When most gamers and games aficionados seek out a new first-person shooter game, they’re usually hoping to get a particularly high-quality multiplayer or single-player experience. Few people buy games solely for the bonus modes, but, as with all things in life, there are a few notable exceptions. Some shooting mini games have taken off so well that they’ve even eclipsed the main game mode. With such curiosities in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best shooting mini games in the world, so that you don’t miss out on some of the most fun you can have in FPS games.
Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies
Possibly the most immediately recognizable FPS mini game of all time, Call of Duty’s “Nazi Zombies” mode started out as a tongue-in-cheek, one-off, shooting mini game, but it quickly evolved into something much more. Even the comparatively simple version of the mini game that appeared in Call of Duty: World at War garnered massive popularity, but the later versions of the game, which featured expanded arsenals, challenges, and game maps, became worldwide hits in their own right.
Now, “Nazi Zombies” trails only slightly behind the mainline Call of Duty series in popularity, with many game streamers choosing to specialize in high-level Nazi-Zombie-blasting action with their teammates and followers. Call of Duty has a lot more mini games in store, from dedicated CoD equipment apps, to Call of Duty-themed slot games even!
Half-Life 2: Garry’s Mod
Originally designed as a suite of game-editing and modification tools for the famous FPS classic Half-Life 2, Garry’s Mod took on a life of its own, in part thanks to a passionate and creative community of YouTube “machinima” makers. Not to be confused with the production company named after the medium, “machinima” refers to films made using computer graphics, specifically those originally intended for use in video games.
Garry’s Mod-based machinima was seemingly ubiquitous during the early years of YouTube, since the mod engine was so flexible that it allowed creative players to do almost anything they wanted with Half-Life 2’s iconic graphics assets.
As time went on, Garry’s Mod expanded to allow the inclusion of most assets compatible with Half-Life 2’s graphical engine (the “Source” engine,) meaning that inventive modders could do even more with the tools. While machinima was the claim to fame of Garry’s Mod in the eyes of the casual gaming public, it was the entirely new games and game modes that Garry’s Mod allowed for that made it most famous to avid gamers.
Garry’s Mod allowed for the creation of thousands of fan made mini games, and, for many, became a freestyle FPS mini game of its own.
One of the most famous shooting mini games that rose to fame as a result of Garry’s Mod was “Prop Hunt,” also sometimes referred to as “Hide’n’Seek.” This game is simple in its concept but fantastic in its execution, allowing for hilarious hijinks rarely seen elsewhere.
In “Prop Hunt,” the majority of players are dropped into an FPS map as literal props. Lamps, sofas, refrigerators, and even broken-down cars slide around the map, controlled by players, as they try to position themselves in believable locations on the map. After a short period of time, a second team of players, the hunters, are let loose onto the map with the goal of finding which props are players and which ones actually belong on the map.
The format, though originally appearing in Counter-Strike and Half-Life thanks to Garry’s Mod, has been adapted by AAA gaming companies as recently as 2018. In fact, Call of Duty: World War II included a competitive Prop Hunt mode that featured entirely new gameplay mechanics!
While many blockbuster games take years to produce, shooting mini games like Prop Hunt and Nazi Zombies often act as smaller projects for developers and modders to treat their fans with. Mini games like these truly have become a staple of the industry, the first course of the modern gaming feast, so to say. As games like MineCraft, Fortnite, and even Tower Unite offer more and more creative options to fans, FPS mini games are likely to continue to thrive for years to come.