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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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Windows (2008)

Spartan is an action fangame, based on the movie 300 and similar to a scrolling beat' em up. The game...

Spartan: Total Warrior PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Set in the battle between Sparta and Rome, you take the role of a Spartan warrior to heed into the...

NES (1991)

Somewhat more faithful to the plot of the movie than the first Spartan X game, it attempts to tell the...

Spate Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Spate is a 2.5D steampunk platformer. The protagonist Timothy Bluth is a private eye tasked to track down Scott Denton,...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Based on the popular Todd McFarlane comic book, Spawn sends the titular hero through four stages of combat. He must...

Spawn: Armageddon PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Spawn: Armageddon is a 3D action/adventure game based on the comic by Todd McFarlane, who also contributed the storyline for...

Spawn: In the Demon's Hand Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Todd McFarlane's dark comic book anti-hero, Spawn, is ready to give your Dreamcast hell. Play as Spawn (a.k.a. Al Simmons),...

Spawn: The Eternal PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Spawn: The Eternal is based on Todd McFarlane's Spawn comics. The game switches back and forth between two styles of...

Windows (2000)

Spaz Attack is a Tetris clone. Several features where added to make it more challenging than your standard Tetris game....

Spazzle Gold iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Spazzle Gold is a Whac-A-Mole variant. The player has to use a mallet to hit critters who randomly pop up...

'Speare Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In a far-flung future, the grand cultural works of literature are strewn throughout the stars, with each planet in the...

DOS (2004)

From the authors who brought us Spear Resurrection comes a direct sequel, further extending the storyline of the Spear of...

Spearhead Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This is a tank combat simulation from the makers of iM1A2 Abrams focusing more on arcade action than simulation.The premise...

Spear of Destiny Windows Front Cover Steam release

Windows (2007)

This release contains all three Spear of Destiny episodes:Spear of DestinySpear of Destiny Mission Disks - Mission 2: Return to...

Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

It's World War II and you are B.J. Blazkowicz, the Allies' most valuable agent. In the midst of the German...

Spear of Destiny Mission Disks - Mission 3: Ultimate Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

An expansion disk released both in standalone floppy version, and bundled with the original Spear of Destiny in the Spear...

Spear of Destiny Super CD Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

The Spear of Destiny Super CD Pack comes with the original Spear of Destiny, its two mission packs Mission 2:...

DOS (2001) and Windows (2011)

This freeware, fan-made sequel to Spear of Destiny comes with all-new sprites, weapons, and exploding barrels. Want to find out...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You have been sent into Moscow to help another agent, Felix 'The Cleaner' Hoover who has infiltrated the KGB Headquarters...

Special Delivery: Santa's Christmas Chaos Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

In the main, horizontally scrolling section, Santa rides his sleigh and tries to collect presents being dropped by his helpers...

Special Edition Pinball Dreams Pinball Fantasies Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, the 2 pinball simulations come together in this compilation, making for a total of 8...

Special Forces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Special Forces is a top-down arcade shooting game with a dash of strategy.It is the sequel to Airborne Ranger.When times...

Special Forces: Nemesis Strike Windows Front Cover

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

Special Forces: Nemesis Strike is an action game in which you are a part of an anti-terrorist force whose sole...

Special Forces: Operation Blood II Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Special Forces: Operation Blood II, a first person shooter, is the sequel of Operation Blood. This time the mission starts...

Special Forces: Team X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Special Forces: Team X is a multiplayer-only 3rd-person shooter set in a modern military scenario. The playing modes are Capture...

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