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Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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HyperBlade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

HyperBlade introduces the 3D battlesport of the future. Players engage in a futuristic street-hockey style game played out on the...

Hyperbowl Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Hyperbowl is a one-on-one futuristic sport viewed from above, with a small amount of the rectangular pitch visible at a...

HyperBowl Arcade Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), Browser (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

HyperBowl scores just like conventional bowling, but the style of play is entirely unique. In this virtual bowling game, you...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Your job is move along the circuits of various 6510 chips in the Commodore 64 and protect 35 Base units...

PlayStation (1996) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Hyper Crazy Climber has similar gameplay to that of the original game, but it has a few differences. Besides updated...

DOS (1995)

Hypercycles is a single-player, shareware, first-person action game with a plot that is reminiscent of the film Tron. The evil...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The training as fighter pilot for the Federation took five years. Now you are finished. But there is a final...

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Hyper Duel is a 2D side-scrolling space shooter. The player controls one of three "Buster Gears” pilots: Keith Spader, Lisa...

Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1989)

Side Arms Special is, in essence, the same game as the regular edition of the arcade side-scrolling shooter Side Arms...

Hyper Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Wii (2012)

Hyper Fighters is a third-person shooter where the player controls an aircraft. Just like the After Burner games, movement is...

Hyperforce Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The player represents a space pilot whose STATRON system is heavily damaged by opposition fire. A single mission remains before...

Jaguar (2000)

HyperForce is an action sci-fi platform game with 2D graphics. You play a warrior who has been sent to destroy...

Amiga (1993)

Hyperion is an action game with similarities to Zarch (better known as Virus). The player's home planet was overrun by...

SNES (1995)

Hyper Iria is based on the anime prequel to the sci-fi movie Zeiram. As in the anime and movie Iria...

Hyper Lode Runner Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Hyper Lode Runner plays similar to Lode Runner. You must run around on brick platforms gathering all the gold, while...

Genesis (1991)

In the future, even the simple kids game of marbles is high-tech and extreme. Hyper Marbles takes the basic concept...

Windows (1994)

Hyperoid is a freeware port of the original Windows 3.1 Hyperoid game by Edward Hutchins.This is still a single player...

Windows 3.x (1991)

This Windows-based Asteroids clone features a fairly large playing field and some features not found in the classic arcade version:...

Arcade (1995)

Hyper Pacman is a pac-man game with power-ups, 2 player simultaneous gameplay, different level layouts and end bosses.The goal in...

Hyper Princess Pitch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Hyper Princess Pitch is a remake of the DOS game Operation Carnage and stars Princess Pitch, reminiscent of Princess Peach,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Hyperrace is a top view scrolling game with some shooter elements where the screen scrolls constantly in the direction you...

Hyper Rally MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

A basic racing game in which you have to finish within the time limit and reach the finish with a...

Hypership Out of Control Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2011)

Your space-brakes are out, the accelerator is stuck, and you can't stop. Hypership Out of Control is a scrolling shooter...

Hyperspace Delivery Boy! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2002) and Windows Mobile (2001)

Hyperspace Delivery Boy! is an action-puzzle game with bizarre environments, quirky humor, and complex levels. You are Guy Carrington, and...

Hyper Sports NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), SG-1000 (1985), Sharp X1 (1985) and Arcade (1984)

Six tough events await in this joystick-waggling action game. The full sequence of events is - swimming, skeet shooting, gymnastics,...

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