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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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Atari ST (1987)

ST Krak is a colorful break-out game for one player.Every level has two passages at the upper part of the...

Stolen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

You play as Anya Romanov, a thief living in a not too distant future. You and your partner in crime,...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Stone Edge is a game of logical thinking and dexterity. You are moving a small ball over a playing field...

Stoneloops! of Jurassica Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and iPhone (2009)

Stoneloops! of Jurassica is a color-matching game with a prehistoric theme. Each level has a winding path that occupies most...

SNES (1994)

Stone Protectors is a an action game where each character has different weapons, all from melée to long-range weapons such...

Stones of Khufu Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and J2ME (2007)

Stones of Khufu is a puzzle game where the overall goal is to bring multiple colored stones together. The game...

Stop the Express MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

The ITA Express is under the control of the vicious Redmen, and cannot be allowed to continue its momentum. This...

Storm Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Una Cum has abducted Storm's wife Corrine and locked her in his well-guarded laboratory. Storm and his Wizard friend set...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Storm is a clone of Atari's arcade hit, Tempest, but whereas that game used sharp vector graphics, this version is...

S.T.O.R.M. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Year is 2055, energetic resources are nearly depleted. The B.A.E.R. (Bureau of Advanced Energetic Resources) had discovered the first deposit...

Stormlord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Symbian (2005)

Badh the queen has imposed a terrible vengeance on the land by kidnapping the fairies. To restore things their rightful...

Stormtrooper Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

In Stormtrooper, the player takes the role of a soldier who has to kill a mad scientist. This is a...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You play as a Templar-style Knight, the Storm Warrior, through various different style levels (or mini-games) including an opening gladiatorial...

PC-98 (1989)

The story of Melroon is quite simple and similar to a fairy tale: the old king of Melroon has a...

Browser (2008)

Storyteller is the third game in the Moon Stories trilogy of prototype games. The screen is divided in three vignettes...

St. Paul's Invaders Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

To help raise awareness of a campaign to maintain a local hospital, St. Paul's ("an acute care, teaching and research...

SEGA Saturn (1995) and 3DO (1995)

In Strahl, the story takes place in a world where magic and monsters roam the land, terrorizing innocent villagers. The...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Strange Loop is an arcade action game with 240 different rooms, each filled with dangers. The protagonist, clad in a...

Windows (2010)

Strangers is a short game made for a school project, a "pushing the boundaries'' seminar. It only takes two minutes...

The Strangers Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1997)

In a run-down world, plagued by criminality and bad social conditions, a notorious gangster boss is on the run. A...

Atari 2600 (1981) and Arcade (1981)

You are a tank that must get past obstacles and avoid enemy fire to reach a base at the far...

Stratosphere: Conquest of the Skies Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Stratosphere you own a fortress flying on a bit of rock. Via an editor, you can add different enhancements...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Stratton Air Terminal is the latest comfort in space travel. Disaster has struck though. A terrorist bomb has exploded...

Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

You play as Strawberry Shortcake, dreaming of a would full of friendship, love and strawberries. But when a greedy baker...

Streaker MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are a streaker with not a stitch on you, in the streets. As you go from room to room...

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