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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Atari 8-bit (1996)

Pająki II is a light gun shooter. Using the XG-1 Light Gun the player must kill all the spiders falling...

Pajama Sam's Lost & Found Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

Sam's room is a total mess and has lost some of his things throughout the lands he has visited in...

Pajama Sam's SockWorks Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

SockWorks is Sam’s answer to the arduous task of sorting socks. In this Junior Arcade game for kids 3-8 (or...

Pakacuda Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Pakacuda is a Pac-Man variant. The difference from other games of its kind is that it features an underwater theme....

Tatung Einstein (1984)

A bundle consisting of two illegitimate conversions of arcade classics Pacman and Centipede.Pakman stands out through its use of character...

DOS (1994)

Pako is a single player Pac-Man clone.Pako is a friendly looking yellow blob. His job is not to kill space...

DOS (1995)

Pako 2 is a Pac-Man variant and the follow-up to the original Pako. Just like in the original concept the...

DOS (2011) and Commodore 64 (2012)

Paku Paku is a Pac-Man conversion written to run on hardware three decades older than itself. Starting out as a...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Players pilot a spaceship through space inhabited by aliens, and below the spacecraft is terrain where several human prisoners resides....

Palette Browser Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Browser (2006)

Palette is a short game that won the 2006 student showcase award at the Independent Games Festival. The objective of...

PAM: Post Apocalyptic Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

PAM: Post Apocalyptic Mayhem is a car combat racing game. Drivers compete in violent races across post apocalyptic landscapes with...

PAM: Post Apocalyptic Mayhem - Chaos Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

The Chaos Pack for PAM: Post Apocalyptic Mayhem adds three new vehicles to the game: The Fuzz!, TOW'er and Ice...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Panarchy Fling iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Fire OS (2012)

Panarchy Fling is a twist on traditional pinball games, allowing you to control the ball (in this case - animals)...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Inspired by the arcade game Q*Bert, you take the role of Pancho who has to paint all the squares on...

Windows (2009)

Pandaland is a short retro-styled platformer based on the Swedish indie pop subculture of "pandas". You play as the panda...

PANDA RAMPAGE Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Browser (2011)

Panda Rampage is a free retro-inspired casual game.The gameplay is simple: brutally maul and eat humans on each level before...

Panda Run Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

The player controls a panda bear, ever traveling from left to right, following the mouse cursor for horizontal placement on...

Panda Spin Hero iPhone Front Cover

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

Panda Spin Hero is a follow-up to Panarchy Fling, using similar pinball mechanics where it is controlled by swiping it....

Panda Tactical Sniper Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Panda Tactical Sniper is a non-violent sniper game. During the course of 12 levels, players will have to help Panda...

ZX81 (2014)

Pandemic is a sequel to the 2010 game Virus by the same author. The game plays largely the same as...

Atari 8-bit (2002)

Pandemonium is a side scrolling action game. The player controls an owl which must safely go through a cave full...

Pandemonium! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1997), N-Gage (2003), PSP (2009), BREW (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009), N-Gage (service) (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The young sorceress Nikki, the court jester Fargus, and his side-kick Sid the puppet are the three main protagonists of...

Pandemonium 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997) and PS Vita (2012)

In this sequel to Pandemonium, the player once again controls the young aspiring sorceress Nikki and the court jester Fargus...

Acorn 32-bit (1991)

The legendary Pandora's Box has been opened, causing an entire kingdom to be poisoned by the evil that is unleashed....

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