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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Puyo Puyo Tetris PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (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...

PuzzleBloom Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

PuzzleBloom is a short puzzle game about a green character that wants to bring back nature to an industrialized world...

Puzzle Clubhouse: Episode 0 - Laz0r Frogs Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

After being chased through Puzzle Clubhouse by a horde of frogs with lasers strapped to their backs, Uncle Cornelius and...

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1990)

There were once two villages located right next to each other. One village was full of men, and the other...

Puzzle Dimension Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Puzzle Dimension is a 3D puzzle game similar to Kula World where the player needs to roll a ball on...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Puzzle Master is a falling block puzzle game similar to Columns or Puyo Puyo. It is fantasy themed and the...

PSP (2007)

Puzzle Scape is a block busting game where the player arranges same colored blocks to 2x2 formations to explode them....

Puzzle Soccer iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Puzzle Soccer features classic arcade gameplay of the 1980s and revisits it in soccer theme. The goal of the game...

Windows (2007)

Puzznic by ZX Games is a remake of Taito's Puzznic first released in 1989. The game's concept is very simple:...

Thomson TO (1984) and Thomson MO (1984)

In PV 2000 the player takes control of a traffic warden who has to give tickets to illegally parked cars....

DOS (1996)

The sequel to Pee & Gity Special (with the titular hero's name deliberately spelled in a less unsavory fashion) continues...

Pyjamarama ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Wally Week has become trapped inside one of his own nightmares, and is in danger of failing to wake up...

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This freeware remake of Pyjamarama replaces the monochromatic graphics and sparse sounds of the 8-bit original with new enhanced assets....

Pył Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Pył (Dust) is a 3D first-person shooter. The game emphasizes tactics for sneaking to save ammunition. The game takes place...

DOS (1985)

The objective of this aerial racing simulation is to complete a lap around the course as quickly as possible. You...

Windows (2006)

Pyoro is a short, unlicensed remake of the Pyoro mini-game from the WarioWare series, offered as a freeware game. The...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The Sinu tribe of South America have long been a mystery to explorers. Their God Xipe Totec demanded regular human...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In Pyramax, the player takes the role of an explorer on the search of the Thaalian crystal, a priceless artifact...

Pyramid Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Pyramid is an action arcade game. The aim is to find all of the pieces of an ancient scroll hiding...

CD-i (1996)

Pyramid Adventures: Episode 1 - Treasures of the Lost Pyramid is the first and only part in the Pyramid Adventures...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic is a platform puzzle game that casts the player as a young explorer seeking a treasure hidden deep...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic II is a direct continuation of the first game. In the final room of the first title, the...

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