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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Organ Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

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Organ Trail: Director's Cut iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

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Orguss SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1984)

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Ori and the Blind Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Ori and the Blind Forest is a 2D platform exploration game set in a large world. The protagonist is a...

Oricmunch Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

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Oriental Games Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The Oriental Games offer skilled martial artists the chance to prove themselves in Kung Fu, Kendo and the relatively brutal...

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ZX Spectrum (1987)

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The Original Mulan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

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The Original Strife: Veteran Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

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Atari ST (1993)

The Original is a Boulder Dash clone for 1-4 players. The game comes with 90 levels and in each of...

Original War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Original War looks like your standard RTS until you sit down and play it. It is similar to Myth, in...

O'Riley's Mine Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

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Commodore 64 (1983)

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Commodore 64 (1988)

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DOS (1991)

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DOS (1994)

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Ork Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

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Amiga (1994)

Ork Attack: The Return is a single player game that is very similar to the 1983 game Siege. Essentially this...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Orm and Cheep: Narrow Squeaks is a game based on the British children's puppet TV show from the 80s on...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Orm and Cheep: The Birthday Party is a game based on the British children's puppet TV show from the 80s...

Amiga (1989)

A simplistic "snake" clone written in AmigaBASIC. You guide a snake around the screen by pressing the M and N...

Orphan Feast Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Orphan Feast is set in London circa 1886. The player controls Creaky Tom, who is hired by Oliver Twisted to...

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