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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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Summer Camp Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

In Summer Camp, you play Maximus Mouse. The flag of Wottadump has gone missing, 24 hours before the start of...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Alzadick is a vertically-scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up designed for Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival of 1992, a game competition similar to Hudson's...

Summer Carnival '92: Recca Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Recca is a vertical-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you pilot a lone starfighter sent to obliterate the alien armada invasion...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Released specifically for Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival of 1993, Nexzr Special is a collection of short stages and modes that...

Summer Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Five events are on offer in this Olympics-style sports game. These can be played individually or as part of a...

Summer Games SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1987), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1984), Windows Mobile (2005), iPhone (2012), PC-88 (1986) and iPad (2012)

Summer Games allows up to eight players to compete in a series of summer themed Olympic events. The gameplay is...

Summer Games II PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Wii (2008)

Eight Olympic events feature in this game, and any selection of these can be played at a time. There is...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Summer Gold is a compilation of the following six games: 10th Frame Beach Head II Bruce Lee Dambusters Impossible Mission...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Summertime Specials is a compilation of the following six games: BraveStarr Captain America Rygar Solomon's Key Trantor World Class Leaderboard...

Summer Walk Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

The player controls the promenade of a group (initially three) of small birds out for a stroll while a pastoral...

Summoner 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

In the previous game the summoner Joseph became the god Urath, reborn by uniting the eight rings of summoning. Joseph’s...

The Summoning DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and PC-98 (1994)

The Summoning is a single-character fantasy role-playing adventure, set inside a huge labyrinth with 40 different levels and hordes of...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Third game in the Summon Night "Swordcraft" action-RPG spin-offs. You take the role of a young craftsknight (a combination of...

Summon Night Ex-thèse: Yoake no Tsubasa PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

A spin-off to the Summon Night strategy-RPG games, SN Ecstasy is an action-RPG in which you have direct real-time control...

Summon Night Granthese: Horobi no Tsurugi to Yakusoku no Kishi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2010)

Long, long ago, the world was bound together on one great continent, but through years of war and strife, the...

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Three years after your father was lost, you are an apprentice Craftknight. A tournament is held to find the next...

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

You are a male or female apprentice Craftknight and the Edge Fencer. It is your job to protect the seal...

The Sum of All Fears Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

The Sum of all Fears is a first person shooter game reminiscent of the Rogue Spear series. It's from the...

The Sum of All Fears Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Sum of all Fears is a shooter reminiscent of Rogue Spear. The look and feel is alike, although it's...

Game Boy (1991)

Despite what the title may indicate, Sumo Fighter is not a sports game but a side-scrolling platformer. The player takes...

Browser (2000)

Sumpfhuhn is a shooter similar to the popular German game Moorhuhn. The player shoots chickens which fly over the screen....

Commodore 64 (1988)

Sunburst is a top-down, multiscrolling shooter in which players take control of a space ship and travel through several sun...

NES (1995)

This unlicensed title contains three different games, not released separately: Sunday Funday, Fishfall and 4HIM: The Ride.Sunday Funday is an...

Sunday Lawn Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007), iPhone (2009) and Android (2013)

In this game your task is mow the 8 lawns in your neighborhood as fast an efficiently as possible. The...

PSP (2009)

Sunday vs Magazine is a crossover fighting game featuring dozens of characters from two of Japan's most popular shonen manga...

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