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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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TRS-80 (1981)

In Stellar Escort you are flying an escort fighter trying to clear the approaching aliens from your sector of deep...

Stellar-Fire SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The dreaded Draxon race has been at it again, pushing the human race around, working to either enslave all 10...

Stellar Shuttle Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Stellar Shuttle is a single player, side scrolling rescue game in which the player depends on maneuvering and fire power...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

This is a small adventure game, made by cactus, for the No More Sweden indie party/competition.The game's author was given...

Stephen King's F13: Ctrl, Alt, ...Shiver Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Stephen King's F13 decks out your computer with a horror aesthetic, offering "deathtop" images, "screamsavers," and a trio of minigames....

Macintosh (1996)

Step On It! is a Macintosh-exclusive puzzle platformer, ever-so-slightly similar to the famous Lode Runner series. There are many differences,...

Browser (2001)

The new assignment looked like a stroke of luck to Meg Crimson, an ambitious, young freelance reporter. World Geographic entrusted...

MSX (1983)

Step Up is a platform game in which you control an alien that has to reach his space ship at...

DOS (1991)

The object of this Super Tetris game, as in others like it, is to turn and drop various shaped blocks...

Steve no Daibōken: Chinmoku no Jishaku Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Steve no Daibōken: Chinmoku no Jishaku ("Steve's Adventure: Silent Magnet") is a physics-based platform action game based around the concept...

Windows (2001)

Based on the site StickDeath.com, battle it out against other StickMen. Advance in levels and unlock new fields and characters....

DOS (1992)

The exciting pace of Street Fighter II set arcades on fire when it was released, but took its sweet time...

Windows (2002)

Stickman is a simplistic platform game where the player in each level must locate the exit to the next level....

Windows (2002)

You play a pencil-drawn Stick Soldier and kill off any and all other (re-spawning) soldiers in the area before they...

Browser (2010)

For no apparent reason obvious to the player beyond developer convenience, Konami's first Castlevania game has been re-implemented in Java,...

StickWars iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In StickWars, the player defends a fortress from invading hordes. In order to do this, the player uses the touch...

CD-i (1994)

Stickybear: Math is an educational title for children ages 6 and up based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. In the...

CD-i (1992)

Stickybear: Reading is an educational title for children ages four to eight, based on Richard Hefter's Stickybear character. The game...

Stifflip & Co. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Count Chameleon recognises the importance of the game of cricket to the power of the British Empire, and knows that...

DOS (1996)

Stillhunt is a Korean-made fast-paced side-scrolling shooter similar to Gunstar Heroes. The player can choose between the male (Jean) and...

PC-88 (1988)

Three dragons suddenly appeared in the magical world of Forfaral. Five princesses of five countries constituting the realm, entrusted with...

PC-88 (1988)

For years, the magical realm of Forfaral existed in balance thanks to the power of five princesses, protectors of its...

Stinger NES Front Cover Famicom Disk System Cover

NES (1986)

Save Professor Cinnamon! When aliens from the planet Attackon kidnap the inventor during their invasion of Earth, two TwinBee Stinger...

Windows (1999)

Stinky & Bäver (eng: Stinky & Stomper) is a Danish interactive TV game show similar to the Hugo games from...

Stir Crazy featuring BoBo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Thomson TO (1988)

BoBo is a cartoon style arcade game. The main character is Bobo, an inmate who has been sentenced for seventeen...

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