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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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...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic III is the final title in the Pyramid Magic series of puzzle adventure games, and picks up right...

Genesis (1991)

Want more Pyramid Magic? Pyramid Magic Special eschews the rather thin story of the series and simply offers more puzzles...

Macintosh (1985)

Pyramid of Peril is a dungeon crawler although it lacks RPG elements like experience points and levels. The player is...

DOS (1986) and Amiga (1986)

This simplistic clone of Q*Bert features familiar gameplay -- the player must move around on a pyramid changing the color...

Pyramids Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pyramids is a puzzle-platformer similar to Solomon's Key. The player must reach the the exit of each level by collecting...

Pyramids of Egypt Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Apple II (1987)

You control Mike the Explorer as he makes his way through the treacherous Pyramids of Egypt. There are 100 cobra-filled...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Pyramid is a shoot 'em up where each stage is a chamber of the titular pyramid. The pyramid is...

Pyroblazer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Pyroblazer is a futuristic combat racing game. Set amidst the awe-inspiring locations of New Apeiron, players get the opportunity to...

Pyroblazer (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This gold edition was released along with the launch of the Eipix digital store and contains: Pyroblazer Apocalypse of Apeiron...

ZX Spectrum (2013)

In this retro cross between Q*Bert, Make Trax and Pac-Man, a single player controls a pyromaniac in a little van...

Pyrotechnica DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

People are fighting to excavate the star cores. Terran Hardlight Corporation is paying millions for this. You fight the others...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

You are a pilot of a Q10 Tankbuster and you have been sent to various war zones to destroy enemy...

Q2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Q2 is a collection of levels for Quake. The add-on contains over 100 independent singleplayer and multiplayer maps.

Qabbalah Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986)

Qabbalah is a single person arcade adventure game.Qabbalah is an ancient Hebrew doctrine that explains the relationship between that which...

DOS (1996)

The galactic government has sent you - and others - in to rescue some hostages from alien invaders. You are...

Qasir Al-Wasat: A Night in-Between Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Qasir Al-Wasat: A Night in-Between is a stealth action game with puzzle elements. It is set in Syria in the...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In Qatbol the player is in control over a one-screen level which represents a real-life wooden board. Just like a...

Q*bert NES Front Cover

DOS (1984), Game Boy (1992), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1984), MSX (1986), J2ME (2003), Mophun (2002), Odyssey 2 (1982), BlackBerry (2009), SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Q*bert is a popular arcade game. The goal is to change all of the tiles on a pyramid to the...

Q*Bert PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000) and Macintosh (2001)

The hip character from the 1980's returns in a new, 3D puzzle adventure. This time, you must help Q*bert save...

Q*Bert 3 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

This game is based on the coin op of the early 80's. You play a orange ball with 3 appendages:...

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