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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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Amstrad CPC (1988)

The Changchun Academy was one of the most prestigious karate schools in ancient China. But when the evil Wang Chen,...

Shanghai Warriors Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Shanghai Warriors is a side-scrolling fighting game featuring three levels: an airport, a military base, and a harbor. The main...

Shank Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of...

Shank 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shank 2 is the sequel to Shank and just like the first game it is a 2D side-scrolling platformer based...

Shantae Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The small fishing village of Scuttle Town is a quiet and peaceful place, thanks mainly to its protector, the self-appointed...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shaolin PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Shaolin is a fighting game for the PlayStation. Duels take place in 3D fighting arenas. Between the fights, the player...

CD-i (1995)

Shaolin's Road is a action adventure that takes place in medieval China. When Tsu Yu's father, a powerful warlord, is...

Shao Lin's Road Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

The arcade follow-up to Yie Ar Kung Fu switches from the one-on-one style into a platform beat 'em up design....

Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

The Dark Ones have captured the Ring of Five and imprisoned the wizards that guard it. A barbarian named Lykos...

Shape Shifter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), Macintosh (2006) and Browser (2004)

Shape Shifter is a puzzle game with silhouettes and a circus theme. The objective is to drag and drop the...

Shaq Fu SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1995), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994) and Game Gear (1995)

While en route to a charity game in Tokyo, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal (called "Shaq" for short) is drawn into...

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

Shark is a 2D-horizontal-scrolling arcade shoot-em-up comparable to games like X-Out, Katakis, Delta, and Armalyte. Your craft is armed with...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The seas of the world are now full of man eating sharks and it's up to you to dive in...

Windows (1999)

Shark Attack is a nice freeware game in which you play a shark. There are two game sections in the...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Operation Wolf and The Untouchables combine for this action game set in 1920s Chicago. You play Lieutenant Sharkey, who has...

Shark Hunter MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984) and Odyssey 2 (2006)

In Shark Hunter the player controls an Eskimo protecting fish stocks from the attack of sharks.The Eskimo starts standing on...

Windows (2001)

Go shark hunting without the possibility of losing limbs! Grab your tank and weapons virtually and dive into the ocean...

Shark! Shark! Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

In Shark! Shark! you control a fish! Your goal is to earn as many points as possible while staying alive....

Shark Trap VIC-20 Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1982), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

Shark Attack is a single player arcade style game pitting the player, in the form of a scuba diver, against...

Arcade (1998)

Sharpshooter is a target gun game for up to two players. Some scenarios include memorizing the location of colored cards...

Sharp Shot Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Sharp Shot is collection of 4 single-button action games: Touchdown Passing, Space Gunner, Submarine, and Maze Shoot. The goal of...

Shatter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Shatter is a modern take on the video game classic Breakout. Like in the original game, the player has to...

Windows (2001)

Shattered Galaxy is a massive-multiplayer game that mixes several genres, including role-playing, turn-based strategy, real-time strategy, and tactical combat, in...

Shattered Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Shattered Horizon is a 3D first-person shooter that puts the player in a space environment near Earth (circa 2050 AD)...

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