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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OverKill DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

You arrive at your home planet after a long space flight, only to find it has been destroyed by a...

Overkill & Lunar-C Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1993)

This CD contains two shoot 'em ups. The games are:Overkill - a Defender clone Lunar-CLunar-C is unique in that it...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Overlander sees Elite attempt a Roadblasters style driving game with shooting overtones, with the action viewed from behind your armour-plated...

Overlord Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

What a bad time to wake up from a long sleep. Gnarl, your minion master decided to interrupt your peaceful...

Overlord II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Well things didn't go so well for the Overlord at the end of Overlord: Raising Hell. Although he managed to...

Overlord Minions Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Overlord Minions brings the Overlord franchise onto the Nintendo DS platform. In Minions, you control a team of four minions...

Overlord: Raising Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

At the end of Overlord you killed the original Overlord and took complete control over the land - but someone...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

Override is a vertically-scrolling shooter in which the player controls a fighter craft on a mission to stop an alien...

Atari ST (1994)

Overscan Invaders is a Space Invaders clone that relies on the overscan technique giving the player 32 colors on the...

Over the Hedge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and GameCube (2006)

Over the Hedge is based on the movie with the same name. Verne and his woodland family wake-up from their...

Over the Hedge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

In this game, based on the Dreamworks movie of the same name, players control RJ the raccoon and Verne the...

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! is a single-player top-down view touch screen game. The animals meet a new friend...

Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Take control of the zany characters from the animated film Over the Hedge in a brand new storyline that continues...

Over the Net! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In Over the Net you can play Volleyball matches lasting 1, 3 or 5 sets, with each set being won...

Over The Void Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Over The Void is a game of exploration set in a psychedelic universe. It is played as a first-person platformer...

Owl Country Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Owl Country is a collaborative effort between different indie developers who came together at the Game Developer's Conference in March...

Oxxonian Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Oxxonian's people are under attack from the super-villain Zargo. Using a Transnuclear Hypernipple device he beams some fearsome enemies from...

Oxymous Prime Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oxymous Prime is a hybrid between a shot'em up and a platform game, developed with RPG Maker VX and released...

Atari 2600 (1998)

"In the Irata solar system lies the planet Stella. It is surrounded by an energy belt. In this belt there...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1979)

Ozma Wars is a scrolling shooter conversion of Space Invaders. Instead of discrete lives the game instead has a constantly...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players control Ozzy who was forced to land his spaceship on a planet after it ran out...

P1XL Party iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

P1XL Party is a collection of original, retro-styled games covering several genres. There are currently five games in the collection:...

P-38 Lightning Tour of Duty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

P-38 Lightning is an add-on for Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, adding this tough plane to the action. There are...

P47 Thunderbolt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), iPhone (2011) and Arcade (1988)

The P-47 was one of the toughest planes in use in World War 2, and this side-scrolling shoot 'em up...

Supervision (1992)

P52 Sea Battle is an arcade naval battle game with four types of targets: Destroyer, Torpedo (Submarines), Aircraft (Carrier), and...

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