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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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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...

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You're in a castle, where a series of magical phenomena have been taking place: a young girl and a military...

Spirits Remake Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

This freeware remake of the Spanish platform-adventure from 1987 updates the graphics and sounds while maintaining the same gameplay of...

Spirits & Spells PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

In Spirits and Spells the player takes the role of the two kids Alicia and Greg who visit a spooky...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

In Spirits and Spells the player takes the role of the two kids Alicia and Greg which visit a spooky...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Control Little Creek and Little Brook as you rescue the horses and return them to Homeland. Play across five environments,...

Spiritual Warfare DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Game Boy (1994), Genesis (1994) and NES (1992)

Spiritual Warfare is a Zelda-like overhead action game where you play as a soldier of God, fighting the forces of...

Spirou DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), Game Boy (1996), SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Spirou is a platform side-scroller based on popular Franco-Belgian comic strip Spirou et Fantasio. The story begins in New York...

Spirou: The Robot Invasion Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Spirou: The Robot Invasion is a 2D side'scrolling platform game based on the Franco-Belgian comic Spirou et Fantasio.Fantasio bought a...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

You are a Spitfire pilot and you have been tasked to fly your plane across the English Channel and destroy...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In this game, you are an American fighter pilot. Your mission is to shoot down enemy planes, shoot enemy ammo...

Browser (2003)

Spitfire: The Battle of Britain is a vertical-scrolling shooter that gives the player control over an RAF Spitfire aircraft battling...

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