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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Procyon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Procyon is 2D side-scrolling/vertical scrolling (it offers both portrait and landspace orientation) shoot'em up. The player controls a pilot of...

Prodigy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The tyrannical Wardlock has created two humanoids within his mechanical world, for his own amusement. Solo the Synthelman must lead...

Windows (1999)

Professional Bull Rider is a game sponsored and licensed by the PBR where players get to ride bulls in arenas...

Professional Bull Rider 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Ride the bull, be the bull, or be a bull fighter, this is the only game endorsed by the Professional...

Professional Underground League of Pain DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

Riot is a futuristic sports game. The court is a hall similar to a basketball field but the basket is...

Professor Fizzwizzle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Professor Fizzwizzle is platform puzzle game where you take control of the diminutive genius, Professor Fizzwizzle. You must help the...

Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

While on vacation, Professor Fizzwizzle investigates a volcano and that lands him in a molten mystery involving Bat-Bots and a...

Arcade (2001)

Progear is a 2D horizontal scrolling arcade shooter. It's Cave's only side scrolling shmup until Deathsmiles in 2007. The game...

ZX81 (1981)

Program Pack 4 is a double games pack that contains:Breakout: Based on the arcade game where the aim is to...

Prohibition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Prohibition is a shoot'em up taking place in New York in 1930. The town is overrun by gangsters and you're...

Windows (2002)

Project: Atlantis is a top-down action game, set in the futuristic, underwater nation of Atlantis which is under attack by...

Project Black Sun Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

A young boy is out doing his daily jogging in the forest when suddenly he steps on a hidden trap...

Amiga (1992)

Project Buzz Bar combines gameplay elements from Asteroids and Defender. On each level there are several men to rescue by...

Project Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

Earth's population has grown, and because of this, humongous skyscrapers have been erected. The rich and average live in these...

Project Entropia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Project Entropia is a "semi-free" Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), set in the far future on the distant...

Project Firestart Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989)

Project Firestart is one of the progenitors of the survival horror genre. In the future (2066) a genetic experiment (Project...

Project Future ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Your first mission out of Space College could hardly be tougher - penetrate the SS Future spaceship, and activate its...

Project GunViper Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Project GunViper is a freeware vertical shooter rendered with full 3D graphics. The game follows the standards of the genre,...

Project: Horned Owl PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Horned Owl is a rail-shooter that can take advantage of the PlayStation mouse or the Konami light gun. Three main...

Project IGI: I'm Going In Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Project: I'm Going In is a tactical shooter based on the Joint Strike Fighter 3d-engine. In the game, you are...

Amiga (1996)

Project Intercalaris is a successor to Project Battlefield. This time the action takes place on an alien planet. As a...

Project Justice Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Project Justice is the sequel to Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seishun Nikki 2. It once more thrusts you into the...

Project Nebula TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1981)

Lord Scylla, ruler of six galaxies, has declared eminent domain over ours. Zycon, the commandant of Scylla's Imperial Fleet, has...

Project Neptune DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Taking on the role of special agent Robert "Rip" Steel, it is up to you to destroy the evil Yellow...

Project Nomads Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2005)

Project Nomads leads you into a very strange futuristic world. Your planet is destroyed, and all that's left are thousands...

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