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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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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...

Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2008), Wii (2010), iPhone (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2012)

Sid Meier returns to his roots with this remake of Sid Meier's Pirates!, his 1987 game about sailing the high...

Sid Meier's Pirates! PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Sid Meier's Pirates! for the PSP is a mix between the PC and Xbox version that were released two and...

Sid Meier's Pirates! (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Limited Edition of Pirates came out in a bigger carton box which contains the game on 2 CDs, a...

Sid Meier Triple Game Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This compilation contains 3 Sid Meier games including: Covert Action, Pirates! and Railroad Tycoon.

Odyssey 2 (1982)

Sid the Spellbinder! was one of the three games specifically designed to use the resources of The Voice. It is...

Siege ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983), Commodore PET/CBM (1983) and BBC Micro (1983)

Siege is a simple arcade game where the player is defending a medieval castle. You stand at the top of...

Siege of Avalon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Siege of Avalon is a traditional fantasy-RPG with an isometric view. The setting is an imaginary land which has been...

Sierra's 3-D Helicopter Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

In 3-D Helicopter Simulator, fly the McDonnell Douglas AH-64A Apache attack helicopter. The game allows the player to fly over...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The space station Sigma 7 has a problem: all robots have gone havoc. Now the player has to set things...

Sigma Star Saga Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Ian Recker, a spy for Earth, is sent undercover as a prisoner so that he can become enlisted in the...

Sign of the Sun DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

In the future, a series of nuclear disasters have devastated the Earth and forced it into an orbit nearer the...

Sikor Soft *.ATR & *.XEX Goodies Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (2009)

This compilation includes the following commercial and freeware games:Commercial:ABC Cyborg Ketchup Magic of Words Max Neuroid Sexy Six Sexy Six:...

DOS (1997)

Sila's Quest is a simple platform game, without configuration options (there isn't a main menu). Taking the role of a...

Windows (1998)

Silencer is an easy to learn action/strategy multiplayer side-scrolling platform game that emphasizes team play. Players control hackers on Mars...

Silent Assault NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A deadly alien force has taken control of all of the Earth's military forces. For some reason, the alien power...

Silent Bomber PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2006), PlayStation 3 (2006) and PS Vita (2012)

Silent Bomber is an old school style game which takes place in the future. You play as a character named...

Silent Conversation Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Silent Conversation tells classic stories, poems and haiku in an interactive way, inspired by Walter Savage Landor's motto What is...

Silent Debuggers Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

Arriving at a desolate cargo station searching for treasure, a debugger and his buddy Leon encounter monsters instead.Silent Debuggers is...

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