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 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

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Purrfect Pet Shop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

While Peter and Sofia were on vacation, Nana called asking a little help at her pet adoption center. Her doctor...

Arcade (1975)

In Pursuit you fly a World War I biplane and attempt to gun down enemy aircraft. A flight stick is...

Pursuit Force PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Five different gangs are terrorizing the cities, namely Warlords, Capelli Family, Killer66, Vixens, and Convicts. Cities are in chaos as...

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Extreme Justice is the sequel to Pursuit Force and this time the player has to take down five different gangs...

Browser (2011)

If only America's founding fathers had realised that this game's protagonist was to start each of its 20 levels separated...

Purumui Purumui PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

One day in the peaceful village of Puru in the world of Fillip Side, Mui and Popuri were playing in...

Pusher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In Pusher the player builds formations containing at least three balls of equal color aligned in a straight line. The...

Pushmo Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pushmo is a puzzle game in the vain of titles such as ChuChu Rocket! or Picross 3D in that it...

Amiga (1994)

Push 'n Pull is a non-scrolling action game which takes place on top-down playing fields. The player takes the role...

Pushover DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Arcade (1992)

You're playing a small ant that is willing to help a friend in rather inconvenient situation. Apparently, your friend, doggie,...

Pushover Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This freeware remake of the puzzle game from 1992 replaces the graphics and sounds with enhanced assets, while maintaining intact...

Puss N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Join Pero as he travels through time to defeat the evil Count Gruemon in this platform-hoping, side-scrolling shooter adventure! Visit...

Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1998)

The game starts with Putt-Putt (the purple car) and Pep (his brown puppy) driving on to the screen with a...

Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

You guide Pep on a pogo stick through a 3d maze, avoiding hazards like oil spills and traps. The dog...

Putt-Putt's Fun Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1993), 3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1993)

A collection of thinking games inspired from the existing Putt-Putt games, including checkers, pinball, and tic-tac-toe. Intended as non-violent rainy-day...

Putty SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Amiga (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Putty is a platform game where the lead character is... a blob of putty. He has been expelled from Putty...

SNES (1994) and Amiga (2013)

In this sequel to Putty, the Wizard's peoples have invaded Putty land, and it's up to you to head to...

Putty Squad PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Putty Squad is a remake of the 1994 SNES game Putty Squad. It has more modern graphics and sound, but...

Dreamcast (1999)

Puyo Puyo Da! is a rhythm-action game set in the Puyo Puyo universe. The main characters of the series decide...

Puyo Puyo Sun SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (1997), Game Boy Color (1998), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1996)

Puyo Puyo Sun is the third entry in the main Puyo Puyo series of real-time puzzle games, its title being...

Puyo Puyo Tetris PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014) and Wii U (2014)

What happens when two classic puzzle games collide? Culture shock, and lots of it! That's what the characters of the...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Puzmania is a cartoon style timed puzzle game. The game starts with five pictures to choose from. On each level...

Genesis (1995) and Arcade (1994)

Ichidant-R is the second game in the Puzzle & Action series, and the sequel to Tant-R. Twenty new minigames are...

Genesis (1994), Game Gear (1994), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1993)

Tant-R is the first entry in Sega's long-running Puzzle & Action series of variety games. The game is a collection...

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