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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Archon II: Adept Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The sequel to Archon, Archon II: Adept features a more complex board and enhanced gameplay.Each side plays as an Adept...

Archon: The Light and the Dark PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Amiga (1985), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Palm OS (2000), Macintosh (1986), iPhone (2012), PC-88 (1986), iPad (2012), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1988)

Archon: The Light and the Dark is a strategic board game with some similarities to chess. Two sides, a light...

Archon Ultra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Archon Ultra is a complete remake of Archon. The game features a completely rewritten game engine, new graphics and sound...

Windows (2009)

Arc & Malice is a short platformer with a Victorian theme. The player commands a sergeant called Olaf who winds...

The Arc of Yesod Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

In Nodes of Yesod, a monolith was discovered on the moon that transferred data vital to earth's security to an...

ARC Squadron: Redux Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

ARC Squadron: Redux is a sci fi fighter pilot game in which the player takes on the role of a...

DOS (1991)

Six months after the events of Pharaoh's Tomb, the young assistant-turned-treasure hunter Nevada Smith yearns for another discovery. Not willing...

NES (1990) and Supervision (1992)

Penguin & Seal is an arcade action game similar to Pengo. The player controls a penguin who must gather gems...

Arctic Baron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

The Viking Union has a very dominant role in your society, as they control the vast railway networks. Could they...

Arctic Blue Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

In an unlikely partnership, a friendly whale swims beneath an exploration boat attempting to recover crates of flotsam and jetsam...

Arcticfox DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

In 2005, aliens have taken over Antarctica. You are sent in to combat them with the new super tank, the...

Arctic Moves DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Atari ST (2000)

The message used our frequency, but it didn't come from any of our commanders. It couldn't be! After verifying its...

Arctic Stud Poker Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A combination of poker and combat racing, Arctic Stud Poker Run puts you in the driver's seat of an all-terrain...

Arctic Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Arctic Tale is based on the National Geography documentary of the same name. Players control a polar bear (both cub...

Arctic Tale Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

The Wii version of Arctic Tale offers similar gameplay to the handheld versions, but in full 3D. The player controls...

Arcus Odyssey Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Long time ago, an evil sorceress Castomira decided to conquer the world. But a good princess revolted against her, and...

Ardennes Offensive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Ardennes Offensive is a World War II first person shooter set during the Battle of the Bulge. The player takes...

Ardok the Barbarian Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ardok the Barbarian is the US release of Asterix and the Magic Cauldron. Since the comic character Asterix is mainly...

Ardy Lightfoot SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

In this 2D platform game, you play as Ardy Lightfoot - a cat-like creature - with your friend Pec, a...

Ardy the Aardvark Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Ardy the Aardvark is a maze-game inspired by, and a near clone of, the arcade game Anteater. The player navigates...

Area 51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1995)

Using a light gun you blast your way through the secret base, Area 51, which has been taken over by...

Area-51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Area 51, the urban legend, is a U.S. military-controlled base in the Nevada desert, apparently containing a secret aircraft testing...

Windows (2003)

aReaker Water can be best described as a mixture between a Breakout game and a Pinball game.Like usual, you have...

Amiga (1992)

Arena is a puzzle game with strong action elements. In each of the about hundred levels, the player controls a...

Amiga (1992)

Arena 2000 is a puzzle game in which the player character has to collect stones and put them into holes...

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