What does the term “rail shooter” mean?

What does it mean when a game is referred to as a “rail shooter”? When looking at some articles about the upcoming game Rage, I saw that it had been referred to as “not a rail shooter” for console but IS a “rail shooter” for iPad/iPhone.


A rail shooter is a shooter game in which you don’t have control over your movement, at least for the most part. The movement of the character is pre-determined, although some rail shooters will give you some movement control. Although this normally amounts to nothing more then choosing which path to take.

Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles is a prime example of this:

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