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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Windows (2007)

Polybius is a fan-made version of an arcade game known only from urban legend. The game play is based on...

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

Sure, the Monkey may actually be abstracted down to a one-eyed box, and yes, the Funk isn't any more authentic...

The Polynomial: Space of the Music Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

The Polynomial is a three dimensional space shooter with mathematically generated graphics whose animation depends on the music of the...

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

In this experimental game you follow a man who enjoys the small things in life: the shape of a leaf,...

The Pond Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

Acorns fall into a pond in which hungry ducks frolic. One variety of duck will be featured in a window...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

This Pong variant, like the classic Pong, allows two players to duke it out in ball bouncing competition. Both players...

Amiga (1992)

Pong is a freeware Pong clone for one or two players.This game has four modes of play; practice, tennis, football...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Pong is a platform arcade game. The player controls a ball who has to collect five letters needed to create...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Pong! is collection of three Pong-style games: tennis, hockey and squash and features an additional practice mode. All game modes...

Windows (2001)

This a 3d version of pong, one of the oldest computer games. Now you can look from behind the paddle...

Pongball Champions Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Pongball Champions is a single-player futuristic sports game that combines the mechanics of Pong and Pinball. Set in the year...

Odyssey 2 (2004)

It took more than 30 years for the Odyssey² to receive its first version of Pong. This release brings 11...

DOS (1994)

Created during the golden age of the Mortal Kombat franchise, Pong Kombat is a freeware parody of the game combining...

Browser (2012)

Taking as its point of departure PONG, the arcade paddle-and-ball sensation that ushered in the era of video gaming in...

Pong Solitaire Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Pong Solitaire is a joke game from the web comic artist Steve Napierski. It is a mix between Pong and...

Pong: The Next Level Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Game Boy Color (1999), PSP (2011), Macintosh (2001), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

After years of game gulping cash left, right and center at the old arcade machine, Pong has returned in an...

Pong Toss: Frat Party Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Pong Toss - Frat Party Games is a sports game for the Wii. There are 2 game modes, Pong Toss...

Ponx Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1999)

This is the game Pong brought to the Atari Lynx, but with added options. You can control the difficulty, field...

Pony Island Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016), Windows (2016) and Macintosh (2016)

Pony Island is officially described as a "suspense puzzle game in disguise". At the centre is an action game called...

Pony Killer Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

Pony Killer is an action fangame, or maybe a hater-game, with characters from the TV cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship...

Poöf vs The Cursed Kitty Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Poöf vs The Cursed Kitty is a fast platform game played in a small environment with elements similar to Super...

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

"Poogaboo: La Pulga 2" is the sequel to Indescomp's Bugaboo (The Flea). Conserving the same gaming style and argument of...

Pooyan NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1985), TRS-80 CoCo (1983), Wii (2007), Casio PV-1000 (1983), Wii U (2015), Sord M5 (1983), Arcade (1982) and Tomy Tutor (1983)

In Pooyan, you play the role of a pig, protecting its piglets from wolves. The first screen takes place near...

Pop Breaker Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991)

Pop Breaker is a puzzle game with action elements. The goal of each level is to destroy certain things. The...

PopCap Hits! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

This PopCap compilation bundles four games for the retail release that were previously available via XBL: AstroPop Bejeweled 2 Feeding...

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