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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Pocket Wizard: Magic Fantasy! Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

Pocket Wizard: Magic Fantasy! follows a young mage on her quest to become the Croesus pixel world. Fortunately she has...

Pocket Zaurus: Jū Ōken no Nazo NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Players take on the role of Hashimoto, a studious human boy who gets transformed into a dinosaur by one of...

Pocky & Rocky SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

This is a single player or two player simultaneous game. It has wonderful "Super Deformed" type graphics set in ancient...

Pocky & Rocky 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

The sequel to Pocky & Rocky brings back the cooperative shooter action to the SNES with enhanced gameplay mechanics. Princess...

Pocky & Rocky with Becky Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This is a portable revival of the classic Pocky & Rocky shooter games. You take control of Shinto priestess Pocky,...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Pod is a side-view scrolling game where the screen scrolls from left to right when you move as you control...

P.O.D.: Proof of Destruction Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Gridrunner provides the gameplay for this top-view budget shooter with 25 levels, challenging you to survive until the time runs...

POD SpeedZone Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

POD SpeedZone is the sequel to the original POD for the PC. It is a simple, futuristic racer, where you...

PO'ed PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1995)

PO'ed is an action game similar to Doom. You are a cook who has to escape an alien world. With...

Pogo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

To escape the Planet of Steps, Pogo must paint each of the 28 steps set colour on each of the...

Pogo-A-Gogo Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Pogo-A-Gogo is a game which tasks the player to help George gather his various objects - ranging from toys to...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Pogo Joe is a game very similar to Q*Bert, although there is enough variation to consider it more than just...

Pogo Sticker Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Pogo Sticker is an unusual platformer, best described as "jump'n'run without the running". You'll have to cross the levels with...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Pogostick Olympics is a multi-event game where you have to attempt five events on a pogo stick, with each event...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Pogotron is a horizontal side-view scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls left or right when you move your hero as...

Amiga (1992)

A variation on the basic Breakout theme of having a bat at one end of the screen, using it to...

Amiga (1998)

The sixth installment in the Poing series comes with a levelset entirely about mathematics. Bounce you ball, in a horizontal...

Amiga (2002)

The last instalment in the Poing series sums up the entire series by combining the latest version of the unorthodox...

Amiga (1994)

The second edition of the quirky horizontal Breakout clone Poing has (especially as of version 2.1) undergone great improvements, representing...

Point Blank PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1994)

Point Blank is a light gun arcade game, in which players shoots targets in a wide variety of stages. The...

Point Blank 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998) and Arcade (1996)

Dan and Don return for another round of shooting action. This time there are heaps of new mini games, as...

Point Blank 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Arcade (2000)

The third episode in the Point Blank series now has up to 8 players playing it out in the new...

Point Blank DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Point Blank makes its debut on a handheld system. The shooting series brings its irreverent humor and style to the...

Pointless Platform MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

Just as the name this is a rather pointless platform game. Your goal is simply to jump from platform to...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Inspired by the arcade game Xevious, you play the role of a mercenary who has accepted the task of flying...

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