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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Quantum Theory PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

It has been 300 years since humanity collapsed in the wake of a great war. Nearly all of civilization destroyed,...

Quarantine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1994)

In Quarantine, you play the part of a taxi driver, desperate to escape from the violent prison city of Kemo....

Quarantine II: Road Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Quarantine II: Road Warrior is the sequel to Quarantine the driving game. As in the original, you still play the...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Quari is a flick-screen platformer based on the arcade game Bongo where you play the role of an explorer who...

Quartet SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your job is to basically find the end-of-level boss, and then defeat it to obtain the key that will open...

Quarth NES Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), NES (1990), MSX (1990), Wii (2010), PC-98 (1990), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Sharp X68000 (1990), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1989)

Quarth is a typical puzzle/arcade game. Quarth can be moved from right to left while the screen scrolls down. The...

Quartz Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Quartz is a shoot 'em up with a variety of sections. The first section (and every odd-numbered one) is viewed...

Atari ST (1986)

You are a pilot of space jet in this top view arcade game. On 15 levels from one to another...

Quasar Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Quasar is a single player space shoot-em up game.The story behind the game places the player in command of a...

Amiga (1989)

Quasar is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up where the player's task is to retrieve the stolen Eye of Quasar....

Quasar Commander TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1980)

This is a ROM cartridge game which puts you in command of a starship, looking into outerspace through the forward...

Amiga (1996)

Quasar Wars is a special kind of shoot 'em up because even if you will control a spaceship, here you...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Quasar Zone is a single-screen shooter where you move a spacecraft, left or right on the bottom of the screen...

Quasimodo Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

A hunchback atop a wall, minding his own business, is advanced upon by a man in armour climbing up a...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Quatra Command is a simple vertical scrolling space shooter, where a lone pilot has to investigate the Quatra sector, shooting...

Quattro Adventure NES Front Cover Aladdin compact cartridge version

NES (1993)

Quattro Adventure features four action games on one cartridge.- Boomerang Kid: It's a little known fact that boomerangs don't actually...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Quattro Adventure is a compilation of the following four games: Dizzy Ghost Hunters Super Robin Hood Vampire

Commodore 64 (1991)

Quattro Arcade is a compilation of the following four games: Fruit Machine Simulator Grand Prix 2 Pinball Simulator Poltergeist

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

This compilation contains four games (the selection is different to the 8-bit collections released under the same name: Commodore 64,...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

The fourth volume of Codemasters Quattro compilation series contains the following four games: SAS Combat Simulator Kamikaze Mig-29 Soviet Fighter...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Quattro Firepower is a compilation with the following four games: Lazer Force Mig-29 Soviet Fighter Poltergeist Terra Cognita

Commodore 64 (1990)

Quattro Power is a compilation of the following four games: ATV Simulator Moto X Pro Powerboat Simulator Super G-Man

Quazatron ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Quazatron started life as Steve Turner's port of Commodore 64 shoot 'em up Paradroid , by his longtime partner Andy...

Quazatron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This freeware remake of the robot battle game from 1986 completely revamps the presentation, with full 3D graphics replacing the...

Q.U.B.E. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

Q.U.B.E., short for Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, is a puzzle game played from a first-person perspective. The player controls...

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