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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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Arcade (1979)

SF-HiSplitter is the sequel to Space Fever. The game is extremely similar to its predecessor. The goal is to protect...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The mission of this game consists in rescuing a princess who has been kidnapped by the evil inhabitants of the...

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

A multi-player, multi-level labyrinth/maze game in the genre of Gauntlet; originally an arcade game. Players take the role of Kevin,...

Commodore 64 (1985)

A curse has fallen on the island of Arulan called Shades and it causes people to vanish and reappear elsewhere....

Windows (2005)

Shades Of Doom is a unique first-person shooter game, that completely abandons a visual aspect of its presentation. With the...

Shade: Wrath of Angels Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

You've received a worrisome letter from your brother with a very strange item enclosed. Fearing the worst, you immediately board...

BREW (2004), J2ME (2004), ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Shado Fighter is a combat game where you can play one of the 7 characters of the game within 7...

Shadow Blasters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Humans on Earth have lost their righteous ways. After seeing that this has happened, the Gods have decided to abandon...

ShadowCaster DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and PC-98 (1994)

Living in a peaceful land with a man he called grandfather, Kirt has always thought he was just an ordinary...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Dancer SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Shadow Dancer is a one-player game in which you control Shinobi. With the help of your dog, you must kill...

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990) and Wii (2010)

A.D. 1997, New York CityHaving vanquished the evil crime empire, Neo Zeed, the ninja master Shinobi and his combat ninja...

Commodore 64 (1982), ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1982)

Aiee! An endless stream of Nazgul! Control Gandalf on his great white horse as you zap your way through them....

Shadow Fighter Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Shadow Fighter was one of the few Mortal Kombat influenced beat 'em ups released for the Amiga. There are 16...

Windows (2002)

ShadowFlare: Episode One is the first of four episodes in an action role-playing game series organized through missions. The gameplay...

Shadow Force: Razor Unit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In this military-themed first person shooter, you are a part of the Air Force Special Operations Group, sent deep into...

Shadowgrounds Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2011)

Shadowgrounds is arcade style top-down shoot 'em up for modern generation. The plot, which involves distant space colony invaded by...

Shadowgrounds Bundle-Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Shadowgrounds Bundle-Pack is a compilation including Shadowgrounds and its successor Shadowgrounds Survivor.

Shadowgrounds Survivor Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2011)

Shadowgrounds Survivor is a sequel to the 2006 top-down shooter Shadowgrounds. Some time has passed after gruesome alien attack on...

PlayStation (1998)

Shadow Gunner: The Robot Wars is a third person shooter in which you control a giant robot. Shadow Gunner's story...

Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops is a third-person shooter set in 2025. The player takes the role of two special agents...

Shadow Knights DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Budō: The Art of Ninja Combat! is a side-scrolling, ninja-themed action game. The protagonist has been trained for twenty years...

Shadow Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

You're the Shadow Man, a person who can switch between the world of the dead and of the living. In...

Shadow Man: 2econd Coming PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In the sequel you are once again Mike LeRoi - Shadow Man. You have to fight with evil demons in...

Shadow Master Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

In a futuristic universe you must destroy the forces of ShadowMaster which are attacking your planet. You are in armored...

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