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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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Santageddon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Santageddon is a multiplay-only team-deathmatch first person shooter, which puts you amidst the battle for Christmas. The game is very...

Santa Ride! Android Front Cover

Windows (2004), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Santa Ride! is Invictus' Christmas gift to the gaming community. Using Cross Racing Championship 2005's 3D engine, you have to...

Windows (1996)

Santa Slayer is a small first-person shooter with a Christmas theme. You play as Santa Claus, flying around his workshop...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

A Christmas-themed horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up. Santa is attempting to make his annual gift-delivering journey while battling renegade pixies. As Santa...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Despite being published by the same company and sharing the same title, Santa's Xmas Caper on the Amiga is different...

Sanxion Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Sanxion is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up where you fight your way through wave after wave of colourful enemies, using...

Saper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Atari 8-bit (1991)

Saper is a two-dimensional platform game with elements of puzzle-solving. The story tells of a criminal organization, which managed to...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Saper Konstruktor is a level editor for the game Saper.

Sapiens Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Windows (1996), Atari ST (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986), Thomson TO (1986) and Thomson MO (1986)

Sapiens is an adventure/arcade game that brings you back 100,000 years ago for discovering the everyday life of the Homo...

SEGA Master System (1995)

A kung fu gang, following the lead of the mighty sorcerer Naja (who's called that way for its hypnosis skills)...

SEGA Master System (1996)

Three scientists built a underwater trash processing complex in order to produce cheap energy, at the expense of the ecosystem....

SEGA Master System (1995)

The merciless Sapo Boi, with the help of the evil Lagartão and Sibila, the sorceress snake, recruited an army of...

Saraba Uchū Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Ai no Senshitachi is a game based on the Japanese anime series Uchū Senkan Yamato (known as "Star Blazers" in...

Saracen Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A combination puzzle/action game from Datasoft. In each of the 100 levels, the player moves a crusader through an obstacle...

Sarcophaser Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

This horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up puts you in control of a Sarcophaser souped-up spaceship. Waves of enemies must be faced,...

Sarge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Arcade (1985)

Sarge is a top-down shooter. The goal is to stop the invading terrorists by controlling a tank and a helicopter....

Windows (2006)

Saru Ga Daisuki is a platform game where the player controls a ninja monkey, out to save his girlfriend from...

Sasa NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1984) and Spectravideo (1984)

This is a shooting game with a twist. You are in control of a small character who has to go...

SAS Anti-Terror Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Anti-Terror Force is a first-person shooter by Dutch development group Davilex following the exploits of the British SAS, the French...

SAS Combat Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This action game is similar to Konami’s arcade game Green Beret. It scrolls from left to right, and the levels...

SAS Secure Tomorrow Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A first person shooter where you take the part of a new soldier in the British SAS. A terrorist that...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1980)

Sasuke is given a single command from his lord: defend him from ninjas. Several thousand ninjas, specifically.Sasuke can run along...

Sataan: Das Spiel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Sataan: Das Spiel is a licensed game based on the radio comedy show Sataan. It is a conventional three-dimensional platformer...

Satan Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), PC Booter (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Three magic scrolls must be found in the first part of the scrolling hack 'n' slash game, before you can...

Satan's Hollow Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Satan's Hollow is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that instead of the typical space setting of the genre involves...

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