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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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Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere the player takes control of the three children Johnny, Jill and Luke which get invited...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Players take on the role of a scuba driver, and it is up to them to navigate a series of...

DOS (1994)

Scubaman's Quest is a single-player, shareware, side-scrolling game. The object is to guide Scuba man to collect treasure and other...

ScubaVenture PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

In ScubaVenture you need to dive for treasures! Your goal is to earn as many points as possible by collecting...

DOS (1993)

Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in...

DOS (1991)

Low-rise buildings huddle in a row, perhaps in some Tel Aviv suburb, while fearfully awaiting the flaming death Saddam Hussein's...

Scud: Industrial Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

You play as Scud, the disposable assassin. Based on the underground comic book, you take the reins as Scud the...

Scud: The Disposable Assassin SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

You play the game as Scud, a "disposable assassin", who has been hired to take out a target in the...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The city's sewer system has been infested by monsters, and LINDA, a maintenance droid, has been sent down to flush...

Amiga (1990)

In this game you play the role of a vigilante who is going on a personal mission to kill all...

Scurge: Hive Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

When bounty hunter Jenosa Arma takes on a mission to investigate Planet Inos, a research center investigating an alien lifeform...

Windows (2011)

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online, third-person shooter (MMOTPS). Players complete missions with the use...

Virtual Boy (1995)

SD Gundam: Dimension War brings together Gundams from every Gundam series, from Mobile Suit Gundam to Gundam Wing, to fight...

SD Gundam: Over Galaxian PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

SD Gundam: Over Galaxian is a semi-3D update of Namco's arcade classic Galaxian featuring the famous SD Gundam characters. The...

Game Gear (1995)

SD Gundam Winner's History is a turn-based strategy game, with some action elements, part of Gundam franchise.Player controls a small...

NES (1989), MSX (1990) and Wii (2011)

This game is the second in a series of strategy games for the Famicom based on Gundam. Your goal is...

SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi - Scramble Wars Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1987), Wii (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi - Scramble Wars, originally released in Japan on Famicom Disc System, is the first game...

SD Hero Sōkessen: Taose Aku no Gundan NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The SD Gashapon Warriors live peacefully in their home, SD Nation, until one day a mysterious UFO appeared in the...

S.D.I. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1986)

S.D.I. takes place in the year 2017 of an alternate timeline, in which the Soviet Union continued to exist and...

DOS (1993)

SDI2040 is a shareware, single player, Space Invader clone.As is standard in such games, alien ships march back and forwards...

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1987)

SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative is based around classic-style shoot 'em up action. It puts you in control of a satellite...

SeaBlade Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Seablade is an action/arcade game similar to a 3D version of the old classic Choplifter, with a strong storyline and...

Sea Bubble Burst Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Closely resembling Bubble Bobble, Sea Bubble Burst stars Bubbly, an underwater creature with the power to trap creatures in bubbles,...

Sea Dogs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A combination of role-playing, action, strategy and simulation reminiscent of Pirates!, Sea Dogs puts you on the bridge of a...

Sea Dragon Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1983), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

Sea Dragon is an arcade style side scrolling shooter. The player pilots a submarine through treacherous underwater caves in an...

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