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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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Slinky Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and TI-99/4A (1983)

Slinky is a game where you control a spring and jump from block to block and attempt to change all...

Atari ST (1989)

Slippery Sid is a nine level snake game. In every level the player has to help Sid collect 30 pieces...

Slipstream 5000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows (2011)

Take over control of one of many futuristic racers which fly through courses all over the world. A very nice...

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Slither is similar in nature to the hit arcade game Centipede by Atari. You control your snake as it slither's...

DOS (1991)

Legends tell of a race of super beings, the Slordax, who once tried to conquer the galaxy. The war lasted...

Atari 2600 (1978)

The goal of this two-players console game is to move your vehicle in a maze so you can shoot missiles...

The Slugger PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In this early UK-developed baseball simulation, one or two player matches can be played over 3,6 or 9 innings, with...

Sly 2: Band of Thieves PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Thief and raccoon Sly Cooper returns in a new cel-shaded platforming adventure wherein he forms a band of thieves with...

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Sly and the gang is back in this third outing of Sly Raccoon-series. This time, the story takes the boys...

The Sly Collection PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Sly Collection is an HD remastered port of three PlayStation 2 games in the Sly Cooper Series: Sly Cooper...

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Sly Cooper is the latest in a long line of master thieves. When he was a kit, a gang called...

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Sly and all of his buddies are back to their old tricks on new platforms. All the humor and adventure...

TI-99/4A (1984)

You're a cowboy fighting off the Slymoids with your gun. They're coming in from the horizon and from the sky....

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

With a clear James Bond influence, Sly Spy must stop terrorists destroying parts of the city in this collection of...

Windows (2003)

Smack Some Smackers is a 2-player paddle war game. Play as either the Pig or the Devil as they fight...

Windows (2004)

The Pig and the Devil return. Smack Some Smackers 2 features the same classic paddle wars gameplay as the original...

Smack Wacker MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Smack Wacker puts you into the role of a pair of false teeth, stuck in a maze filled with fluour...

Small Arms Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Small Arms is a hybrid of a platform and a fighting game. Played on a single-screen playing field or forced-scrolling...

J2ME (2003)

Small Faces is a clone of PopCap's Bejeweled, only that the jewelry in different colors now has been replaced with...

Small Soldiers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Small Soldiers is a third-person action game released at the same time as the movie of the same name. Instead...

Small Soldiers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Small Soldiers is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The plot revolves around a war between...

Small Soldiers: Squad Commander Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Small Soldiers: Squad Commander is a single player Real Time Tactics game based on the movie Small Soldiers and targeted...

Small-Time Scorched Earth Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This entry in the VNGN competition combines the gameplay from Space Invaders with Missile Command. Players control a small tank,...

Browser (2007)

Arty Towers is being raided by art thieves and all that stands in their way is Kirsten and blobs of...

SNES (1991)

King Geoffrey of Kyliria has recently passed away. Jerry, his eldest son, was all set to take the throne, however...

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