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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Popcorn! TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1981)

Popcorn! is a game based on the 1978 arcade game Avalanche by Atari (which itself spawned the Atari 2600 hit,...

Popeye NES Front Cover

NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), TI-99/4A (1984), Odyssey 2 (1982) and Arcade (1982)

As Popeye, you are trying to win Olive Oyl's love! She is at the top of the screen dropping tokens...

Popeye ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The object of the game is to collect hearts and deliver them to Olive Oyle to keep her 'lovemeter' topped...

Popeye Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Popeye is an action game based on the Popeye comics. Popeye finds himself in a maze (everything except the characters...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Strange happenings are afoot once again in Sweethaven and only Popeye can make it right. In Popeye 2, our spinach...

Popeye 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Popeye 2 is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player plays as Popeye. The player can walk in all...

Popeye no Eigo Asobi NES Front Cover

NES (1983)

This game aims to help younger Japanese speaking children learn some English vocabulary words. The game features Popeye the Sailorman,...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

While going out for a walk one day, Popeye and Olive Oyl were harassed by Bluto once again. Sick of...

Popful Mail SEGA CD Front Cover

SNES (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

The cute bounty hunter known as Popful Mail looks like she would have no trouble making a living slashing bad...

Popful Mail PC-98 Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994), PC-88 (1991) and PC-98 (1992)

Mail is a young, cute, enthusiastic female bounty-hunting elf. Unfortunately, every time a bounty is a near something goes wrong:...

Sharp X1 (1987)

In Popins you control a girl named Emily ("Emiry" in-game), the goal is to pick up 10 items to complete...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Pop 'n Magic is a platformer with single-screen stages, similar in concept to Bubble Bobble. Demons have attacked a lovely...

PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1998)

pop'n music is the first title in Konami's long-running rhythm game series, and the second Bemani series after the original...

pop'n music 10 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Arcade (2003)

pop'n music 10 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom...

PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1999)

pop'n music 2 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom...

PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

pop'n music 3 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise, and the first of two...

PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

pop'n music 4 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise, and the second of two...

PlayStation (2001) and Arcade (2000)

pop'n music 5 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom...

PlayStation (2002) and Arcade (2001)

pop'n music 6 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise, and the last to appear...

pop'n music 7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Arcade (2001)

pop'n music 7 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise, and the first to appear...

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Arcade (2002)

pop'n music 8 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom...

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Arcade (2002)

pop'n music 9 is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom...

PlayStation (2000)

Animation Melody is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running pop'n music rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Best Hits! is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the bottom of...

PlayStation (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Disney Tunes is one of the many titles in Konami's long-running pop'n music rhythm game franchise. Notes scroll toward the...

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