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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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Speedx 3D Android Front Cover

Symbian (2011), Android (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Speedx 3D is an action game where the player races through a tunnel at high speeds. The player views the...

Windows (2001)

Speedy Blupi is a platform game made by a european company named Epsitec. In this game you control Blupi, a...

Speedy Eggbert Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Speedy Eggbert is a parallax side-scrolling action game where the title character and hero has a phenomenal vertical leap. Eggbert...

Speedy Gonzales Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

Speedy Gonzales is a platform game in which the player controls the Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales.The player can run...

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Speedy Gonzales: Aztec Adventure is a side-scrolling platformer based on the Looney Tunes cartoons. Sylvester the cat has kidnapped all...

SNES (1994)

In a small Mexican village, all the mice were enjoying a fiesta until Los Gatos Bandidos, a group of cats,...

Speedy Lander Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Speedy Lander you have to successfully land (without crashing) your lander on all three pods and achieving transmission height...

Speed Zone Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

"Speed Zone" is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up with a classic style.The player, who flies a latest-generation spacecraft, must destroy...

Spellbinder: The Nexus Conflict Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Spellbinder: The Nexus Conflict is an online-only multiplayer-shooter based on the P&P-RPG "Rolemaster". It plays in a medieval fantasy scenario...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The apprentices Sortice and his twin Ceroapp are ready to become certified sorcerers - but just now some nasties had...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Spellbound Dizzy is a continuation of the adventures of the egg and his friends, this time containing over 100 screens...

SpellCaster SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

SpellCaster is an action/adventure game where you play the role of Kane, who has been summoned by Daikak, the great...

SEGA Master System (1988)

Kujakuō is based on the comic by the same name, published in Young Jump in the late eighties and drawn...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Spell of Destruction is about a magician guild which requires a special final test for its students. The protagonist Drinn...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a wizard who has volunteered to search the Magic Maze for the evil sorcerer Ashlaa and kill him....

Spelunker NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1985)

In this game, you are a spelunker who climbs deep down mountain caves in search for treasure. The levels consist...

Arcade (1986)

The arcade sequel to Spelunker, entirely different from the console game also titled Spelunker II. This one closely retains the...

NES (1987)

The beautiful Fairy Land has been ruled by the evil demon Geyla for a thousand years. You are a nameless...

Spelunky Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2011)

Spelunky is a platform game about an explorer who discovers a cave in the desert and ventures inside to loot...

Spelunky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This is a remake of the original Spelunky. Besides the updated graphics (which grant the often used title Spelunky HD),...

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Cho is a young farmer who travels the world in search of adventure, fame, and fortune. He is asked by...

Spewer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

You are a test subject codenamed "Spewer", born in a lab for the sake of study. Your real purpose is...

SPF: Road to Wastedmania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The wrestlers of the Smashing Potatoes Federation fight in a tournament for the world heavyweight championship belt. Each wrestler must...

SAM Coupé (1990)

Sphera is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Sphera is also the Emperor's most feared artificial prison planet and the...

ExEn (2004)

You control a ball within mazes that become increasingly complex. Your goal is to lead it from the starting to...

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