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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Powerstrike II Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993)

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Power Strike II SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1993)

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Amiga (1988)

Powerstyx is a Qix variant. The player controls a dot which moves around on the screen and leaves an energy...

Power-Up Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Power-Up is a 2D side-scrolling shoot'em up, like R-Type, Hellfire or Project-X. The player is a pilot of the prototype...

P.O.W.: Prisoners of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), NES (1989), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1988)

The enemy is unstoppable. They maintain vigilant guard over their front lines! The only way to defeat them is to...

Poy Poy PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

In Poy Poy, contestants from all over the land come together to compete for big cash prizes and the honor...

Poy Poy 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Poy Poy 2, the sequel to Poy Poy, is a multiplayer party/action-game in which four players battle it out by...

Commodore 64 (1993)

This is a Boulder Dash clone, where players has to collect a number of diamonds before time runs out. Boulders...

P. P. Hammer and His Pneumatic Weapon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In this platform game featuring over 2500 screens, our hero is in search of hidden treasures across worlds such as...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Ppong is based on the game Deflection The basic rules are the same: the goal is to hit different targets...

PP's Park Race Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Grab your skateboard and join PP for a wild ride in the park! The park is littered with various pickups...

NES (1990)

One day, the peaceful nation of the Lextorians discovers the planet P'radikus, where numerous uncivilized tribes are constantly at war...

Windows 3.x (1995)

Prairie Dog Hunt Pro is a single player shooter. It is the third game in Diversions Software's Prairie Dog series.Prairie...

Windows 3.x (1997)

Prairie Dog Hunt Pro '97 is a single player shooter. It is the fourth game in Diversions Software's Prairie Dog...

Windows (2008)

Prankster 2: Budget Worx is a game in which a movie filming turns into a nightmare. The actors get lost...

Windows (2010)

Pranksters 3D is a follow-up to Pranksters: Treasure of the Indians. In this episode you, playing as the boy Tim...

Pranksters: Treasure of the Indians Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Pranksters a city is plagued by rowdies which play pranks on innocent people. Now the player takes the role...

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1995)

After the fall of Communism, Poland has become an attractive destination for criminals from the East. To put an end...

Pray for Death DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This is one of the few fighting games that follows the Killer Instinct school of fighting, that is: lots of...

Windows (2008)

Precision is a freeware side scroller about precision jumping. The player has to jump from rooftop to rooftop (collecting all...

The Precursors Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

A young pilot of the humanoid Amarn race has graduated from the academy and is now returning to his home...

Predator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Predator is a side-scrolling platformer which uses the imagery and characters from the classic Arnie movie of the same name....

Predator NES Front Cover

NES (1988) and MSX (1988)

Predator: Soon The Hunt Will Begin is an 2D action game. There are 30 stages in the game, and each...

Predator 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Los Angeles Lieutenant Mike Harrington is used to dealing with a drug war between Spanish and Jamaican drug gangs, but...

Predator 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Players guide Lt. Mike Harrigan as he tracks the Predator through seven levels based on the film. Mike's primary concerns...

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