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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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Saturday Night Slam Masters SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), FM Towns (1993) and Arcade (1993)

Saturday Night Slam Masters is a wrestling game. Ten wrestlers with different fighting styles and individual special attacks are available....

Saturn Bomberman SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

An all out party game, this Saturn exclusive title has you controlling the little blue bomber along with up to...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Aliens in their flying saucers have invaded Earth and have set their sights on destroying the capital of the USA,...

Savage DOS Front Cover

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

Savage contains three different parts, each with its own style. You can play all three, but to get more than...

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is the sequel to 2003's Savage: The Battle for Newerth, a game which mixes real...

Savage Arena Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Savage Arena is a futuristic handball game, funded by local crime lords for amusement. The game is violent, fast and...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

The goal for the player of Savage Pond is to build a colony of frogs. At the start, only a...

Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1995)

The evil King Lion has crowned himself as the master of Fuun-Ken, a new style of martial arts that includes...

Savage Skies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Savage Skies is an aerial dragon combat game for the PlayStation 2. This fantasy themed game has wide range of...

Savage: The Battle for Newerth Linux Front Cover Legion of Man side

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

As the name implies, 'Newerth' is the New Earth some long time in the future after man has managed to...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Savage: The Ultimate Quest for Survival has you play as a lion on the Serengeti. In each level you must...

Savage Warriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

A fighting game pitting warriors plucked out of time and forced to battle each other. Savage Warriors features 10 main...

DOS (1998)

Larisa Oleynik (teen actress from The Secret World of Alex Mack) has gotten herself trapped in a hellish ASCII chemical...

Save New York Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

"Save New York" is a shooter where the action takes place on one screen only; but there are lots of...

Save the Whales Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1984)

Some whales are traveling from the Arctic Ocean to Baja to breed. The bad news is a whaling ship in...

Saw Windows Front Cover

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

Based on the popular movie franchise of the same name, Saw casts the player as the former detective David Tapp,...

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

In this sequel to Saw, Michael Tapp, son of Detective David Tapp from the first game and the movies, is...

SBK: Snowboard Kids Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

SBK: Snowboards Kids is a handheld remake of the console versions, where players can select any of eight different characters,...

Scaler PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Bobby Jenkins lives next door to Leon a scientist on the verge of discovering a device that can stabilize and...

Scamperghost Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Scamperghost borrows from the concept of Pac-Man, but with a twist and turns it into a pure avoidance game. It...

Scan Command: Jurassic Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In Scan Command: Jurassic Park the story, as in most movie-based games, is more of a backdrop to the dinosaur...

SCARAB Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Scarab is an action strategy game, with the major emphasis being on strategy elements. Scarab was designed to be played...

Scarab Shooter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Scarab Shooter is a Bust-a-Move clone with an Egyptian theme. Rows of differently colored bubbles will slowly move down from...

Scare Bear Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Fred Bear has decided to have a cheese sandwich for his supper. Eating it has made Fred tired, so he...

Scarface: The World is Yours Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Wii (2007)

Miami in the '80s: gangs, drugs and hookers dominate the scene and a Cuban called Tony Montana rises up to...

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