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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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Sonic The Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Take control of Sonic on the road with Sonic Pocket Adventure. Travel through 9 zones bashing robots and collecting rings....

Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1993), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1994), Wii (2007), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

The evil doctor Robotnik has a new plan to take over the world. He has built a new weapon, the...

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Dr. Robotnik has stolen all the Chaos Emeralds, yet again, but when the experiment for his new weapon goes wrong,...

Sonic Unleashed Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

During a fight on one of Dr. Eggman's spaceships, Sonic becomes caught in a nefarious trap! Eggman uses a device...

Sonic Unleashed PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

In this version of Sonic Unleashed Eggman manages to defeat Sonic, using the tremendous power of the Chaos Emeralds to...

J2ME (2009)

During a battle with Sonic (in Super Sonic form), Dr.Eggman uses his new weapon and manages to trap Sonic. He...

Sonic Wings Special PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

A secret organization called Fata Morgana is developing a weapon that is capable of killing or wounding two-thirds of the...

Windows (2003)

Eggman's up to no good again, and only Sonic can stop him! Sonic Zone is a parody based on the...

Supervision (1992)

Sonny Xpress is a mail-delivery action game starring the titular Sonny, a monkey who rides a moped. The player controls...

Son of Blagger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

Players control Slippery Sid, who is an espionage agent and son of Blagger. Like the first game, the task is...

SonSon PlayStation 3 Front Cover

NES (1986), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1984)

In this game, you play the role of either Son Son or Ton Ton as you try to rescue your...

Son Son II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

In this platformer, loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Xi You Ji, players take control of Son Goku who...

Sooty & Sweep Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Sooty and Sweep are two famous characters from British children TV that have appeared in various shows for more than...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Sophelie is a horizontally scrolling shooter where you control a bird. You travel through three parts of the game fighting...

ZX Spectrum (1988) and SAM Coupé (1994)

Sophistry is a puzzle game in which the goal is to fully explore the game area consisting of 21 levels,...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This limited edition contains: The Sopranos: Road to Respect A commemorative poster with an in-game render of 4 characters A...

The Sopranos: Road to Respect PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The Sopranos: Road to Respect is a third person action-adventure game based on the popular HBO series "The Sopranos".In the...

DOS (1984)

Sopwith is a game where the player flies a sopwith biplane, trying to shoot down enemy planes and destroy all...

DOS (1985)

You play single player or against the computer, flying a sopwith biplane, and trying to shoot down the enemy planes...

DOS (2000)

You play single player or against the computer flying a Sopwith biplane and trying to shoot down the enemy planes...

Sorcerer Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Sorcerer is an arcade action game which takes place long ago when wizards and sorcerers ruled the earth. The evil...

Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Based off the animated Disney classic "Fantasia", Sorcerer's Apprentice puts players in charge of Mickey Mouse as he collects and...

Sorcerer's Maze PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

In Sorcerer's Maze (known as Prism Land in Europe) you play as Prism and Rhythm (a cat and a fairy)...

Sorcerian DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), MSX (1991), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1988)

Sorcerian is the fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. It is set in the fantasy land known as Pentawa,...

Windows (1997)

Ten years after the release of the original, a next-generation sequel to the classic RPG Sorcerian is released. As in...

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