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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Apple II (1981)

A compilation of 4 action games of various genres:Creepy Corridors,Mine Sweep,Apple Zap,and Space Race.

Lafuma Unlimit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Lafuma Unlimit is a platform game. The world is invaded by horrible polluting blobs, run by the king of the...

Lagaf': Les Aventures de Moktar - Vol 1: La Zoubida Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Moktar is an Arabian man who is lost in the big city. You must bring him back to the Arab...

Lagoon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

In the far off world of Lakeland, all was peaceful. This was until an evil being known as Zerah came...

L'Aigle d'Or Oric Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986), Oric (1986), Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1986)

L'Aigle d'Or is an action-adventure game and the first episode of a series.Start by giving a name to the hero...

Lair PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Lair is a game set exclusively on a fantasy-medieval world and concerns a war between two civilizations – the Asylian...

Lair of the Evildoer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Lair of the Evildoer is a top-down shooter set in a closed environment that consists of 20 floors. The player...

The Lake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Lake is a short interactive story created in three days using Construct for the TIGSource Commonplace Book competition, where...

Windows (2006)

La La Land is the first title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player and...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 2 is the second title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 3 is the third title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 4 is the fourth title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 5 is a surreal platform game. It features Biggt, who resembles a bat, a Bible salesman. Everyday...

Atari ST (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Thomson TO (1988)

In this game based on the famous Belgian comics of the same name, you take control of Sir Francis Blake...

Apple II (2013)

Life as a sheep farmer is no easy task, especially when your flock goes missing (did you forget to lock...

Lame Castle iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010) and Android (2010)

Lame Castle is a game where the player's goal is to destroy the castle at the end of each level....

Lament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Lament is a puzzle platformer controlling the girl Emma and it incorporates patterns of sounds to solve puzzles. Emma needs...

DOS (1992)

A small 'Lemmings' clone with a twist. This time around you have to kill the "Lamers" instead of saving them,...

PC-88 (1987) and Sharp X1 (1987)

UFO sightings and alleged contacts with aliens that were widespread in the second half of the 20th century eventually became...

Philips VG 5000 (1984)

Located on an island somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea is the fortress of the nefarious Andreas "Scarfinger" Skarfos, who has...

La•Mulana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

La•Mulana is a platform title that was five years in development and was designed to look like an MSX game....

Lancaster Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

This is a flight simulator where you get to play the gunner of a Lancaster bomber in WW2. The bombing...

Apple II (1983)

The arcade shooter Lancaster is the first game by Will Harvey. The player controls a starship on the static screen....

Atari 8-bit (1996)

Lancelot is a platform game. The player assumes the role of a green gnome, named Lancelot. His task is to...

Lancer Lords Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Lancer Lords is a single player combat game that has the player jousting with other knights atop an ostrich. Every...

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