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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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Scarfman TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1981)

Scarfman is a derivative clone of the famous arcade classic Pac-Man for the TRS-80 platform. Its basic theme and function...

MSX (1986)

In this basic horizontal shooter you have to defend the earth from an alien invasion. Just blast your way through...

Windows (2000)

Scarlet Grains is an action-strategy game. Navigate perilous labyrinths, collecting coins and avoiding death raining down from above. Release powerful...

S.C.A.R.S. Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

In the world of 3000 AD, the world is run by 9 different supercomputers, who are horribly bored, so they...

Atari ST (1989)

In Scary you have to save your girlfriend from a haunted house. You control a bat and you have to...

Scarygirl Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Scarygirl is a platformer based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into a line of...

Scarygirl Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Scarygirl is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ex-football star and adventure Harry Johns has become stranded on Dr. Graves' island with his girlfriend Conny. Graves is a...

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Wii (2011)

In a humorous take on the eighties' sci-fi judgment day films, you play as either one of two cyborgs, Arnold...

Scavenger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Scavenger is a sci-fi top-down action game.In the game the player takes control of a small spacecraft with the goal...

Scentipede MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

Scentipede is a Centipede clone for the MSX.A long centipede-like insect being gradually moves down from the top of the...

Sceptre of Bagdad ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

You're Caliph - king of Iraq. An evil wizard from distant land broke into your palace, transforming it into a...

PC-88 (1988)

The inhabitants of the planet Rhea are being terrorized by a mysterious organization known as Hell Stones. To save his...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Schieten is a simple shooting game where a cannon moves from top to bottom and back on the left side...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Alphonse T. Nurd is a flunky to the scientist Bogdan Schtunk but wants to learn what his boss is up...

Schizoid Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

In Schizoid, which calls itself "the most co-op game ever", a red ship and a blue ship battle red and...

Schnappi: 3 Fun-Games PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation (2005)

Schnappi is a character out of an extremely successful German music clip and pop song called "Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil"...

Windows (2002)

In Schnock 'n Blopf, you control Schnock, who tries to open a gate in his dimension, but the evil Blopf...

Windows 3.x (1994), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1989)

Schoolyard Slaughter is a simple game (albeit an offensive one) wherein players earn points for shooting school children in the...

Scientology Pwned Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Scientology Pwned is a controversial arena shooter by Zi-Xiao Liang, created for a school project at Sheridan College.Players control a...

Sci-Fi Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A pinball simulator with five tables based on Sci-Fi Movies. Includes Predator, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer tables, as...

MSX (1985) and Arcade (1984)

Scion is a vertical scrolling shooter. Players have to shoot the alien space ships while destroying the ground structures. In...

Scooby-Doo Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Scooby's friends Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma have been kidnapped in an enormous castle owned by an evil genius. It's...

Scooby-Doo Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Scooby Gang must solve the mysteries of Spooky Island. Based on the live action motion picture, players must reunite...

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Scooby and his friends are at the Coolsville Criminology Museum's grand opening when the Pterodactyl Ghost suddenly escapes with other...

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