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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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Shit Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As the name implies, Shit Game does not sport much ambition, but behind the name and the apparently sloppily drawn...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Shmup is a simple shooting game created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the...

Shockman TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

In the sequel to Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman once again the player takes the role of either cyborg Tasuke or Kyapiko...

TRS-80 CoCo (1985) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Shock Trooper is a refined arcade adventure where you, as a fifth column shocktrooper, must infiltrate an alien base and...

Shock Troopers PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1997)

Shock Troopers is a 1-2 player game where players select one of eight characters to play as. Each character has...

Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad Wii Front Cover

Neo Geo (1999), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1998)

As one of four playable characters each with unique methods of attack and power-ups, go through the level and destroy...

Shockwave NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Shockwave you need to retrieve powerful crystals left behind by the Tarian race. The Rastons are after the crystals...

Amiga (1990)

ShockWave is an action game with strategy elements. The player is in control over a big prison complex which is...

Shock Wave 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

The year is 2019 and the alien invasion is here. In a surprise attack, the aliens decimate Earth's military forces....

Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1995)

It has been twenty years since the invading aliens have been driven back through the jumpgate. On a planet close...

Shockwave Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), Macintosh (1995) and Pippin (1996)

Shockwave Assault combines Shock Wave and its expansion Operation Jumpgate and makes them available for systems other than the 3DO...

Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate 3DO Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1994)

It has been 7 years since the alien attack on Earth has been repelled. Now, signs of the aliens have...

Shockway Rider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

"Shockway Rider" is an action game taking place in some distant future where every big city is surrounded by moving...

Shodai: Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

First next-gen entry in the Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun brawler series. The story this time deals with the Nekketsu High gang...

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Linux Front Cover

Linux (2001), Windows (1998), Amiga (2001) and Macintosh (2000)

Sanjuro is a commander in the army of United Corporate Authority and a pilot of a Mobile Combat Armor (a...

Shokrok Throwdown Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Shokrok Throwdown is a futuristic team-based sports game where creatures of different worlds come together to compete in an arena....

Shonen Jump: Naruto Shippuden - Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Ninja teammates Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno are reunited after their two and a half years of training with the...

Shonen Jump: Naruto - Ultimate Ninja PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Based off Masashi Kishimoto's manga and anime Naruto, Ultimate Ninja is the first installment of the Ultimate Ninja series, known...

Shonen Jump: Naruto - Ultimate Ninja 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Based on Masashi Kishimoto’s manga (and anime adaptation later) Naruto, Ultimate Ninja 2 is the second installment of the Ultimate...

DOS (1995)

The game was released as a part of a marketing campaign of an Israeli chocolate spread of the same name....

PlayStation (2005)

Shoot is a budget compilation of 7 action mini games. These are: Wild West War Drones Space Rebellion G Squad...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Shoot is a single button game about timing. The player sees two lines moving across the screen in opposite directions....

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Shoot is simple game where the goal is to hit a falling target using a gun. Each game there will...

Shoot 1UP Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Your home world is in ruin, destroyed by mechanical-tentacle hybrids. It is your job to lead the last of the...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Shoot Em Up is a 1st Person Shooter where you control a target on the screen and shoot waves of...

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