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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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Windows (2005) and Windows 3.x (2001)

SkiFree is the standalone version of the game originally included as a part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3 (1991)...

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2004)

Skipping Stone is a one-button game where the player throws a stone, to have it skip as far as possible...

Windows (2001)

Taking as its point of departure a scene in the 1985 movie The Toxic Avenger in which "Skippy" (played by...

Skoczny Jacuś Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Skoczny Jacuś is a is a clone of the old ZX Spectrum game Jumping Jack. One day Skoczny Jacuś decided...

Skool Daze Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Skool Daze sets you as Eric, a typical scamp of a schoolboy whose school report is due, and it is...

Skout Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Humanity's most dangerous enemy, the Kybernoids, have invaded and occupied Lugubrios, a planet of paramount strategic value. The Kybernoids have...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983), Dragon 32/64 (1983) and Oric (1983)

Skramble is a variant of Scramble (with the spelling changed for legal reasons). Apart from the obvious hardware limitations, this...

Skramble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983), MSX (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

A clone of one of the world's most cloned games, Scramble, this is another example with the world's most popular...

VIC-20 (1982)

Skramble is another Scramble clone named Skramble, this time from Rabbit Software. You fly above a coarse landscape filled with...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Skramble is a version of the classic arcade shooter Scramble which has you controlling a ship over seven levels, over...

VIC-20 (1982)

Skramble! is a version of Scramble for the VIC-20 by Terminal Software. The player has to direct a ship in...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

The world of Light is vanishing... No more glimmer, no more warmth, not even the slightest spark. Only you, Skrull...

Sküljagger: Revolt of the Westicans SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The pirate Sküljagger and his crew hold the island of Westica hostage. Forcing the people who live there to be...

Skull Cracker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Skull Cracker can be considered the spiritual successor to the 1991 title Creepy Castle that Bill Appleton wrote for Reactor...

Skull & Crossbones DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Fight as either Red Beard or One Eye through various pirate themed levels, like ships and forts, and even some...

Skull & Crossbones NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The player will fight as either Red Beard or One Eye through various pirate themed levels, like ships and forts,...

Atari ST (1987)

Skull-Diggery is a Boulder Dash-clone for medium resolution. As in the original game you have to collect a certain number...

Skullgirls Windows Front Cover

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

Skullgirls is a 2D fighting game with a cast of eight playable fighters. In addition to the random arcade mode...

Skullmonkeys PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Skullmonkeys is the successor title to The Neverhood, which came out only on PC (and, in Japan, as "Klaymen Klaymen"...

SkullPogo iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

SkullPogo is a casual arcade-style approach to zombie-killing via skeleton on a pogo-stick. By tilting the iPhone (or configureably using...

DOS (1994)

Skull Quest II: The Vortex is a single player, shareware, DOS dungeon crawl game.The basic story behind this game is...

DOS (1993)

Skull Quest I: The Cyan Sarcophagus is a single player, shareware, dungeon crawl game for DOS.Two hundred years ago the...

DOS (1993)

Another game in the Skunny series. This is the original Skunny, a side-scroller in which you must collect various items...

DOS (1993)

After his trip back to the Ancient Rome in Skunny: Save our Pizzas, Skunny the squirrel just wants to get...

DOS (1993)

All TV Satellite dishes have been stolen by a horde of crazed Schnozes. Astronauts were sent to the Moon to...

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