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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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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...

Space Griffon VF-9 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and Dreamcast (1999)

Space Griffon VF-9 is a graphically enhanced version of the earlier computer game Hamlet.The largest moon base, "Hamlet", has stopped...

Space Gun Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), Amstrad CPC (1992) and Arcade (1990)

2039 A.D. Man begins deep space exploration in search of new life forms and usable fuel sources. What he discovers...

Space Hack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Overpopulation on Earth has made governments pass a restrictive law established to force people off the planet. Playing the role...

Space Harrier DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), SEGA 32X (1994), NES (1989), SEGA Saturn (1995), Atari ST (1988), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Sharp X68000 (1987), Sharp X1 (1988), FM-7 (1987), Arcade (1985) and PC-6001 (1987)

Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big...

Space Harrier 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Space Harrier 3-D is more like Space Harrier 1 1/2. While it's not a direct sequel to Space Harrier, it...

Space Harrier II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010) and Arcade (1989)

Space Harrier II follows (very closely) in the footsteps of its predecessor and involves you (a Space Harrier) going off...

SEGA Saturn (1996)

This Limited Special Pack of Space Harrier comes with the official Sega Mission Stick.

Space Haste Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Space Haste is an arcade space-shooter, modified Asteroids clone. The story so far : Dr. Chromedome is a typical villain...

Space Hawk Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

Space Hawk is an arcade action game feature gameplay similar to Asteroids. You are an astronaut stuck in deep space....

Space Hawks Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Space Hawks is a galactic shoot'em up in the style of Galaxian. As in Galaxian, the player's space ship can...

Space Hulk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and PC-98 (1995)

Space Hulk is a real-time conversion of the original board game by Games Workshop set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.Players...

Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels is a mix of a First-Person-Shooter and a tactical fighting game. It is...

Space Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

There is no food left on earth, and none of the previous expeditions into space have retrieved any, perhaps due...

NES (1986)

After a devastating nuclear war humanity is on the brink of extinction. In order to survive, robots and cyborgs were...

Atari 2600 (2003)

This is an unauthorized conversion of the 1978 Taito coin-op game Space Invaders for the Atari 2600. Unlike the authorized...

Space Interceptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

You take the role of an spaceship pilot set in the 3rd millennium. Your mission is to work for a...

Space Intruders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

In the pilot seat of his Calurian Cannon Ship, the player finds himself at the Forts of Falnon (massive defense...

ZX81 (1981)

Space Intruders is a clone of the arcade game Space Invaders where you move a craft, left or right on...

Space Invaders Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999), Game Boy Color (1999) and Game Boy Advance (2002)

In 1978, Earth successfully repulsed an invasion from outer space thanks to "the Tank." The Tank was based on alien...

Space Invaders Game Boy Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), Game Boy (1994), SNES (1994), SEGA Saturn (1996), TurboGrafx CD (1995), PSP (2008), WonderSwan (1999), PlayStation 3 (2008), Wii (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

This version of Space Invaders is based on the 1994 arcade game Space Invaders DX but lacks the parody mode...

Space Invaders Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), NES (1985), Atari 2600 (1980), Atari 5200 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1980), MSX (1985), J2ME (2003), Wii (2009), iPhone (2009), iPad (2010), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1978)

Earth is under attack from rows of bomb dropping aliens, and you need to defend it! The rows of aliens...

Dragon 32/64 (1982)

This Space Invaders variant, simply called Space Invaders, has very little to differentiate itself from the Taito original. It has...

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