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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Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

This Ultimate Edition includes: Injustice: Gods Among Us 6 DLC characters: Batgirl General Zod Lobo Martian Manhunter Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)...

Windows (2001)

In this inline skating simulation the ultimate goal is to gather points by performing stunts. These stunts can involve the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Inner Space is a horizontally side scrolling shooter where you control a spaceship and must blast wave after wave of...

Inner Worlds DOS Front Cover

Linux (1996) and DOS (1996)

Inner Worlds is a side-scrolling fantasy action game in which you play the role of a woman named Nikita who...

Inordinate Desire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Inordinate Desire is a turn-based strategy game with action elements. As commander of a spaceship carrier you have to conquer...

In Pursuit of Greed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

It is the year 15432, and criminal organizations are flourishing. Scavenging has become increasing profitable, since the criminal elite is...

Inquisition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This game takes place in France during the medieval 14th century when the Holy Inquisition reigned over the populus and...

Inquisitive Dave Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dave wakes up in a cell, having no idea who he is and where he came from. The only thing...

Insane 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Insane 2 is a multi-player racing game and a direct sequel to 1NSANE. The game's emphasis is on multi-player gameplay...

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a side-scrolling action game in which an alien in a small flying saucer has to...

Insaniquarium! Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and J2ME (2006)

An independent developer's action game, Insaniquarium puts the player in the troublesome role of an aquarium owner- purchasing various kinds...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

This shoot 'em up scrolls vertically at constant speed. As well as waves of aliens, there are lots of mounted...

DOS (1994)

As a naval agent your job is to find the secret undersea laboratory of evil scientist, Dr. Riptide and give...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Insecticide is a handheld take on the PC version. In the future, Insects have become the dominant species on Earth...

Insecticide: Part 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Insecticide: Part 1 is set in a world that has been overtaken by insects. It takes place a long time...

Windows (2005)

Insect Invade II is an action game where the player controls a naked man who is trying to defend himself...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

You play the role of Insector Hecti, a computerised detective who explores and protects computer circuits. You have been sent...

Insector X Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), NES (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Mecha Insect forces collide in this side-scrolling shooter, set in a garden, passing buildings and other scenery. Fight wasps, bees...

Insects in Space Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Insects in Space is a side-scrolling shooter with similarities to Defender. Insects killed everyone on Earth except a few babies....

Atari 8-bit (1990)

Inside is a side-scrolling action game for up to two players, based on the C64 game Chip-War. The player controls...

Inside a Star-filled Sky Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Inside a Star-filled Sky is a top-shooter set inside maze-like environments. The player controls a creature that can be guided...

Virtual Boy (1995)

Insmouse no Yakata is an action game where the player must survive many mazes filled with mutated monsters. When starting...

SNES (1993)

Inspector Gadget is on yet another mission against the evil Doctor Claw and his army of M.A.D. (Mean And Dirty)...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Based on the DIC animated show of the same name, Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission is a standard platform game, similar...

Inspector Gadget and the Circus of !!Fear!! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

When the International Circus comes to town, a mysterious series of disappearances begin, and Inspector Gadget is called into help....

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