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 (2012)

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Windows (2006)

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Passion Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Passion Pinball is a pinball game with one fictional table without special obstacles. It features fixed keyboard controls, no tilting...

Commodore 64 (1984), Oric (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

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PlayStation (1997)

Pastel Muse is a puzzle game where you shoot colored balls down a slope to match them up with the...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

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Windows (2008)

Paster Master is a top-down arena shooter set inside a bowl of pasta at Migno's pizza restaurant "Pizza and diarrhoea"....

Pastfinder Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and MSX (1984)

Pastfinder is a vertically scrolling action game which takes place in the year 8878. You are a member of an...

PaTaank 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

If you've ever thought of what it feels like to be the ball in a pinball machine, playing PaTaank might...

Patapon PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

The Patapon tribe were once an incredible force to be reckoned with, guided by their god, Almighty. No foe was...

Patapon 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

This is a direct sequel to the game Patapon. The tiny eyeball warriors return in their quest to find "IT"...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Pathfinder is a collection of four single screen games aimed at children aged five to eight, with each game having...

Path of Exile Windows Front Cover Original cover

Windows (2013)

Path of Exile is a role-playing game with action combat; Diablo style. The game starts on the monster-infected continent Wraeclast...

Pathologic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

A Russian town, isolated for years from the surrounding influences of technology, finds itself subject to a terrible plague. The...

Macintosh (1993)

In the spring of 1993 the US government receives a distressing transmission from alien creatures that warn of an alien...

Pat Riley Basketball Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Super Real Basketball uses a scrolling court-side view to recreate the game, with 8 teams representing major US cities.These can...

DOS (1992)

Patriot Command is a shareware game for one or more players, it is one of many games based on the...

Patriotic Pinball PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Patriotic Pinball accurately describes the theme of the game. There are two tables in all, each with their own different...

Patriots: A Nation Under Fire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Patriots: A Nation Under Fire is a FPS which takes place in modern day United States during a terrorist attack...

Windows (2009)

Patrol is a police chasing game where you have to patrol the streets and suburbs of Moscow with a police...

Pat Sajak's Trivia Gems Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

Join host Pat Sajak as you show how much you know in this trivia game show. Offering numerous categories and...

Windows 3.x (1993)

Paulie Python is a snake that is hungry for mice. Your task is to guide the green python through various...

Paul Norman's Adventure Trilogy Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1988)

Collects the first 3 games designed by Paul Norman on 1 diskette:1) Aztec Challenge 2) Caverns Of Khafka 3) Forbidden...

Paws ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

In Paws you play a cat whose ten kittens have wandered off. With Bull Dog Billy and his Bully gang...

Windows 3.x (1995), CD-i (1998) and Macintosh (1995)

P.A.W.S. - Personal Automated Wagging System is a comical dog simulator. The game includes various activities for players to partake...

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