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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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S.D.I. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1986)

S.D.I. takes place in the year 2017 of an alternate timeline, in which the Soviet Union continued to exist and...

DOS (1993)

SDI2040 is a shareware, single player, Space Invader clone.As is standard in such games, alien ships march back and forwards...

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1987)

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative is based around classic-style shoot 'em up action. It puts you in control of a satellite...

SeaBlade Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Seablade is an action/arcade game similar to a 3D version of the old classic Choplifter, with a strong storyline and...

Sea Bubble Burst Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Closely resembling Bubble Bobble, Sea Bubble Burst stars Bubbly, an underwater creature with the power to trap creatures in bubbles,...

Sea Dogs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A combination of role-playing, action, strategy and simulation reminiscent of Pirates!, Sea Dogs puts you on the bridge of a...

Sea Dragon Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1983), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

Sea Dragon is an arcade style side scrolling shooter. The player pilots a submarine through treacherous underwater caves in an...

Sea Duel Microvision Front Cover

Microvision (1980)

Despite the extremely limited resources of the Microvision, and the small 16x16 pixel screen, Sea Duel is designed to be...

Windows (1997)

In Seafight the player controls ships in action oriented sea fights. He has a choice between England, France, Spain or...

Seafight II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In Seafight II the player controls ships in action oriented sea fights. The player has a choice between England, France,...

Seafox Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1983)

In Seafox, you control a submarine that must kill all hostile ships above and below the water. You have two...

Atari 2600 (1983)

A fast-paced shooting game that has you in control of a fighter jet named the Sea Hawk, blasting away at...

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

Sea Horse Hide'n Seek is an educational action game for children. 1 or 2 players can participate.You have to help...

VIC-20 (1982)

Sea Invasion is a Space Invaders variant set in the ocean. The player is a scuba diver who while down...

SeaKing MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

This game is a lot harder then it looks.The player takes off from your aircraft carrier looking for stranded airmen...

Seal of Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The game takes place in China during the Warring States period (476-206 B.C.) at the end of the Zhou dynasty....

Windows (2003)

Seal Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is set in the medieval fantasy world Schiltz and shares...

Sea Monster Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Sea Monster you control a ship out in the open seas. Beneath the waves are numerous sea monsters, many...

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2007)

Sea Monsters is based on the National Geographic CGI documentary of the same name, where earth's underwater world from millions...

Seaquest Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Your divers are out in the ocean collecting treasure; now that they have found what they're looking for, you need...

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1994)

Based on the first season of the TV series of the same name, your character is an officer of the...

Game Boy (1994)

You are the SeaQuest Deep Submergence Vessel serving the United Earth Oceans Organization. You will be sent on various missions...

Windows (2010)

In a dystopian world, the repressive Neo Bungeling Empire have ultimate control, and have stolen the treasures of their people...

Search & Rescue: Vietnam Med Evac Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

From the people who created the critically acclaimed Search and Rescue Series comes the latest addition to the saga. Search...

Odyssey 2 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2012)

In Sea Rescue! a submarine is stranded in a shark infested portion of the sea, and a rescue ship is...

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