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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Oids Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1987) and Macintosh (1990)

Oids may be described as a cross between the classic arcade games Gravitar and Choplifter, including a game editor for...

Oil's Well DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Guide your drilling bit through the underground tunnels and collect the dots of oil. Be sure to avoid the underground...

Oil's Well Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and MSX (1985)

Extend your oil-mining robotic arm deep below the earth's crust to mine oil and line your pockets. But watch out...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Oink! is based on the fairy tale of the three little pigs. The big bad wolf is trying to blow...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Oink! is based on the British comic magazine of the same name. The chief editor, Uncle Pigg, has a problem:...

Ōkami PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world...

Ōkamiden Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

In a fitting reflection of the relationship shared with Amaterasu, the powerful sun goddess who embodied a wolf in Ōkami,...

Old Ironsides Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Old Ironsides is a two player game that simulates nineteenth century naval combat. The action takes place on a single...

Old School Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Chris wakes up in a dark, spike-filled cavern with no recollection of how long he's been out. What happened? Mango!...

Oleg Sobolev's ASCII DOOM DOS Front Cover file_id.diz

DOS (1999)

If indeed DOOM can be boiled down to shooting people with a shotgun from a first-person perspective while running around...

Oliver & Company Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You are Oliver, a cat from the Disney movie "Oliver & Company". The game is a 3rd person perspective arcade...

Windows (2000)

Olive Wars! is one of a package of games produced by The Code Zone. Games from this package were used,...

Ollie's Follies Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Ollie has made the mistake of entering a factory which turns out to be ran by evil robots. It is...

Olli & Lissa 3: The Candlelight Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This is the third game starring the doggie duo, and it features Olli's attempt to retrieve the parts for his...

Olli & Lissa: The Ghost of Shilmore Castle ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Panic at Shilmore Castle! For years it is inhabited by ghost Sir Humphrey and his pals Olli and Lisa but...

OlliOlli Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2015), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

OlliOlli is a 2D side-scrolling street skateboarding game with a pixel visual style. The player guides a skateboarder through different...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this game, players navigate a spaceship, using its built-in laser to destroy enemy ships in the process. Once players...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Players control an UFO equipped with two types of weapons: laser shots that destroy any aircraft that approaches it, and...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ollo: Missions I & II is a collection of the following two games by Entertainment and Computer Products Pty. Ltd:...

DOS (1995)

Olmang Jolmang Paradise is a Space Harrier-like arcade 3D shooter that allows one or two players to control characters from...

Amiga (1999)

Hundreds of thousands of years into the future, the descendants of mankind live on artificial planets in a solar system...

Omega Assault PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Omega Assault is a shooter where the player takes control of a large mech robot. The game is played from...

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

For centuries the intelligence known as AlphaCore has been growing inside of human computer networks, slyly and invisibly pushing humanity...

Omega Enfo Bla Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Omega Enfo Bla is a quirky collection of mini-games played in quick succession, similar in gameplay to the WarioWare games....

Omega Five Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Omega Five is a horizontal shoot-em-up, spanning four levels. The player can choose between up to four playable characters. Each...

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