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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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Atari ST (1990)

Skate Tribe was coming third in Mandarin's 1989 „Gameswriter of The Year“ contest, in which the producer of STOS wanted...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

After his adventures in Superkid, Tom Essex has woke up with his superpowers gone but he still has the determination...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2006)

Has more than a dozen single player levels and different game boards and game types. The concept of the game...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Skeet! is a clay pigeon shooting game. Pressing any button on the keyboard will show throw a clay pigeon across...

Skeet Shoot Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981)

In Skeet Shoot, your goal is to earn as many points as you can by shooting clay pigeons. When you...

Apple II (1980)

One to five players compete by shooting clay pigeons from 8 fixed positions. At each position, a first pigeon flies...

Skeleton Krew Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995), Amiga (1995) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

The game takes place in the year 2062. A baddy named Moribund Kadaver has assumed control of a cryogenics plant...

Skeleton Warriors PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

You're Prince Lightstar, with the quest to conquer and slay Baron Dark, who holds the half of a mighty crystal...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Ski! is a simple skiing game with two buttons that make the skier move left or right on the screen....

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In Skidz, the player moves through the five levels with the goal to collect and dispose of all litter lying...

Windows (2005)

Skies is a fact-paced multiplayer arcade style air-combat game. Play either as a pilot or a gunner, fighting dogfights of...

Windows (2005) and Windows 3.x (2001)

SkiFree is the standalone version of the game originally included as a part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3 (1991)...

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2004)

Skipping Stone is a one-button game where the player throws a stone, to have it skip as far as possible...

Windows (2001)

Taking as its point of departure a scene in the 1985 movie The Toxic Avenger in which "Skippy" (played by...

Skoczny Jacuś Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Skoczny Jacuś is a is a clone of the old ZX Spectrum game Jumping Jack. One day Skoczny Jacuś decided...

Skool Daze Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Skool Daze sets you as Eric, a typical scamp of a schoolboy whose school report is due, and it is...

Skout Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Humanity's most dangerous enemy, the Kybernoids, have invaded and occupied Lugubrios, a planet of paramount strategic value. The Kybernoids have...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983), Dragon 32/64 (1983) and Oric (1983)

Skramble is a variant of Scramble (with the spelling changed for legal reasons). Apart from the obvious hardware limitations, this...

Skramble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983), MSX (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

A clone of one of the world's most cloned games, Scramble, this is another example with the world's most popular...

VIC-20 (1982)

Skramble is another Scramble clone named Skramble, this time from Rabbit Software. You fly above a coarse landscape filled with...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Skramble is a version of the classic arcade shooter Scramble which has you controlling a ship over seven levels, over...

VIC-20 (1982)

Skramble! is a version of Scramble for the VIC-20 by Terminal Software. The player has to direct a ship in...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

The world of Light is vanishing... No more glimmer, no more warmth, not even the slightest spark. Only you, Skrull...

Sküljagger: Revolt of the Westicans SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The pirate Sküljagger and his crew hold the island of Westica hostage. Forcing the people who live there to be...

Skull Cracker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Skull Cracker can be considered the spiritual successor to the 1991 title Creepy Castle that Bill Appleton wrote for Reactor...

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