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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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Shrek the Third Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In the Game Boy Advance version of Shrek the Third, you must complete levels playing as a combination of Shrek,...

Shrek the Third Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Shrek the Third for Nintendo DS is the only game based on the movie of the same name that does...

Shrek: Treasure Hunt PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

In this game based on characters and settings from the computer-animated film Shrek, players control the titular ogre on a...

Windows (2006)

In Shriek of the Living Dead the player has to use the helpful ogre Shriek to kill zombies. The Easter...

Shrine: Circus Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Shrine: Circus Tycoon is a economical simulation where the player manages a circus. As usual the player has a building...

Windows (2005)

In Shroom Eater, you're eating funky 'shrooms, man! Using the arrow keys on the keyboard, run about the screen, gathering...

Shroomz: The Quest for Puppy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Browser (2004)

Shroomz is a Mr. Driller clone made for the casual market. The gameplay remains the same as in the original:...

Shufflepuck Cantina Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Shufflepuck Cantina is an air hockey game set in space inspired by the 1988 game Shufflepuck Cafe. The player is...

DOS (1997)

Classical Chinese literature comes to life in this game (the title can be translated as The Liangshan Heroes of Water...

DOS (1983)

Loosely inspired by the story of Prohibition-era mobster Dutch Schultz and his buried millions, this game sends you down into...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You must get ten parts from an orbiting factory to an incomplete space station. Unfortunately, a comet passed near Earth...

Siberian Strike iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

This release of Siberian Strike includes the whole story and features all the levels which where previously released in two...

Siberian Strike: Episode II J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2003)

This is the sequel to Siberian Strike, based on the Palm game of the same name originally released in 2002,...

Side Arms Hyper Dyne DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Arcade (1986)

Originating in the arcades, Side Arms is a horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em up in which you control Lieutenant Henry (a...

Amiga (1989)

This is the third light-gun game for the Commodore Amiga. It is a collection of eight arcade-style games that take...

Side Show Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1978)

A collection of six BASIC games individually loadable from tape: Apple Tree: two baskets are on either side of the...

Arcade (1979)

The object of Side Trak is to clear each level by picking up all of the passengers standing by the...

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are supposed to take your girlfriend to the Live Aid rock concert tonight; unfortunately, thieves have stolen and dismantled...

Sideway: New York Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

A young graffiti artist called Nox has lost his girlfriend. While out looking for her he is sucked into the...

Sidewinder VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1982)

Earth is once again threatened by an alien invasion. The last remaining radio tower is under attack and without it...

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Sidewinder is a side-scrolling shooter. The player assumes the role of the only survivor of a team of agents sent...

SideWinder PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

This vertically scrolling shoot 'em up varies from the standard for this style of game, as it also features a...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Sidewize's plot revolves around four planets which get attacked by evil aliens. Now the player buckles on a jetpack to...

Sid Meier's Covert Action Linux Front Cover 1st version

Linux (2014), DOS (1990), Windows (2014), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (2014)

As special agent Maximilian (or Maxine) "Max" Remington, you are the premier anti-terror agent in the world. CIA have received...

Sid Meier's Pirates! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PC Booter (1987), Amiga (1990), NES (1991), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), Macintosh (1988), PC-88 (1989) and PC-98 (1989)

Take on the life of a buccaneer in the golden age of Caribbean Piracy! This game lets you choose from...

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