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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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SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

SpongeBob wants to give his friend Patrick Star autographs from their Favourite Superheros, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. But first,...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004), GameCube (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

On a heroic, comedic quest through more than 20 levels of platform, driving and sliding action, SpongeBob and Patrick leave...

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2006)

SpongeBob's favourite superheroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, are in some serious trouble! After a bungled attempt by the Dirty Bubble to...

SpongeBob's Truth or Square Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Mr. Krabs has entrusted SpongeBob with his recipe for the Krabby Patty, but in all the excitement, SpongeBob loses it....

Spook Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

Spook is a Pac-Man variant that stays close to the concept of the original game. The player controls a muncher...

Spooked ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

As an experienced ghoul-chaser, you think you can handle anything when you get a call to explore a haunted mansion....

Spooks Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

Spooks is an action-adventure game where the goal is to collect eight musical boxes and play them at the exit....

Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

King Michael has promised the hand of marriage to Princess Clare to anyone who can save her from Spooky Castle....

Spookyman ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Spookyman is a Pac Man clone for 1 or 2 players.The game consists of a maze around which the player...

DOS (1991)

Spore is the hitherto unimagined mash-up of two seemingly irreconcilable and disparate video game genres: the text adventure game and...

Spore Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

In Spore the player has to accompany a new race through five stages of its evolution.First there is the Cell...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The location of Spore is a laboratory in which hazardous spores are cultured. Unfortunately there was an outbreak and soon...

Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Creepy & Cute Parts Pack is an items add-on to the original Spore game, similar to the Stuff expansions for...

Spore: Galactic Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore: Galactic Adventures is the first real add-on to Spore and focuses solely on the space phase of the game...

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle includes: Spore (main game) Spore: Galactic Adventures (add-on)

Spore Hero Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Spore Hero is the first appearance of the Spore franchise on the Nintendo Wii platform. This title merges both simulation...

Spore Origins iPod Classic Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), Windows Mobile (2009), Symbian (2009), iPod Classic (2008), iPhone (2008), N-Gage (service) (2009), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2010)

The mobile version of Spore initially has two game modes, Evolution, where the player creates a spore which he has...

Spore + Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This compilation includes: Spore (base game) Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (content add-on)

Sports Champions PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Sports Champions is a compilation action-sports title meant to show off Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller in a similar vein...

Sports Spectacular DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

This compilation includes 4 sport games: Magic Johnson's Fast Break John Elway's Quarterback Orel Hershiser's Strike Zone Rick Davis's World...

Spot Goes to Hollywood PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), Genesis (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

The central character in this game is Spot, the little red mascot from the 7-Up TV commercials. Spot has somehow...

Android (2013)

Devised by Motorola's Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) division, this is an ongoing "theatre" presenting interactive 3D films playing through...

Game Boy (1993)

In Spot: The Cool Adventure the player takes on the role of Spot, the 7UP mascot. The player is tasked...

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2009)

Sequel to Spriggan, Spriggan Mark 2 is one of the few side-scrolling shooters developed by Compile (as opposed to the...

Springer Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

You are Springer the rabbit. You must jump from cloud to cloud, collecting everything you can, to reach the sun.You...

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