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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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...

Nintendo DS (2006)

Open Season is based on the Sony Pictures Animation's CG animated film of the same name, where a rowdy brood...

Open, Sesame! Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Open, Sesame! is an action platform game. You control Ali Baba, and your goal is to reach the cave of...

Open Sonic the Hedgehog Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Open Sonic is a freeware, open-source platformer inspired by the venerable Sonic games of the nineties, but with some differences...

DOS (1989)

Operacion Cyborg is a side-scrolling run and gun game. In the game the player takes the role of a hero...

Operacja Wąż Morski Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Operacja Wąż Morski is an arcade naval battle game. During an operation called Sea Serpent a submarine ship ran into...

Opera Slinger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Opera Slinger is a unique blend of platforming action and karaoke game. You play the part of Forte, Opera Slinger...

Operation Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Operation is a computer game adaptation of the classic board game where the goal is to gingerly remove objects from...

Operation Blockade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Operation Blockade seems to be the unofficial sequel to Infogrames' earlier Beach Head 2002 as it's quite similar. The only...

Operation Blood Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Operation Blood is a first-person shooter. The player has to rescue imprisoned scientists. The protagonist, Captain Gamow, faces the enemy...

Operation Body Count DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In the year 2012, Foreign Terrorists led by the infamous Victor Baloch have taken control of the Twin "U.N towers"...

Operation C Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Operation C is a Game Boy sequel to the popular NES titles Contra and Super C and is, essentially, a...

DOS (1996)

Operation Carnage is an arena shooting game similar to Smash TV. The player controls a guy who tries to wreak...

Operation: Cleanstreets DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

You're Dirty Harry and you need to find and beat up dealers to get drugs and burn them outside the...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Operation Fireball is a horizontal scrolling shooter viewed from above at an elevated angle, with the screen scrolling constantly from...

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Operation Flashpoint is designed as a realistic simulation of the modern army. The game takes place on large islands where...

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Windows Front Cover

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

Skira is a lovely little island in the Pacific Ocean just north of Japan and was always the center of...

Windows (2009)

The Special Edition includes: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising A real and used army helmet with the game-logo imprinted Coupon for...

Operation Flashpoint: Elite Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Operation Flashpoint: Elite is a port of the original Operation Flashpoint and its expansion Resistance for Xbox, but adds some...

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Gold Edition of Operation Flashpoint contains the original game and the Gold Upgrade (including the Red Hammer campaign).

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