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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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ZX81 (1983)

Scram - 81 is a clone of the arcade game Scramble which is viewed from the side with the screen...

Scramble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Vectrex (1982), Xbox 360 (2006) and Arcade (1981)

Scramble is a side scrolling shooter. Piloting a plane through varied (and mountainous) terrain, your goal is to infiltrate an...

ZX81 (1982)

Scramble is a horizontal side view shooter where the screen scrolls from left to right constantly. You control a spaceship...

3DO (1995)

Scramble Cobra is a 3-D helicopter action game, where the player takes command of a Cobra helicopter gunship, flying through...

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Scrambled is a word game originally developed to be a Scrabble trainer. The game has three modes of gameplay called...

MSX (1983)

In this straightforward shooter you control gun and you have to shoot as many eggs as possible. There are two...

Scramble Spirits Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Sega's take on the 1943 style of vertically scrolling shoot 'em ups was set in the future. Your fighter plane...

Scrap Collector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a collaboration between Mark Essen (messhof) and Jonatan Söderström (cactus) to create two games independently from each other,...

Scrap Metal Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Scrap Metal is a top-down car-combat game in the vein of Death Rally with intensive use of weapons. It features...

Scrapyard Dog Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1991) and Atari 7800 (1990)

In Scrapyard Dog you play the role of Louie, the junkyard guy, who's companion Scraps has been dognapped by the...

Screamer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2012)

Screamer is a traditional arcade racing game. The player can drive many different cars such as a Corvette, a Porsche...

PC-98 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

The Screamer is set in a dark futuristic environment. The existence of a megalopolis called Beast City depends on a...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

A top-down vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a World War 2 feel resembling 1942. You pilot your aeroplane through...

Screwjumper! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Screwjumper! takes the player behind the helm of a spaceship run by a wrecking crew of sorts out to attack...

Scribble 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Scribble 2 is a game is based of the children's activity of connect the dots (or dot the dots), in...

Scribblenauts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling action game based on puzzles. The goal is to have the character Maxwell overcome obstacles by...

Scribblenauts Remix iPad Front Cover First version

iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Scribblenauts Remix is the third game in the Scribblenauts series which takes stages from the first two games as well...

Scribblenauts Unlimited Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2012)

Scribblenauts Unlimited tells the story of Maxwell, who, after playing a prank on an old wizard, has to save his...

DOS (2004)

The name says it all: an early, proof-of-concept side-scrolling platform game exercise. The player controls a little man who moves...

Scrolling Walls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Another Break-out game, but in this game you'll find much more than the usual extras. The game features walls that...

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

For his own amusement, a Wizard has constructed a strange game inside his head. It takes place on a grid...

Scrubbles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), J2ME (2007), iPhone (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

A spaceship of rock-based aliens called Lumps invades the home bay of bubble-head creatures.Scrubbles is a Puzzle Bobble variant with...

Atari 2600 (2001)

In this game, you are a hard drive read head and must gather the bits in their correct color-coded order....

Scuba Dive Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Oric (1984)

Take on the role of a fearless pearl diver, as you plunge into the unknown ocean depths! You'll be swimming...

Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere the player takes control of the three children Johnny, Jill and Luke which get invited...

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