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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Xbox 360 (2010)

Hockey Fights is, as the title might suggest, a recreation of the most exciting part of a hockey match: the...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

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Hocus Pocus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1994), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Hocus Pocus is a young magician apprentice who has two goals in life: to join the Council of Wizards in...

Hogan's Alley NES Front Cover

NES (1984) and Arcade (1984)

This game involves the use of the Nintendo Light Zapper, and has, truly, no plot. You are in the police...

DOS (1989)

In its dark mansion the Hogbear awaits its next victim. Guarded by a Vampire, an Ogre, and various other creatures,...

Hohokum PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

In Hohokum the player controls a snakelike creature, called the Long Mover, exploring whimsical and colorful worlds with no set...

Amiga (1992)

Hoi is a small green dinosaur, who must venture through 5 levels to reach the area in which female dinosaurs...

Apple II (1989)

The planet Cross is invaded by the army of the Galaxy Breakers. Prince Duke is imprisoned, but manages to break...

Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986) and Wii (2008)

Hokuto no Ken is based on Bronson's and Tetsuya Hara's long-running series of the same name (also known as Fist...

Hokuto no Ken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Hokuto no Ken is a side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The player controls Kenshiro,...

Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitō Denshōken Haō e no Michi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The three RPGs (Hokuto no Ken 3-5) seemed to symbolize a genre change after the first two platformers, but the...

Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshōsha e no Michi  SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Similar to the sixth installment of the series, this is a fighting game along the lines of Street Fighter or...

PSP (2009)

Raoh Gaiden - Ten no Haō is a 1-on-1 fighting game based on the manga and anime spinoff of the...

Hokuto no Ken: Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

3D beat 'em up game that follows the storyline of the first series of the anime. Playing as Kenshiro, you...

Hold Down Hoppip Game Boy Advance Front Cover Booster pack

Game Boy Advance (2001)

As pichu, a baby electric rat, you must keep five buoyant hoppips, some form of cotton onion creature, that have...

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Hold me closer, Giant Dancer is a 2D-demake of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus for the TRS-80...

Hold the Rope! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

Five stout men grasp at a thick cord for all their worth. When's the last time you saw a tug-of-war...

Amstrad CPC (1984)

You are a hold-up man driving a fast red car in a French town with narrow streets. The armoured van...

PC-88 (1990)

Daisuke's girlfriend Kasumi has asked him to write music for lyrics she's written, and being the upstanding young man he...

Atari 2600 (2002)

It's video Whack-A-Mole!Each round consists of twenty-five moles. When a mole pops out of his hole, press the corresponding button...

DOS (2003)

In Pac, err, HolgiMan you control your little yellow HolgiMan, collecting all the dots from the level while avoiding being...

Höllenjob Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Guarding purgatory really is a hell of a job. It takes long-time professionals like Diana and Daniel to sort out...

Spectravideo (1984)

You are a bird that likes to eat cherries (which float in the air). Use the joystick or space bar...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Hollywood Collection is a compilation containing the following four movie tie-ins: Robocop Ghostbusters II Batman the Movie Indiana Jones and...

Commodore 64 (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are an actor called Buster Baloney in the early days of cinema and you are to search a studio...

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