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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Dragon 32/64 (1984)

From Microdeal's budget label comes a maze exploration/survival game with similarities to older arcade titles. As you start the game...

Pit-Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Lynx (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1990)

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Pit Pot: The Magical Castle SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1985)

The princess has been kidnapped and held captive inside the castle, and your job is to navigate each room by...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

The Pit is an arcade action game where the player controls an astronaut-explorer on an alien planet. The object of...

DOS (1990)

As the backstory has it, King Reginald Hornbluff of Regal City revives his realm's sagging economy and restores order to...

Browser (2013)

Pivot is a puzzle platforming game where the goal is to collect all 49 treasure chests spread out across rooms...

PIXEL! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel the Cat has gotten bored, and decides to leave the house and head off for the city to meet...

PixelJunk Eden PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

In PixelJunk Eden you control an arguably weird creature called a Grimp whose purpose is to expand the garden in...

PixelJunk Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This PC release combines the PS3 game PixelJunk Eden and its DLC PixelJunk Eden Encore into a single game, offering...

PixelJunk Eden Encore PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

PixelJunk Eden Encore is DLC for PixelJunk Eden. It introduces five new gardens and backgrounds for the game, as well...

PixelJunk Shooter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

PixelJunk Shooter is a 2D shooter in the PixelJunk series where the player controls a space ship. In the distant...

PixelJunk Shooter 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PixelJunk Shooter 2 is the sequel to PixelJunk Shooter. It is set immediately after the events of the first game...

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate combines the two PS3 titles PixelJunk Shooter and PixelJunk Shooter 2 into a single, seamless game. For...

PixelJunk SideScroller PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PixelJunk SideScroller is a 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to classic games like R-Type or Gradius. The graphics are...

Pixelkiller Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

"Lost on a far away planet... Thank God I brought my gun!"Pixelkiller is a deliberately retro-style action platformer where the...

Pixel Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel Man is a minimalist retro platforming game in which the goal is to get Pixel Man to the exit...

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Pixel Puzzles: UndeadZ is an untraditional jigsaw puzzle -- drag the pieces around the screen and drop them wherever they...

Pixel Runner Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

Pixel Runner is a 2D side-scrolling platform game. The protagonist, a human-like aggregation of pixels, moves rightwards and needs to...

Windows (2000)

The PixelShip is a popular toy in the year 2079! A battery powered two-foot long spaceship provides for hours of...

Windows (2006)

Pixelships Retro is the sequel to PixelShips. In this retro-themed game, the player chooses one of 160 different ships and...

Pixel Sword Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Ouya (2014)

Pixel Sword is simple 2D platform game. The player controls a brave hero with a sword. He jumps on various...

Pixel Whirled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and iPhone (2011)

Years ago, Pixel World won the war against the Evil Sprites, and banished them for what should have been forever....

Windows (2011)

In this 2D game the player has to guide Pixi to defend two stars from being kidnapped by Boxi. Pixi...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Pixie Pete is a single screen game viewed from the side inspired by the arcade game Dig Dug where you...

Pix the Cat Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Pix the Cat is a fast-paced game set in mazes using elements from Pac-Man and Snake. The protagonist is Pix...

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