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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I'm in Shock ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Having travelled the galaxy in an attempt to defeat an alien race, you return home to find that they have...

Windows (2004)

Immaterial and Missing Power is a 2D fighting game. This game is "Touhou 7.5" - events in the game take...

I.M. Meen DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The eponymous villain of the game I.M. Meen has a serious pet peeve-- he can't stand it when children study....

Immercenary 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1995)

In the future, mankind has been enslaved in a virtual reality simulation known as Perfect. This simulation is controlled by...

The Immortal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), NES (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Apple IIgs (1990)

Your old mentor Mordamir has disappeared - probably kidnapped. You're not too sure where he might be, but a dungeon...

I'm Not Alone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

In the role of a bold exorcist the player travels to the Austrian mountains to free an old mansion house...

Imogen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Drunk on power after defeating a terrible dragon, an enchanter's mind snaps and for the good of himself and the...

Windows (2006)

In I'm O.K: A Murder Simulator, you play as Osaki Kim, whose son was beaten to death with a baseball...

ZX81 (2012)

Impact! is a clone of Asteroids that keep most of the gameplay features of the original arcade game. The player...

Impact Racing SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

With disregard for a background story, Funcom Dublin offers a Wipeout-esque mix of racing and driving at a very fast...

DOS (1994)

An army of imps has taken over your computer screen, and they're transporting lost souls, zipping randomly across the playfield....

impaXor iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

impaXor uniquely mixes color-matching and arcade defense gameplay together. The objective of the game is to stop the enemies from...

SNES (1992)

In 2027 AD, there is a distant planet where high-tech robots have enslaved a class of mechanized creatures. These slave...

Imperium Galactica DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Imperium Galactica is set sometime during the fourth millennium and you, as a human, must rebuild the Human Empire. You...

Imperium Gier 3/2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This compilation contains the following games: Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Galaxy Invaders Party Bowling (referred to simply as Bowling) Drop!...

TurboGrafx CD (2002)

Implode is a homebrew puzzle game. It plays like a falling block puzzle in all respects, with the exception of...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Implosion is a shooter in which a planet is on full collision course towards the earth. Now the player has...

Impossaball ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Impossaball puts you in control of a ball, and sets you in a checkered 3D environment with walls and ceilings....

Windows (2003)

This freeware remake of the arcade game from 1987 replaces the old 2D bitmap graphics with fully 3D-rendered levels and...

Impossamole Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BlackBerry (2013)

Monty Mole has been living in luxury since his previous adventures, but he has now been beamed up by an...

The Impossible Avatar Getaway 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The Impossible Avatar Getaway 2 is the sequel to the first title, and is conceptually identical: the player's avatar continually...

The Impossible Avatar Getaway Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The Impossible Avatar Getaway is neatly summed up by its title: The player controls their Xbox Avatar, who must escape...

Impossible Mission SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), Wii (2008), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986), PC-88 (1985) and Sharp X1 (1985)

You play a secret agent on a quest to stop the evil Professor Elvin Atombender, who is believed to be...

Impossible Mission Nintendo DS Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), Nintendo DS (2007), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

In six hours the evil Professor Elvin Atombender's nuclear missiles will launch and destroy strategic locations on the earth. Only...

Impossible Mission 2025 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The evil Elvin Atombender returns in this modernized version of Epyx's original game. Elvin has assembled a crack team of...

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