progression. The oldest ‘boomer shooters’ are Wolfenstein and Doom – but some modern indie games mimic the style.

Project Warlock

project warlock game on switch

Project Warlock is an indie game that first released in 2018 and draws plenty of inspiration from Quake. There are a total of 60 levels to explore, with a vast arsenal of weapons and an army of enemies to face. You’ll need to be quick on your toes to survive. The controls should feel right at home to anyone who loves playing these old-school FPS games.

The game feels rather short once you get the pace of the levels down, but luckily a sequel is in development. The developer is currently working on Project Warlock 2, which will likely come to Nintendo Switch eventually.

Serious Sam Collection

serious sam collection

The Serious Sam Collection on Switch satisfies that need for boomer shooter gameplay, with a dash of silly humor thrown in. The game consists of four Serious Sam games in one single compilation, with support for four-player co-op thrown in. The games in this compilation are:

  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter
  • SS HD: The Second Encounter
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE (with DLC included)
  • Double D: XXL

These games feel like a combination of Quake, Duke Nukem, and Doom had a baby. You’ll be saving the world from an alien invasion, one bullet at a time.


dusk game on switch is a boomer shooter

Dusk feels like a horror-inspired Quake-like that doesn’t use sprites, it’s a fully 3D game like the PlayStation One era of games. You’ll need to have fast reflexes and plenty of twitch shooting experience to get through the game. For anyone who loves the horror vibe in Dusk, Crossbow is also worth checking out.

Turok 1 & Turok 2

turok and turok 2

The original Turok games often get overlooked in the boomer shooter category because they originally debuted on the Nintendo 64. That console made it hard to do 3D shooters without a lot of fog reducing visibility, which makes platforming notoriously difficult.

Turok is a great step back in time with how platforming shooters used to feel, though. Both games are worth checking out for those who enjoy twitch-based gunplay. Both games have been polished up to look nice on modern consoles, but the gameplay is essentially the same.

Doom & Doom 2

doom is the ultimate boomer shooter on switch

Of course Doom has gotten several remakes and sequels over the last 20 years, but it and Wolfenstein remain the undisputed king of boomer shooters on Switch. Luckily you can play both the new Doom games and the old classics on the same console. Both Doom and Doom 2 run great on the Nintendo Switch and give you a taste of the game your dad played growing up.

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