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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Hyper Viper BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (2011), Electron (2011) and Atom (2012)

Hyper Viper is a Snake game. The player controlled snake has to eat all the mushrooms that are found around...

Commodore 64 (2011)

Hyper Viper is a top view maze game where the screen scrolls in various directions when you move, and the...

HyperZone SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991)

A 3D shooter similar to Space Harrier. Control different futuristic flying vehicles and blast your way through numerous enemies and...

Hype: The Time Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

King Taskan IV celebrates the end of a civil war. The valiant warrior Hype is given the Sword of Peace...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Hype: The Time Quest for the Game Boy Color lets you play as the Playmobil knight Hype, who has been...

Hyrule Warriors Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2014)

Hyrule Warriors is a hack and slash action game set in The Legend of Zelda universe with gameplay very similar...

Wii U (2014)

The Hero of Hyrule Pack works as a season pass for Hyrule Warriors, as it allows the player to get...

Hyrule Warriors (Limited Edition) Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2014)

This limited edition comes in a cardboard box and includes: Hyrule Warriors Limited edition scarf

Wii U (2014)

The Master Quest Pack is a downloadable content pack for Hyrule Warriors. It focuses mainly on Cia, Volga and Wizzro,...

Wii U (2014)

The Twilight Princess Pack is a downloadable content pack for Hyrule Warriors based on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess....

Hysteria Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

A fanatical sect has changed mankind's future by summoning a previously extinct primeval entity in our past. You, a sole...

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward Nintendo DS Front Cover

Windows (2009), Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Hysteria Hospital is a Time Management game in the style of Diner Dash or Cake Mania.You choose to play as...

H!Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This is an add-on for both Heretic and Hexen. It comes with 12 new episodes for Heretic and over 250...

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

After a nuclear war, humanity's livestock has been extinct and the survivors travel the galaxy in search for new sources...

I Am Alive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

I Am Alive is a post-apocalyptic survival game. It stars an anonymous male protagonist one year after an unspecified cataclysmic...

Windows (2007)

I am Jesus is a ballistics game similar to Scorched Earth, in which you control Jesus as he attempts to...

Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Live and Let Die: The Computer Game Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

You are James Bond 007 and you must stop Mr. Big from delivering heroin for free. You control a boat...

Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Fang was once a proud and rich city, until Baron Sukumvit took over. Under his rule, the city is known...

DOS (1994)

IAS is a sci-fi horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up. The player controls a fighter craft, defending a human space colony against the...

I,Ball Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Terry Ball (terrible, geddit?) has kidnapped Lover Ball, No Ball, Eddy Ball and Glow Ball, and I,Ball must rescue them...

I Ball II Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

After rescuing their people and surviving (in the first game), the Ball race wish to discover something about their history...

Ibara PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Ibara is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up. The back story revolves around a group of sisters, led by Professor...

Arcade (2006)

Ibara Kuro: Black Label is a revisited version of the arcade game Ibara, featuring some changes introduced in its PlayStation...

Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Ibiza Babewatch is a game where the player takes photos of naked women and sells them on the internet. The...

Ibiza Babewatch: Special-Hardcore-Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a special edition of Ibiza Babewatch. Not entirely surprising the difference to the regular version is that the...

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