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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Atari ST (1989)

Parabellum is a multi-screen platform game written in STOS.In an earlier life you were a terrible person and as punishment...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

Parachute is a clone of a famous Nintendo's Game & Watch handheld game of the same name. The player controls...

Atari 8-bit (2011)

Parachute 2011 is a clone of a famous Nintendo's Game & Watch handheld game of the same name. The player...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

Parachute Deja Vu is a clone of a famous Nintendo's Game & Watch handheld game of the same name. The...

Parachute Panic iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

The goal of Parachute Panic is to guide a large number of skydivers to safety. Many planes are flying over...

Browser (2004)

In Parachute Retro, the player controls a helicopter back and forth attempting to drop people from height onto a truck...

Paradroid Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Wii (2008), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Paradroid is a top view shoot-em-up set aboard eight large space freighters filled with droids. After going through a storm...

Paradroid 90 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Paradroid 90 is a remake of the game Paradroid (released in 1985 for the Commodore 64) for slightly later systems.A...

Paragliding DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The game is an enhanced remake of the original Paraplane for Amstrad CPC.Different stages of player's skills allow you to...

PARAGON DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1990)

Street Ball is an Arcade/Puzzle game where your goal is to guide a bouncing ball through a maze collecting treasures...

Parallax Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

The entire world is in the grip of a computer known simply as The Big One. Its code is far...

Amiga (1992)

In Paramax, the player is trapped in a virtual world. It consists of several sub-worlds, representing the levels of the...

Paranautical Activity Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Paranautical Activity is a first-person shooter game which uses elements of the roguelike genre. It uses a retro graphical style,...

Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition is a re-release of Paranautical Activity with the following content added: Developer footage and commentary...

The Paranoia Complex Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The Paranoia Complex takes place in a city controlled by a rogue computer which has its dictatorial grasp over it....

PaRappa the Rapper PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and PSP (2006)

The rapping pup, PaRappa, dreams of impressing his friend, the beautiful Sunny Funny, and going out on a date with...

PaRappa the Rapper 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

PaRappa The Rapper 2 is the sequel to PaRappa The Rapper. Defeat the Noodle Syndicate by rapping your way through...

Parasite Eve II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Aya Brea is back in a new game. This time there are fewer RPG elements than the first game, and...

PlayStation (2000)

This Japan only re-release of Parasite Eve II was part of the Square Millennium Collection, a collection of Square games...

Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2008)

This sequel to Rainbow Islands sees a return to the gameplay of Bubble Bobble, but with Bub and Bob in...

PC Booter (1982)

Paratrooper is a single screen arcade action game where the player controls a stationary machine gun turret trying to shoot...

Paratrooper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1982)

Paratroopers is a single player shoot-em up game in which the aim is to achieve a high score.The player mans...

DOS (1999)

This game is based on the original Paratrooper game, but has some new features, like a 2-player-mode for example. Also...

Pariah Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

You play Jack, a doctor on a transport ship. The ship is transporting a woman who suffers from a previously...

Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest is a Bejeweled/Jewel Quest clone starring model/actress/singer Paris Hilton. The game is played on a board...

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