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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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Nintendo DS (2008)

Space Chimps is a game based on an animated-movie of the same name. A wayward space probe has been sucked...

DOS (1983)

A Space Invaders clone. Defend earth from endless waves of attacking aliens. Shoot the UFO for extra points.

DOS (1985)

The arcade game is back! Destroy those aliens before they destroy you. With three lives, you must fight back at...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

In SpaceCutter, the player is trapped inside the Whirligig (which is also the original European name of the game) and...

DOS (1996)

Another side-scrolling ship fighter from the future game. You come from a peaceful world and you must defend your world....

Space Debris PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

This third-person perspective space shooter casts the player as UED pilot James Bryant, the brash young adventurer who is humanity's...

Arcade (1981)

Space Demon is the result of Nintendo giving a license of their game Space Firebird to Fortrek. Nintendo, however, changed...

Commodore 64 (1985)

From what I can determine, you are on a space station and are awakened because it is being attacked by...

Space Dude DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Action and strategy put together in a strange little game. You play as Space Dude, a dorky teenager on a...

Atari 7800 (2007) and Arcade (1982)

Space Duel is a sequel to Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe.Instead of shooting lumpy asteroids, you are shooting colorful geometric shapes...

Space Dungeon Atari 5200 Front Cover

Atari 5200 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Space Dungeon is an arcade style shooter. You control a spaceship within the space dungeon which consists of numerous rooms....

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

Space Eggs is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that is quite similar to Space Invaders and Phoenix, games where...

Windows (2003)

Space Empires: Starfury is a new installment in the long-lasting Space Empires series. No more tiny 2D graphics this time...

Space Escort VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

In Space Escort you are from a doomed planet and your job as a space fighter pilot is to escort...

J2ME (2003) and Mophun (2003)

Space Explorer is one of many games based on Atari's classic arcade game Lunar Lander. The objective is to fly...

Arcade (1980)

Space Fever is Nintendo's own (unauthorised, hence no copyright notices on-screen) clone of Taito's Space Invaders. In order not to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Space Fight is a simple shooting game for two players. Both players control a space ship on the screen. They...

Supervision (1992)

Space Fighter is an action shooting game starring a team of three robot soldiers, who must defend their cities from...

Arcade (1980)

In Space Firebird, your ship has wandered into an asteroid field full of creatures called Space Firebirds. They are not...

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe is space simulation in which the player has to make a living in space. Like other games...

Space Fortress DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999)

Fleets of alien vessels are quickly approaching the Space Fortress! They are overwhelming and there is no chance of victory....

Space Fortress VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

You are thrown off course by a computer malfunction while cruising through space and encounter the evil Sistorian space fortress....

Space Fuck! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

An act of procreation...30 years later...A father gives his son a space suit on his deathbed. Using the associated jet-pack...

Space Fury ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1982) and Arcade (1981)

"So! A creature for my amusement! Prepare for Battle!" These are the words uttered by the alien commander upon starting...

Space Giraffe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Space Giraffe is a fast-paced arcade shooter, created by Ivan Zorzin and Jeff Minter, and built on the Neon Xbox...

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