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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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Star Ball Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

In this budget Breakout-style game use your bat to hit the bouncing ball in an attempt to destroy a wall...

Macintosh (2004)

Starbase Defender is an arcade game in which the player is tasked with defending an interstellar base from successive waves...

Star Beacons Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Star Beacons is an arcade game very similar to Peggle with a cartoony space theme. The player controls a stationary...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Starbike is sent out into space to rescue lost yellow aliens on a succession of levels. These must be...

Amiga (1998)

A horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up from the last days of the basic 68000-powered Amiga. The levels are taller than the...

Starblade 3DO Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1991)

Sitting in the gunner position of a "GeoSword" fightercraft, you must shoot your way through the enemy armada and bring...

StarBlade DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

StarBlade is an epic space-opera, set in the vastness of the Orion galaxy, the year 3001. The human race has...

Star Blaster Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Star Blaster is an early scrolling shoot-'em-up in which the player attempts to beat back an alien invasion force, dead-set...

Star Blaze Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

HQ relies on mercenaries to do space fighting. It seems that the Theta sector has become overrun with Glaarck spaceships....

Star Blazer Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and MSX (1983)

Star Blazer is a side-scrolling shooter similar in style to Konami's Super Cobra. You are a fighter pilot on several...

Starbound Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Starbound is a 2D sandbox game where the player takes the role of a character from one of the six...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

This futuristic shooter combines two distinct styles of gameplay into a multi-level romp through space. The colony planets of New...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Starburst is a game similar to Missile Command but adapted to the limitations of the system. In the game the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You are here in your Corastron Ship to save the galaxy after scientists on the planet Sistasis blew up the...

StarCalibur Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

StarCalibur is an arcade style space combat game that takes the player to the 24th century, battling an alien race...

Star Castle Arcade Front Cover

Vectrex (1983) and Arcade (1980)

In this game you find yourself in a small ship opposed against a Star Castle. This fortress is a powerful...

DOS (1994)

Star Castle PC is a freeware remake of Star Castle. John Dondzila created this game in memory of his favourite...

DOS (1997)

Starcom is a single-player, shareware, scrolling shooter with both vertical and horizontal scrolling elements.The story behind the game is that,...

Browser (2009)

In Starcom the player has to defend the galaxy from an encroaching alien threat in a game of space combat...

Star Command: Surface_Skimmer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Star Command: Surface Skimmer is a single-player space shooter.The story behind the game is that Earth was a quiet peaceful...

Star Control DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Star Control is a science-fiction wargame which pits the forces of the Alliance of Free Stars against those of the...

Star Control 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (1998)

Since the events in Star Control 2 the Ur-Quan have been pacified and the captain who bravely destroyed the Sa-Matra...

Star Control II DOS Front Cover

Linux (2002), DOS (1992), Windows (2002), 3DO (1994) and Macintosh (2003)

Following an on-going war with the alien Ur-Quan race, the Alliance has lost. The Ur-Quan armada systematically hunts down the...

Star Cruiser Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Star Cruiser is one of the earliest Space Invaders/Galaxian variant to appear on the Apple II. Large Space Egg-like shapes...

Star Cruiser Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), PC-88 (1988), PC-98 (1988), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Sharp X1 (1988)

In the 25th century, a new age of space exploration has taken humanity throughout the galaxy. In that expansion, by...

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