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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Operation Thunderbolt ZX Spectrum Front Cover

SNES (1994), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Operation Thunderbolt is the exciting sequel to Operation Wolf. An airliner is hijacked by terrorists en-route from Paris to Boston,...

Operation Thunderstorm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

It is World War II, 1942. Germany stands at its strongest as German troops are occupying the land from the...

Operation: Vietnam Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Operation Vietnam is a squad based real time strategy game where you control up to four elite soldiers whose helicopter...

Atari ST (1991)

Operation Wimp is a simple reflex game written in STOS. The background story is that you have managed to trap...

Operation Wolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2008), FM Towns (1990) and Arcade (1987)

You have been recruited for Operation Wolf, a desperate attempt to rescue prisoners from the enemy. Through a series of...

Operation Wolfsburg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Operation Wolfsburg is a low-budget, commercial World War II first-person shooter about the soldier Mike Baker. He is sent down...

Operation WOW iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Operation WOW can be considered a tribute to the classic arcade shooter Operation Wolf. The player must shoot enemies from...

The Operative: No One Lives Forever - Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

In this Game of the Year edition, there are plenty of new extras as well as the original classic: All...

The Operative: No One Lives Forever Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Some time in the 1960s, a former thief Cate Archer is the only female agent in the service of U.N.I.T.Y.;...

Ophidian Wars: Opac's Journey Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Opac's Journey is a side-scrolling platform game that follows the titular Opac as he explores the underground caves, searching for...

Opposites Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Opposites is a Tetris-style competitive puzzle game. Two players play simultaneously on the same field; one player adds white pieces...

The Orange Box Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

The Orange Box is a compilation of the following games: Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode Two...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Orange Squash is a single screen platformer where you play the role of Oswald the Orange, trying to escape his...

Orb-3D NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The evil space wizard Krohn has mastered the power to control a black hole, and plans on using this power...

Orbient Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Wii (2008)

Take control of a small star and consume all in your path! Orbital is an action game where you pilot...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Orbit 2000 is a clone of the classic arcade game Galaga and was released as a budget game on the...

Orbital Decay Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Orbital Decay is a combination of side-scrolling space shooter and defensive strategy. The story tells of a future empire of...

Browser (1999)

Orbital Defense is an Asteroids variant. The player controls a spaceship and must protect Earth's satellite network from subsequent alien...

Orbital Gear Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Orbital Gear is a fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter with mechs in space. The environments consist of celestial objects that can...

Orbiter ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Orbiter is an adaptation of the classic Defender arcade game. You control a craft that is flying over a rocky...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Orbitron is a single screen shooter where you are the last fighter pilot left to protect your planet, Hyperion from...

Windows (1997)

Orbsters is a singleplayer shareware arcade style game which is similar to the classic game Galaxian. Gameplay is very much...

Orbz Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2003), Zodiac (2004) and Macintosh (2002)

Orbz (unofficially known as Orbz 2 after version 2.0) is a combination of golf, Super Mario, and its own quirky...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Orc Attack: You Against the Hordes is a side-view single screen game where you must move along the top of...

Orcs Must Die! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

In Orcs Must Die! the player takes control of a war mage who has to defend a number of fortresses...

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