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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SNES (1994)

One day Lester was walking through Seaport City's loading docks reading the new issue of his favorite comic, "Super Duper...

Lethal Enforcers SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1993), SEGA CD (1993) and Arcade (1992)

Pick up your pistol and be the cop you need to be in order to rid the streets of the...

Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1994) and Arcade (1994)

In this sequel to Lethal Enforcers you are the sheriff of a town set in the old Wild West. Using...

Lethal Enforcers I & II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Lethal Enforcers I & II contains the Konami coin-op shooters Lethal Enforcers & Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters both on one...

Apple II (1987)

You are Joey and you're trapped in a deadly maze with a backpack full of rocks. Throw the rocks to...

Lethal League Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Lethal League is a one-on-one fighting game with a single projectile as the main means of attack for both characters....

Lethal League Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Lethal League is a 2D fighting game based on the prototype browser game of the same name where characters use...

Lethal Weapon Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In this game, based on the movie series, you can play as Martin Riggs or Roger Murtaugh to complete four...

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1993)

This version of Lethal Weapon has an emphasis on beating the bad guys with the fists, although Martin Riggs and...

Lethal Weapon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1992)

The movie license Lethal Weapon on the SNES is broadly similar to the game on computers, but features unique levels...

Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

After the events of Wings of Death, the once evil sorcerer Sagyr has been reintegrated into society and only does...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Lethal Zone is a German horizontal shooter in the same vein as the R-Type series of games. You control a...

Odyssey 2 (1984) and Videopac+ G7400 (1984)

Le Trésor Englouti + is an underwater treasure hunting game. The player controls a diver who has to enter three...

Arcade (2006)

Let's Go Jungle: Lost on the Island of Spice is an on-rails shooter for one or two players.Players take the...

Browser (2012)

Don't Look Back is the exception rather than the rule -- as the God of War series so clearly indicates,...

Let's Play: Schools Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Schools is another game in the Let's Play brand. In this game, the player acts as a young...

Let's Ride!: Corral Club Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Let's Ride: Corral Club is a horseback riding game. The game allows the player to customize the appearance of the...

Leucistic Wyvern Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Leucistic Wyvern is a third-person scrolling shooter reminiscent of Space Harrier. The player controls a wyvern from behind, shooting at...

Level 5 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Level 5 is a 2D top down shooter set in a maze. The player is trapped inside a giant alien...

Windows (1997)

Level Pack 8 is an unofficial add-on for Carmageddon. It includes several community-made levels and utilities (taken from the internet),...

Levels & Add-Ons für X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This unofficial add-on disc contains new missions, cheats, hints, tools and editors for Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter.

Leviathan Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Leviathan takes place on isometric science-fiction landscapes where all enemies have to be destroyed. So the player mans a space...

Lew Leon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Lew Leon (Leon the Lion) is a platform game that tells the story of a lion who tries to find...

LHX: Attack Chopper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Genesis (1992)

LHX: Attack Chopper is a helicopter simulation with a strong arcade focus. You can freely choose which missions to fly...

SNES (1994), Wii (2009), FM Towns (1994), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Arcade (1983)

Libble Rabble resembles Qix in that it consists of a series of single-screen stages where the goal is to cut...

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