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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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Slamball Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

The big and nasty Americana monster has come along and eaten up Mastertronic's pinball table where the Slamball family resides,...

Slam City with Scottie Pippen DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), SEGA CD (1994) and SEGA 32X (1995)

Slam City with Scottie Pippen is a Full-Motion-Video basketball game. It uses proprietary technology to allow switching from one scene...

SlamIt Pinball: Big Score Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

SlamIt Pinball : Big Score is a 3D pinball game with a single table centered around the theme of police...

3DO (1995)

Slam 'N Jam '95 is a game similar in style to the arcade game Run & Gun and NBA Jam,...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Slap Dab is a top down arcade action game where you take the role of Sam the Painter. The point...

Genesis (1993)

At first glance, Slap Fight MD is a direct conversion of the 1986 arcade classic Slap Fight from Toaplan and...

Slapshot MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

SLAP-SHOT! Hockey is a fast-action ice hockey simulation game. Each ice hockey match has three periods that last three minutes...

Slash Monsters iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Slash Monsters is an action game based on the Fruit Ninja swiping mechanic. It consists of 36 levels set in...

Slave Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Dreamcast (1999)

500 years in the future, man and machine are virtually one and the greatest megacity in the world is locked...

Slayer 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

Slayer is a first-person action RPG using the AD&D 2nd Edition license and rules. Choose from the usual assortment of...

Slayer Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

As the ruthless Slayer you have hordes of enemies to wipe out in this horizontally-scrolling shooter. The paths are narrow...

Sleeping Dogs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Sleeping Dogs is an open environment action game set in the crime world of the Hong Kong Triads. The protagonist...

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This edition is exclusive to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It contains: Sleeping Dogs (base game) Sleeping Dogs: GSP Pack...

Sleeping Gods Lie DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

After the benevolent god N'Gir has given his blessings to the beautiful land of Tessera, he felt his work was...

Sleepwalker Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

CTA's original IP stars a toon dog called Ralph who must stop his sleepwalking master Lee from waking up. Ralph...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Your Uncle Silas lives in a run down large house with lots of hazards everywhere. The problem you have though...

Amiga CD32 (1993)

Two games on one CD: platformer Sleepwalker and popular pinball simulator Pinball Fantasies. This dual-game CD was bundled with the...

Sleepy Head Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sleepy Head is a classic arcade-game. The player has to direct the sleepwalker “Sleepy Head” through more than 60 levels...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Slice is an action game created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the Turbo...

DOS (1993)

Slicks 'n' Slide is an overhead racing game where you try to drive your vehicle as fast as possible in...

Macintosh (1998)

All Bill Clinton wants to do is eat a few hamburgers in peace, but unfortunately he's having a tough time...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Side is fast-paced action game in which the player must try to prevent falling rocks from hitting the ground by...

Slide Adventure: Mag Kid Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

One dark and stormy night, a lightning storm struck a house. This freak storm brought to life all sorts of...

Sliders DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Sliders is a simple futuristic sports game that isn't a world away from Marble Madness. You control a ball over...

Slightly Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Slightly Magic is a platform game not unlike Codemasters' own Dizzy and Seymour series, but is generally shorter and easier...

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