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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Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

Onimusha: Warlords is set in 16th century Japan during the period of the civil war dominated by Nobunaga Oda. You...

The only game better than Fancy Pants Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

The only game better than Fancy Pants comes from the author of The Fancy Pants Adventures, Brad Borne. To win...

Windows (2001)

With more weapons than you can poke a stick at, Onslaught is a blast 'em up with attitude. No detailed...

Onslaught DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Xbox 360 (2009)

As a highly respected warrior, you are attempting to conquer as many regions as possible. This is a three-stage task,...

Onslaught Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Avatar Onslaught pits the player against an endless army of advancing Xbox Avatars in a water balloon fight. The player...

Onslaught Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Onslaught is a first-person shooter that centers around the Elite Interstellar Strike Force. The player is a member of the...

Ontamarama Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Onpu Island is an island populated by musical spirits called Ontama. These strange, multicolored creatures can allow skilled performers, called...

On the Ball SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), FM Towns (1994), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1990)

There's a kind of knick-knack you may find in dusty games rooms, a maze through which you navigate a marble...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In the low light areas of a city, a stray cat is out to prove that it is the meanest...

Onyanko Town NES Front Cover

NES (1985)

In Onyanko Town, a kitten named Michael has wandered outside its house and has now gotten lost. Now, it's up...

Atari ST (1990)

Onyx is a side scrolling shoot em up game coded in 68000 machine code in which the player controls a...

Windows 3.x (2015)

The Onyx Arcade II is a compilation of four simple (but compilation-exclusive) games designed to be playable in a window...

Ooga Booga Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Ooga Booga takes place on a set of mystical islands in the tropics. Named after the Volcano Goddess, the Ooga...

MSX (1988)

"O Ogro" is a brazilian maze game for the MSX computers.In it you control a small round character and you...

Ooops Up Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

In this game, you are a space traveller lost in space. You have to travel to 100 stars (or levels),...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Oops! is an arcade puzzle game where the aim is to move a Quadroid over 32 levels, collecting eight gravity...

Oopsy's Bubble Bumpers Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Oopsy is the clumsy one of the Care Bears. In this game he falls through the sky, bouncing on bumpers,...

The Ooze Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

The Ooze is quite a little known (and bizzarre) game that was released towards the end of the Genesis's lifecycle....

Oozi: Earth Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oozi: Earth Adventure is a classic style platformer game in which the player controls Oozi, a crash-landed alien attempting to...

OpenArena Linux Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008), Android (2013) and Ouya (2013)

OpenArena is a free, community-developed first-person shooter, similar to Quake III: Arena as it is based on the source code...

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2011)

OpenClonk is an open source 2D multiplayer action game about mining, settling and fast-paced melees. It is the successor of...

OpenOffice (included games) Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

An easter egg is often just one more program tossed in to a cumbersome mix of other programs; in this...

Open Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2006), Xbox 360 (2006) and Wii (2006)

In this game the player takes the role of Boog, a domesticated bear who tries to return to the civilization...

Open Season Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Open Season for GBA is based on the film, and is quite different from the console version. The story in...

Open Season PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Open Season is based on the Sony Pictures Animation's CG animated film of the same name. The plot of the...

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