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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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Shaman King: Power of Spirit PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Control Yoh in an all-new adventure and use his powers as a Shaman to fight nefarious foes and train to...

Windows (2013) and Browser (2013)

Shambles is a first person shooter game taking place during a zombie apocalypse. Made for the 7DFPS game jam, it's...

Shamus PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Game Boy Color (1999), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1982), TI-99/4A (1983), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and PC-6001 (1983)

Infiltrate the lair of the elusive Shadow, shoot and sneak your way through his army of robotic minions, and hunt...

Shamus: Case II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You play Shamus, a sort of detective and dungeon-crawling adventurer in one. In a previous game, you managed to get...

Windows (2003)

Shanghai Dragon is a 3D rail shooter, similar to The House of the Dead or Virtua Cop. The action takes...

Shanghai Karate Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Shanghai Karate is a one-on-one beat 'em up game. The player takes on the role of Lio Yin. By defeating...

Amstrad CPC (1988)

The Changchun Academy was one of the most prestigious karate schools in ancient China. But when the evil Wang Chen,...

Shanghai Warriors Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Shanghai Warriors is a side-scrolling fighting game featuring three levels: an airport, a military base, and a harbor. The main...

Shank Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of...

Shank 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shank 2 is the sequel to Shank and just like the first game it is a 2D side-scrolling platformer based...

Shantae Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The small fishing village of Scuttle Town is a quiet and peaceful place, thanks mainly to its protector, the self-appointed...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Nintendo 3DS Front Cover Prerelease

Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in the Shantae series. After losing her genie powers in the...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shaolin PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Shaolin is a fighting game for the PlayStation. Duels take place in 3D fighting arenas. Between the fights, the player...

CD-i (1995)

Shaolin's Road is a action adventure that takes place in medieval China. When Tsu Yu's father, a powerful warlord, is...

Shao Lin's Road Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

The arcade follow-up to Yie Ar Kung Fu switches from the one-on-one style into a platform beat 'em up design....

Shape Shifter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), Macintosh (2006) and Browser (2004)

Shape Shifter is a puzzle game with silhouettes and a circus theme. The objective is to drag and drop the...

Shape Shifter TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

The Dark Ones have captured the Ring of Five and imprisoned the wizards that guard it. A barbarian named Lykos...

Shaq Fu SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1995), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994) and Game Gear (1995)

While en route to a charity game in Tokyo, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal (called "Shaq" for short) is drawn into...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The seas of the world are now full of man eating sharks and it's up to you to dive in...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Shark is a 2D-horizontal-scrolling arcade shoot-em-up comparable to games like X-Out, Katakis, Delta, and Armalyte. Your craft is armed with...

J2ME (2002)

In Shark Attack the player takes control of a diver who has to search for treasure in shark infested waters....

Windows (1999)

Shark Attack is a freeware game in which you play a shark. There are two game sections in the game:...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Operation Wolf and The Untouchables combine for this action game set in 1920s Chicago. You play Lieutenant Sharkey, who has...

Shark Hunter MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984) and Odyssey 2 (2006)

In Shark Hunter the player controls an Eskimo protecting fish stocks from the attack of sharks.The Eskimo starts standing on...

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