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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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...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

Pojedynek is a simple action game for up to two players. The game screen shows two duellists and continually reducing...

Poké Doll Grabber Browser Front Cover

Browser (2015)

Available through the Pokémon Global Link website, Poké Doll Grabber is a simple game in which the player guides the...

DOS (1982)

Poke-Man is another clone of Pac-Man. You (smiling face) try to escape the Ghosts (playing cards' symbols) and collect all...

Pokémon Dream Radar Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Professor Burnet is studying the Interdream Zone, and needs your help to harvest Dream Orbs for her research. Dream Orbs...

Pokémon Ie TAP? iPad Front Cover

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

Pokémon Say Tap? is a rhythm game where the player is tasked with tapping cards and Poké Balls in time...

Pokémon LeafGreen Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Pokémon LeafGreen takes the player into the world of Kanto on a mission to catch all more than 150 Pokémon...

Arcade (2012)

Pokémon Medal World is a medal game based on the Pokémon anime's Best Wishes! series. The game features slot machine-like...

Pokémon Party mini Pokémon Mini Front Cover

Pokémon Mini (2001)

Pokémon Party mini is the Pokémon mini's pack-in game in most countries, but sold separately in Japan. It is a...

Pokémon Pinball Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Discover a whole new way to catch Pokemon -- by playing pinball! Hit the targets with your Poke Ball to...

Pokémon Pinball mini Pokémon Mini Front Cover

Pokémon Mini (2001)

Pokémon Pinball mini is the second Pokémon Pinball game. The game consists of 90 levels total. Diglett, Pikachu, Clefairy, Wobbuffet,...

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and Wii U (2014)

The pocket monsters are back on the pinball table, this time with the latest batch of creatures from the Ruby...

Windows (2006)

In this promotional game distributed with packages of Perdue Chicken, players are tasked with catching wild Pokémon that appear in...

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

In the region of Oblivia, a gang of thieves known as the "Pokémon Pinchers" are stealing wild Pokémon and planning...

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