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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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PC-98 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

The Screamer is set in a dark futuristic environment. The existence of a megalopolis called Beast City depends on a...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

A top-down vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a World War 2 feel resembling 1942. You pilot your aeroplane through...

Screwjumper! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Screwjumper! takes the player behind the helm of a spaceship run by a wrecking crew of sorts out to attack...

Scribble 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Scribble 2 is a game is based of the children's activity of connect the dots (or dot the dots), in...

Scribblenauts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling action game based on puzzles. The goal is to have the character Maxwell overcome obstacles by...

Scribblenauts Remix iPad Front Cover First version

iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Scribblenauts Remix is the third game in the Scribblenauts series which takes stages from the first two games as well...

Scribblenauts Unlimited Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2012)

Scribblenauts Unlimited tells the story of Maxwell, who, after playing a prank on an old wizard, has to save his...

DOS (2004)

The name says it all: an early, proof-of-concept side-scrolling platform game exercise. The player controls a little man who moves...

Scrolling Walls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Another Break-out game, but in this game you'll find much more than the usual extras. The game features walls that...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

For his own amusement, a Wizard has constructed a strange game inside his head. It takes place on a grid...

Scrubbles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), J2ME (2007), iPhone (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

A spaceship of rock-based aliens called Lumps invades the home bay of bubble-head creatures.Scrubbles is a Puzzle Bobble variant with...

Atari 2600 (2001)

In this game, you are a hard drive read head and must gather the bits in their correct color-coded order....

Scuba Dive Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Oric (1984)

Take on the role of a fearless pearl diver, as you plunge into the unknown ocean depths! You'll be swimming...

Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Scuba: Geheimnisse der Meere the player takes control of the three children Johnny, Jill and Luke which get invited...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Players take on the role of a scuba driver, and it is up to them to navigate a series of...

DOS (1994)

Scubaman's Quest is a single-player, shareware, side-scrolling game. The object is to guide Scuba man to collect treasure and other...

ScubaVenture PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

In ScubaVenture you need to dive for treasures! Your goal is to earn as many points as possible by collecting...

DOS (1993)

Your father had located the sunken remains of the Barbarosa, one of the last terrible pirate ships to sail in...

DOS (1991)

Low-rise buildings huddle in a row, perhaps in some Tel Aviv suburb, while fearfully awaiting the flaming death Saddam Hussein's...

Scud: Industrial Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

You play as Scud, the disposable assassin. Based on the underground comic book, you take the reins as Scud the...

Scud: The Disposable Assassin SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

You play the game as Scud, a "disposable assassin", who has been hired to take out a target in the...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The city's sewer system has been infested by monsters, and LINDA, a maintenance droid, has been sent down to flush...

Amiga (1990)

In this game you play the role of a vigilante who is going on a personal mission to kill all...

Scurge: Hive Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

When bounty hunter Jenosa Arma takes on a mission to investigate Planet Inos, a research center investigating an alien lifeform...

Windows (2011)

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online, third-person shooter (MMOTPS). Players complete missions with the use...

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