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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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Atari 5200 (2010), Atari 8-bit (2010), Palm OS (2002) and Arcade (1982)

Originating in the arcades, Sinistar is a multi-directional shooter. In the game, you must fly your ship about, shooting the...

Sinistar Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This is a remake of the classic '80s arcade game Sinistar.The player gets sucked through a wormhole into the alternate...

Sinistron TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Sinistron is a side scrolling shooter similar to R-Type, but has a unique weapons system in which you can open...

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

A sequel to the Nintendo 64 episode, Star Successor is a mix of a classic railshooter and a shoot'em up.The...

sin(Surfing) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

sin(Surfing) is a game based on procedural generation created for the TIGSource competition focusing on the technique. Players control a...

Browser (2010)

In Sinuous, the player controls a small blue ball by moving it across the screen with the cursor, avoiding red...

SiN: Wages of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This mission pack for the shooter Sin pits the mercenary cop John Blade and his hacker sidekick J.C. against mob...

Sir Dashing Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

Sir Dashing follows the side-scrolling adventure of the eponymous hero, a handsome cartoon of a Mallory-esque knight, in his quest...

Siren: Blood Curse PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Siren: Blood Curse is the third installation in the Forbidden Siren series.An American television crew sets out to Japan to...

Sir Fred ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Sir Fred is a platform game in which the titular character must infiltrate the great castle of Beni-Gómez in order...

Sir Fred: El Remake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sir Fred: El Remake is a fan-made update to the classic platform-adventure game from Spain. As in the original, the...

Sir Hoppity: Challenge of the Dragon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Sir Hoppity: Challenge of the Dragon is a 2.5D action game based on the ideas and drawings from 8-year old...

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

A damsel in distress is being held in a castle by a fire breathing dragon! As Sir Lancelot, you need...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

In this Manic Miner variant Sir Lancelot is exploring a castle in the hope of finding treasures. He must navigate...

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The dark magician Amargol has stolen the magic golden shield from the Nargoot village. The player, as Arn, a courageous...

Sir, You Are Being Hunted Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a first-person stealth survival game set in a sandbox environment inspired by the British...

Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure is a short adventure game created at the three-day Toronto Game Jam 2011. It is a...

SEGA Master System (1997)

Tia Nastácia (Aunt Anastacia) is sick, and Dr. Caramujo (Dr. Snails) is called to examine her. And he's got some...

Sitting Ducks Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Sitting Ducks is a game based on the TV cartoon of the same name. In the world of Sitting Ducks...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Six Appeal is a compilation of six games: P-47 Thunderbolt Pick 'n Pile Puffy's Saga Rick Dangerous Satan Twin World...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Six Feet Under is a Boulder Dash variant for Windows 3.1. The game mechanics are fast explained: You are in...

Six Flags Fun Park Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Six Flags Fun Park is an open-world game set in an amusement park. The player can discover the history of...

Six-Guns Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2013)

Six-Guns is a free-to-play third person shooter set in the old west. The player takes the role of Buck Crosshaw,...

Sixty Five Million and One BC Windows Front Cover Full version

Windows (2008)

A large meteor crashes through the bridge to the mountains. Not good. A much larger asteroid is headed your way...

Skaphander: Der Auftrag DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The year 2010: computer-viruses have penetrated the network of the world's most important mega-computer. Everything, from food and energy supply...

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