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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Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

This slow-paced methodical shoot 'em up is viewed from top down, with your ship flying up the screen. The game's...

DOS (1982)

An artillery game for two human players, who get placed on both sides of a randomly-selected landscape and proceed to...

Artillery Brigade iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Artillery Brigade is a fixed-position shooter where the player can't move but can rotate in any direction. The player's mission...

Art is Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Your uncle has died and left you a very strange house. Each room has a famous painting that comes alive...

DOS (1997)

Goplanes is a four-way scrolling shooter inspired by Sopwith, which puts you at the controls of an old-school, early 20th...

Art of Fighting SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1994), Neo Geo (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1994), Neo Geo CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1992)

Yuri Sakazaki has been kidnapped! Her big brother Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, his best friend, go search for her...

Art of Fighting 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Neo Geo (1994), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1994)

In this sequel to the original Art of Fighting, and prequel to the original Fatal Fury, we learn that Mr....

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of The Warrior Neo Geo CD Front Cover Limited Edition

Neo Geo (1996), Neo Geo CD (1996), Wii (2013) and Arcade (1996)

In this third and final entry in the Art of Fighting series, the story shifts from Ryo Sakazaki to his...

Art of Fighting Anthology PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This is a compilation of the three games in the Art of Fighting series:Art of Fighting Art of Fighting 2...

Art Style: KUBOS Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

In Art Style: KUBOS, the player must navigate an ever-hightening tower of cubes, turning each cube from grey to coloured...

Art Style: Pictobits Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Take on the challenge of Pictobits, where you reconstruct iconic 8-bit art from an assortment of retro Nintendo titles, including...

Artura DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Artura is a side-scrolling platform game. The game semi-utilizes the mythology of King Arthur in that you play as Artura,...

Arumana no Kiseki NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The Arumana, a legendary red jewel, has been stolen, and the villagers have all turned to stone. Now it's up...

Arx Fatalis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2003)

Arx was a once a prosperous place. However, after one night the sun of the world of Exosta never rose...

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Another representative of numerous group called 'space shooters'. With classic cosmic ship under your command you have two usual objectives...

SEGA Master System (1996)

Chefinho is sick, and to be cured he'll need a medicine made up from six rare herbs. But they can...

Ascend: Hand of Kul Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Ascend: Hand of Kul is an action role-playing game where players control a Caos, a member of a strong breed...

Asghan: The Dragon Slayer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Asghan, a young warrior, swore to avenge his father's death. For this, he travels to a dangerous land of dragons,...

PC-88 (1988)

A powerful earthquake in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo released waves of horrifying monsters that had been hiding within the...

Ashen N-Gage Front Cover

N-Gage (2004)

Ashen is a horror themed FPS about the war between Seven River City and Maqabir, one a city in reality,...

Asheron's Call Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Asheron's Call is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). This means that you can interact with hundreds (even...

Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings is the sequel to the Asheron's Call. In this game, the people of Dereth emerge...

Asheron's Call: Dark Majesty Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The expansion pack to Microsoft's Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) builds upon the original by adding the ability...

Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Throne of Destiny is the third instalment in the first Asheron's Call Series. It includes the original Asheron's Call as...

Windows (2002)

Ashes is a tank duel game. The year is 2015 and the world has been at war for some time....

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