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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Lineage: The Blood Pledge Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

In this online RPG of Korean origin, the player can explore the medieval world of Lineage as one of the...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Former Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur striker who is England's 2nd highest scorer with 48 goals, lent his name to...

Atari 8-bit (2000)

Line Kiler is an arcade 'Light Cycle' game. The game allows two human players to compete on a single screen...

Line of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Unusually, this Operation Wolf-influenced shoot 'em up sees you start behind enemy lines, and gradually attempting to escape. As you've...

Line of Fire SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

A man by the name of Jack infiltrates an enemy base and discovers a secret weapon. Soon he is hunted...

Line of Sight: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You are a sniper of the american 5th special forces compound in Nha Tong, Vietnam. Your mission in simple. Disrupt...

Line Runner Android Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Line Runner is a simple side-scrolling arcade action game. The player's task is to jump over and roll through square...

DOS (1990)

Cobra Mark IV multi-purpose General Contact Vehicle is an astonishing stellar vehicle. It's got beam lasers mounted up front and...

DOS (1994)

3-D space shooter a la Wing Commander but on shareware. You are some sort of space marshal/cop, and have to...

Linkle Liver Story SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

Linkle Liver Story is an action-oriented RPG that takes place on a distant planet called Mamuuna whose inhabitants are humans...

Link's Crossbow Training Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Link's Crossbow Training is bundled with the Wii Zapper peripheral and allows players to step into the boots of Link...

Link: The Faces of Evil CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

This is one of three Zelda-based games released for the CD-i. Ganon and his cronies have seized the island of...

Lion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Lion is a sequel to Wolf: you are now placed in the same simulation environment, but this time you simulate...

iPad (2013)

Lionel Battle Train is a tower defense on rails game that asks players to make deliveries across various terrains using...

Lionheart Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

As Valdyn aka "Lionheart", you will have to travel deep into the territory of your king's enemy to retrieve a...

The Lion King DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1996), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Young Simba just can't wait to be king. His father is the current King of the Savannah and the young...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Lions of the Universe is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up set in space, with a feel resembling Armalyte in many...

Amiga (2003), SEGA Saturn (1998), TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1990)

In Mizubaku Daibouken, you play Hipopo the Hippopotamus who must venture through a large number of enemy-packed levels in search...

Windows (2005)

Liquisity is a problem-solving action game where the player must get a ball past obstacles into a goal. Each level...

Litil Divil Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1993), Windows (2011), Amiga CD32 (1994), CD-i (1994) and Macintosh (2014)

A little devil named Mutt is a rather lazy character who prefers to do nothing in his own cozy part...

Litron Android Front Cover

Android (2015)

Litron is fast arcade-like game inspired by Snake, Tron and 99 Problems. It uses 80's bright neon visuals with ghosting...

Little Big Adventure: Enhanced Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

This Enhanced Edition contains a port of the mobile version of Little Big Adventure (which is a port itself) as...

LittleBigPlanet PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

LittleBigPlanet is a puzzle platformer where the player controls sackboys. It takes the characters on an adventure through levels with...

LittleBigPlanet PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Travel to the world of LittleBigPlanet, where dreams and imagination run wild! Become a Sackperson, and dress them up as...

LittleBigPlanet 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

When an inter-dimensional vacuum cleaner called the Negativatron appears, Sackboy must step back into action, alongside Larry Da Vinci and...

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