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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Atari 8-bit (1986)

Your civilization is under attack, and it's down to you and your Laser Hawk helicopter to put things right. Destroy...

NES (1991)

In Laser Invasion you are trying to stop the enemy from deploying a new type of super weapon while saving...

Laser Lords CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1992)

Laser Lords is a comedic adventure game that takes place in space.In the game the player takes on the role...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Laser Run owes its entire gameplay to the sequence of the Star Wars arcade game where you fly through a...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Laser Snaker puts you in control of a hungry snake, which must travel around the screen eating all the variously...

Windows (1995)

LaserTank or Laser Tank is a 2D puzzle-solving game, similar to Lasermania or Laser Kombat. The player controls a tank,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Laser Tanks is multiplayer tank battling game. Two players have to duke it out in either an easy or hard...

ZX Spectrum (1990)

Laser War is a simple arcade game inspired by the movie Tron. Basically, it is a "light-cycles" competition, where the...

Laser Zone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

One of Jeff Minter's early eighties shoot'em'ups in his typical frantical style, Laser Zone has you controlling not one, but...

Last Action Hero DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Danny Madigan is watching a sneak preview of the latest film of his favourite hero, Jack Slater, when he is...

Amiga (1994)

The Amiga game based on the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Last Action Hero is a side-scrolling brawler in the vein...

Game Boy (1993) and Game Gear (1993)

The 1993 action/comedy/fantasy film Last Action Hero received a unique adaptation for portable systems. Like other versions, the game combines...

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The 16-bit console version of the movie license Last Action Hero combines side-scrolling beat'em up levels with driving sequences.Players control...

NES (1993)

Last Action Hero for the NES adapts the 1993 Schwarzenegger film as a side-scrolling action title.Players control action hero Jack...

Last Alert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1989)

In the near future, a cabal of 4 very evil, powerful men known as The Force is planning world domination...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In 21st century, an alien race known as Kron began to prepare for an assault on the Earth. A defensive...

Last Battle Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1989), Amiga (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1989)

Last Battle is a side-scrolling beat-em-up game in which the player takes control of a martial artist named Aarzak who...

The Last Blade 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000), Neo Geo (1999), Neo Geo CD (1999), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1998)

The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai is a 2D fighting game which features anime-style characters that fight each...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

A port of the successful 2D fighter Last Blade for the NeoGeo Pocket Color. The port features nearly all the...

The Last Blade PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Neo Geo (1998), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1998), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1997)

Choose one of several characters to play with, each with their own unique moves and special attacks. Each stage in...

The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996), Arcade (1994) and DVD Player (2003)

The Last Bounty Hunter is a simple shooter in the tradition of American Laser Games's Mad Dog McCree. Fairly simple...

Last Bronx Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1996)

The leader of Soul Crew, the toughest gang in Tokyo, was viciously killed. Shortly after that an anonymous challenge appeared...

Last Bullet Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Last Bullet is an adventure game centering around the story of Karin Hibiki, a young girl whose father has gone...

Windows (2007)

Last Chaos is an MMORPG of Korean origin where different mortal races fight in the land of Iris. The land...

Windows (2008)

This special edition includes: Last Chaos Manual World map Special pet (a pink dragon) and a naming sign for a...

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