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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Home Alone Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

Macaulay Culkin briefly became a child star following the film Home Alone, in which he played Kevin McCallister, who is...

NES (1991)

Based on the film of the same name, Kevin McAllister has been left home alone for Christmas while his family...

Home Alone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and SNES (1991)

Kevin is left alone at home while his family is celebrating the holidays elsewhere. Unfortunately for him, two burglars have...

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The sequel to Home Alone.As in the film, this time Kevin McCallister is lost in New York and must avoid...

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), SNES (1992) and NES (1992)

Loosely based on the film of the same name, Kevin McAllister has arrived in New York City without his parents....

Genesis (1993)

The McCallister family is off to Miami for a Christmas vacation in the sun. The son, Kevin, ends up on...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

You are a small man living in a protective bubble. Your job is to clear the aquatic screen from the...

Homefront Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Homefront paints a scenario where the United States has lost its status as a world superpower, and is invaded by...

SNES (1994)

Based off the hit sitcom, Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor's name has been put Binford's new line of power tools...

Homey D. Clown DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

"Homey don't play that!" Take on the role of Homey D. Clown, the most popular Damon Wayans character from Fox's...

Homura PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Arcade (2005)

An evil fallen angel steals the Divine Crystal, one of Heaven's untouchable treasures. With this crystal he gains the power...

Supervision (1992)

Honey Bee is a vertically-scrolling shooter that bears a striking similarity to Konami's TwinBee. The player controls a cute-looking ship...

Windows (2007)

Honeyblaster has classic shoot-em-up gameplay, but with the player controlling a humble-bee in its natural environment rather than a ship...

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Based on the 1950s TV series of the same name, The Honeymooners is a series of mini-games. Ralph Kramden wants...

NES (1990)

Honey Peach (also known as Meinü Quan) is a very simple rock-paper-scissors game in which the player competes against several...

DOS (1995)

Hong Gildong-jeon 2 is a follow-up to Hong Gildong-jeon. Like its predecessor, it is based on the classic Korean tale...

Hong Kong Phooey: No.1 Super Guy Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Nr. 1 Super Guy is a straightforward platform action game where you play as Hong Kong Phooey himself to help...

Hong Pong DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Hong Pong is a Pong variant set in five different war zones (including one hidden) and with tanks instead of...

Honō no Takuhaibin PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The Donkame Courier Company is in big trouble! Nearly all of its employees have quit or been hospitalized by members...

Genesis (1992)

Danpei Ichigeki is a young boy who loves dodgeball. Danpei's father was a famous dodgeball player when he was still...

PlayStation (1998)

The master chef Hao goes in a quest to hunt down and avenge his master by hitting every inn and...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The evil forces of Kerllis IX are causing havoc across the Universe by invading planets and overrunning them. The leader...

Hook SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), SEGA CD (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

In this video game adaption of the Steven Spielberg film Hook, the player takes the role of a grown-up Peter...

Hook Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In Hook, based on the 1991 film by Steven Spielberg, the player controls Peter Pan who is trying to rescue...

Arcade (1992)

Hook is a side-scrolling, weapon based beat'em up, based on the movie with the same title. Up to four players...

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