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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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Smart Bomb PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Smart Bomb is a puzzle game that has the player disarming a series of bombs. Not only does the player...

Smart Splitter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Smart Splitter is a puzzle game that, at first glance, looks much like a Breakout clone. However, while the goal...

Smash Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

Smash is a Breakout clone, where the player must bounce a ball to destroy bricks and keep it from falling...

Smash Hit iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

In Smash Hit the player moves through an abstract landscape of crystal and glass, and his goal is to make...

Smashing Drive Xbox Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Xbox (2002), GameCube (2002) and Arcade (2000)

Smashing Drive puts you in the driver's seat of an insane, outrageous taxi on the busy streets of New York...

Smashing Pumpkins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Are you ready for a smashing good Halloween?On the screen, you are presented with a group of eight Jack-o-lanterns. Also...

DOS (1993)

Pumpkins from all over the planet stole Earth's candles to their home planet. Now, as an axe yielding maniac, you...

MSX (1984)

A basic Breakout clone written in BASIC, Smash Out gives you a very small ball and a very small bat...

Smash the Mole J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Destroy those pesky moles, drive them out of the garden once and for all. As the Frenzy Island Best Vegetable...

Smash T.V. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Xbox 360 (2005) and Arcade (1990)

The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest between two armed-to-the-teeth combatants,...

Smaze Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Smaze is a demake of the 3d first-person shooter Haze, created for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition. While many elements...

Smileyville Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2009)

Smileys... they're everywhere, but for such happy folk you'd think they'd get along with each other easily. Turns out that...

Atari 8-bit (1989)

Smok is an adaptation of the classical concept of snake games for up to two players. The player has to...

Windows (2002)

Smoke Attack is a top-down shooter game made for the Swiss government as part of an anti-smoking campaign. The player...

Smoking Guns: Shooting Gallery! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Smoking Guns: Shooting Gallery! is a virtual shooting gallery with different themes: from western levels with towns and forts to...

Smokin' Guns Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009) and Windows (2009)

Smokin' Guns is a total conversion of Quake III made available as a stand-alone title. It is a multiplayer game...

Windows 3.x (1993)

The game represents a shooting gallery with six scenes, each with a different guns and targets: a total of 36...

Windows (2001)

Smuc's are small strange creatures that are always getting into trouble. They have limited vision and not much sense of...

Smuggler's Run 2: Hostile Territory PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and GameCube (2002)

Race around five unique massive levels transporting various contrabands all the while avoiding police and other smugglers.You are a smuggler...

Smurf Racer PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

This kart racer features the Smurfs as characters. Choose one of eight (with four secret) characters to race with among...

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and ColecoVision (1982)

Smurfette has been kidnapped and is being held atop a platform in Gargamel's castle. The player controls a smurf across...

The Smurfs' Nightmare Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1997) and Game Boy Color (1999)

The Smurfs' Nightmare is the third installment of the Smurfs series about little blue dwarfs and their arch-nemesis, evil wizard...

The Smurfs Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), NES (1994), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

The evil Gargamel has captured three of the smurfs, so that he can have them for dinner (Once again). One...

The Smurfs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1997), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1995)

Free the Smurfs before Gargamel smurfs then all! Platform game where you will be able to play with the jockey...

The Smurfs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This game is targeted to young players. This is a 3d lateral view platformer where the player controls one of...

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