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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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Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Wanpaku Graffiti is the first Splatterhouse game to appear on a home console. It is not clear how it fits...

ZX Spectrum (2008)

splATTR is a shooting game where the player controls a crosshair over a playfield that can scroll in all directions....

DOS (1996)

SplayMaster is a tournament-style space combat game that is reminiscent of the battles in Star Control 2.The game is played...

Split Personalities Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Sliding block puzzle games were one of the many non-electronic forms of entertainment re-made with new twists for the digital...

Split/Second Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Split/Second is a TV show all about cars, destruction and explosions and they are always looking for new participants. For...

DOS (1997)

In Splitterwelten a whole solar system was bombed. Now the splinters of the five planets are floating through the space...

'Splosion Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

You are 'Splosion Man, the latest psychotic nuclear experiment from the irresponsible eggheads at Big Science. Having escaped his vault,...

Splume Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Splume is a Bust-A-Move variant that is based on the original concept of shooting bubbles of different colours to clear...

Amiga (1997)

A Dynablaster clone written in AMOS, Spod Blaster has the usual assortment of labyrinths where you and your mates may...

SPOGS Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Wii (2008)

SPOGS Racing is a racing game for the Wii and PC. The game has four modes, which are Season, Crash...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is based on the immensely popular Nickelodeon cartoon series. In this game, players control...

SpongeBob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), GameCube (2006) and Wii (2006)

It’s the dead of night in Bikini Bottom and the sleeping SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton seem to be having nightmares....

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

It's night time at Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob and his friends are asleep, dreaming. SpongeBob dreams about getting his driver's...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Diner Dash Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

SpongeBob SquarePants Diner Dash is a time management and waiter game featuring the famous cartoon character. It has gameplay mechanics...

SpongeBob SquarePants Featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This game begins with mysterious glob-like creatures named Morphoids falling from the sky. You must stop these invaders from taking...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Multiplayer party game based on the popular kids show SpongeBob Squarepants, where a TV show has pitted the characters of...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! for Windows is a slightly different game from the console versions. The story is the...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is different from its counterpart for Windows or the consoles. Like in the other versions...

Spongebob Squarepants: Nighty Nightmare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This game has you entering the dreams of characters from SpongeBob Squarepants, including SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton. You play this...

SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

SpongeBob and his pet snail, Gary were playing fetch one morning, when Gary found an old bottle in SpongeBob´s yard....

SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

SpongeBob wants to give his friend Patrick Star autographs from their Favourite Superheros, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. But first,...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

On a heroic, comedic quest through more than 20 levels of platform, driving and sliding action, SpongeBob and Patrick leave...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2006)

SpongeBob's favourite superheroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, are in some serious trouble! After a bungled attempt by the Dirty Bubble to...

SpongeBob's Truth or Square Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Mr. Krabs has entrusted SpongeBob with his recipe for the Krabby Patty, but in all the excitement, SpongeBob loses it....

Spook Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

Spook is a Pac-Man variant that stays close to the concept of the original game. The player controls a muncher...

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