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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Jaguar (1999)

Haven-7 is a planetoid near Earth whose inhabitants are in grave danger. Aliens will arrive soon and plan to terraform...

Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Protector is a turret shooter (meaning you cannot move and can only shoot) that sends you into deep space to...

Protector VIC-20 Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1981) and VIC-20 (1982)

This is a single player rescue game involving a population relocation for survival. The population in need is being attacked...

Amiga (1986) and Atari ST (1986)

Protector takes the idea from Defender: the player is controlling a ship over a horizontally scrolling landscape, able to fly...

ZX81 (1982)

The planet Zargon is under attack from an alien invasion and you have been tasked to fly your craft and...

Windows (2001)

Earth is threatened by asteroids. You are inside "Protector", a satellite which runs in orbit around earth and you must...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Protector is a horizontal side-view scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly left or right as you control a ship...

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Protector is a split-screen horizontal side-view shooter where one or two players try to carry supplies to their base before...

Windows (2009)

As a sequel to Protector, the gameplay is similar. You are controlling an orbital space defense platform from third person...

Protector II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), TI-99/4A (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

An arcade style game with a loose basis on the arcade hit Defender, Protector II is a side-scrolling shooter. Like...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Protium is a side-view horizontal scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly from left to right as you control spacecraft...

Windows (2008)

Protoganda II is a shoot 'em up game and a sequel to Protoganda: Strings, with retro-styled graphics. The player controls...

Windows (2007)

Protoganda: Strings is a fast-paced vertical shooter with a visual style somewhat inspired by old Soviet 8mm movies. Gameplay consists...

DOS (1987)

Proton is a single-player computer adaptation of Photon, a.k.a. Lazer Tag's lesser-known competitor. A pair of three-man teams - Blue...

Prototype DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Prototype is a side-scrolling shooter. Controlling a cutting-edge prototype craft, you must save the world from an alien attack.The ship...

Prototype Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Alex Mercer has a problem or a gift - depending on the view. Thanks to a virus in his system...

Windows (2006)

This shoot 'em up won the ShmupDev 2006 contest to write a horizontally-scrolling shooter with bosses. From the title and...

Prototype 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Prototype 2 is an action game set in an open world environment and it is the sequel to Prototype. At...

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This collector's edition contains: Prototype 2 Soundtrack disc Hardbound art book Voucher code to download Dark Horse Comic's third and...

Prototype 2: Radnet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Radnet is an add-on for Prototype 2 and was released simultaneously with the main game for the PC version. For...

Prototype 2 (Radnet Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The radnet edition is an edition of the game Prototype 2 that was provided for all preorders for the game...

Prowler Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Prowler sends you deep into space, to Ursa Minor Delta-V, where the Peradusins are on the attack (companies were starting...

Pro Wrestling SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Pro Wrestling is a tag team professional wrestling game where one can choose from four tag teams to compete. These...

Proxy Blade Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2014)

Proxy Blade Zero is 3D weapons based brawler with a mix of offensive and defensive options that need to be...

MSX (1988)

The Pro Yakyū Gekitotsu: Pennant Race is a typical late 80-s baseball game. Just pick one of the fictional teams...

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