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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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Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Loosely based on the comic book series, the story opens as Carnage breaks out of the insane asylum and wreaks...

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Symbiotes have taken over New York, the city is in chaos, and only Spider-Man has a chance of stopping this...

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Although Spider-Man: Web of Shadows shares some features as previous Spider-Man games there are also many differences including no movie...

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and PSP (2008)

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition is a 2D side-scroller with 3D graphics. The story is similar to...

Spider-Man X-Men: Arcade's Revenge Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993) and Game Gear (1994)

Spider-Man and members of the X-Men have teamed up in this side-scrolling action game to fight against Arcade, who has...

Windows (2001)

In Spiders Web the player controls a spider at the to of the screen. The player has to capture insects...

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2013) and iPad (2010)

Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor is a side-scrolling action/puzzle game in which the player takes control of a spider...

The Spiderwick Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles is based off of the film by the same name. In this version, the player takes control...

Spike Vectrex Front Cover

Vectrex (1983)

The villain Spud has captured your girlfriend Molly! As the hero Spike you need to rescue her. She is being...

Spike ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Spike wishes to find the fabled Magic Dream Sphere, which will make his every wish come true. As such, he...

Spike - A Love Story Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

An anthropomorphized mechanical spike trap, akin to Super Mario 3's Thwomp, waits attached to a dungeon ceiling for platforming heroes...

Spike in Transilvania Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

After a rough crossing of the North Sea, Spike the Viking is washed ashore. He ends up in Transilvania, which...

Spikeout: Battle Street Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Take control of one of 16 characters in a 3D cityscape environment of Diesel Town to fight your way through...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Spike's Peak is an action game where you need to climb to the top of a mountain! Gameplay takes place...

Spikey's Bounce Around Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2013)

Spikey is a round and bluish little fellow with spikes all over his body that lets him stick to many...

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Winter is nearly here and Spiky Harold the hedgehog has only 24 hours to eat as much as he can...

Spindizzy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

As GERALD (Gyroscopic ExploRAtion Landing Device) you must explore 385 screens of Hangworld, using limited fuel. The game is viewed...

Spindizzy Worlds SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

On it's most basic level, Spindizzy Worlds is, like its predecessor, similar to Marble Madness. Controlling GERALD, you must move...

Spin Jam PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

The "Spin Jam" universe is in peril from the evil Moolamb. To foil his plans you must become the "Spin...

Spinmaster Wii Front Cover

Neo Geo (1993), Wii (2010), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1993)

An evil doctor has kidnapped John and Tom's friend, Mary, and has stolen their treasure map. Rescuing Mary and getting...

DOS (1982)

Spinout is a clone of the game Breakout and features similar gameplay. At the top of the screen are four...

Spinword Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Spinword, you control a block that rises up the screen. The block has 4 letters on it, and you...

Amiga (1988)

In Spinworld the player takes control of a two-man space ship, manned by Ronald and Joe, which is sent out...

Spiral Knights Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Spiral Knights is a free-to-play massively multiplayer action role-playing game, with a focus on instanced adventures. When the Spiral Knights...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In October 1983 author John Worsley hid 40 diamond talismans and one larger 'The Great Wight Eye' all over the...

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