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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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Windows (1998) and J2ME (2005)

Sentry is a freeware remake of Geoff Crammond's all-time classic, The Sentinel. Gameplay remains true to the original, in this...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Here's your chance to join Sergeant Seymour in his latest blockbuster Robot Cop. The game stars Seymour in a grim...

Serious Sam Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The handheld version of Serious Sam differs from both its PC and console counterparts significantly. It uses a ray-tracing engine...

Serious Sam Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

This version of Serious Sam is based on Serious Sam: Gold, with several notable differences. Like the Gold Edition, it...

Serious Sam 3: BFE Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

The Serious Sam series is back for its third main (though sixth overall) outing. Running on the new Serious Engine...

Serious Sam 3: BFE (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover Steam release

Windows (2011)

This edition includes: Serious Sam 3: BFE Serious Sam Classic: First Encounter Serious Sam Classic: Second Encounter In-game Brett Sanderson...

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Jewel of the Nile is a downloadable content pack (DLC) for Serious Sam 3: BFE. It includes 3 new missions,...

Serious Sam: Double D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Serious Sam: Double D is the first game in the series of three indie titles designed to promote the release...

Serious Sam: Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

After the releases of Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, both games were compiled into...

Serious Sam HD Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Serious Sam HD is a disc release that contains: Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Serious Sam HD: The Second...

Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition contains: Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Serious Sam:...

Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter is a remake of Serious Sam: The First Encounter. The entire game starting from...

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is a remake of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. The player takes the role...

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Legend of the Beast Windows Front Cover Steam release

Windows (2012)

This is a downloadable content pack for Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter. It includes 3 new Versus multiplayer maps,...

Serious Sam II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

The sequel to Serious Sam is an equally un-serious FPS with everything blown out of proportion. It offers huge levels...

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is the second in the series of Serious Sam indie titles sponsored by Croteam and Devolver...

Serious Sam: Next Encounter PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and GameCube (2004)

In this installment of the Serious Sam series, Sam takes on a new arch-nemesis "Mini Sam", an evil clone of...

Serious Sam: The First Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

When aliens ruled by the evil Mental attack Earth, it is up to Sam "Serious" Stone, one of the toughest...

Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter is a 2D demake of the Serious Sam series and the fourth game in the...

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Sam is back in the second episode of his battles with his arch-nemesis Mental. After finding the Sirian spacecraft in...

Serpent Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

In the distant future, the most popular one-on-one sport is Serpent. In this two player game, both players control their...

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

In Serpentine you control a multi-segmented snake in a maze; your goal is to survive and earn as many points...

DOS (1986)

Serpy is a serpent -- serpent, as in snake, as in... this is a snake game. Gameplay is quite limited...

Windows (2008)

Sesame Seeds is a fast, procedurally generated action game where players need to uncover words to move on to new...

NES (1992)

Sesame Street's Count von Count stars in this educational game where the point is to learn how to identify numbers....

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