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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Windows (2000)

Step into the boots of a fireman in this action shooter. The overall objectives are to put out raging fires...

In the Pit Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

In the Pit is a game where the player controls a blind monster at the bottom of a pitch-black pit....

DOS (1989)

The game takes place during the First Intifada, and casts the player as an Israeli soldier who has to stop...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Your mission is to enter a network of caverns on a remote planet and rescue the survivors from the crashed...

Into the Eagle's Nest DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Pandora's first game combines the Gauntlet style with the World War 2 setting, and specifically the Eagle's Nest building which...

DOS (1995)

Into the Sun: Projected Distruction (sic) is a Korean-made horizontally-scrolling shooter similar to IAS. The player controls a fighter craft...

Arcade (1983)

Controlling an agent, your mission is to enter an embassy, maneuver throughout each of the embassy's first four floors using...

Atari ST (1989)

Intruder is a side-scrolling shooter. The player controls a space ship, flies from left to right and shoots everything on...

Intrusion 2 Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2012)

Intrusion 2 is a fast-paced action-packed sci-fi platformer set on a 'reserve' planet occupied by a hostile military corporation conducting...

InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale is mainly a 2D anime fighting game based on the anime TV series of the...

Atari 2600 (1998)

This is an Atari 2600 version of Space Invaders designed to have eleven rows of invaders. It also adds three...

Atari 2600 (2004)

This is an updated version of the game INV. The following items were corrected or added: Scoring more closely matches...

Invader Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Invader is a vertical scrolling shoot-em-up for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. There are 8 levels to shoot through each...

Invader Attack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Invader Attack is a 3D, top-view, one-screen shoot-them-up game. There are many different types of levels, enemies, bosses and power-ups....

Atom (1981)

Invader Force is a Space Invaders clone. The player moves a laser cannon left and right and has to shoot...

Atari ST (1991)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone. A large group of aliens ordered in 5 rows with 9 columns moves back...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone, that tries to be as accurate a colour version ever possibly can be for...

ZX81 (1981)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone: In the game the player controls a gun which can move left and right...

DOS (1985)

The celebrated arcade sensation gets yet another clone - this time without the "Space" in its title, since instead of...

ZX81 (1981)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone not to be confused with the other game called Invaders for the ZX81. The...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Invaders is inspired by the arcade game Space Invaders and sees the Earth once again invaded by an alien force...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Invaders is a side view single screen shooter inspired by the arcade game Space Invaders where you control a laser...

DOS (1996)

Invaders 1978 is a clone of Taito's Space Invaders, modeled to closely resemble the original arcade version. The player is...

Windows (1995)

Invaders 95 is a single player, freeware clone of Taito's Space Invaders. The objective of the game is to achieve...

Invaders: Corruption Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Invaders: Corruption is a single-screen arena shooter similar to Geometry Wars. Players control a space ship, with a single life,...

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