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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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SEGA Master System (1995)

The merciless Sapo Boi, with the help of the evil Lagartão and Sibila, the sorceress snake, recruited an army of...

Saraba Uchū Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshitachi PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Ai no Senshitachi is a game based on the Japanese anime series Uchū Senkan Yamato (known as "Star Blazers" in...

Saracen Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A combination puzzle/action game from Datasoft. In each of the 100 levels, the player moves a crusader through an obstacle...

Sarcophaser Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

This horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up puts you in control of a Sarcophaser souped-up spaceship. Waves of enemies must be faced,...

Sarge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Arcade (1985)

Sarge is a top-down shooter. The goal is to stop the invading terrorists by controlling a tank and a helicopter....

Windows (2006)

Saru Ga Daisuki is a platform game where the player controls a ninja monkey, out to save his girlfriend from...

Sasa NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1984) and Spectravideo (1984)

This is a shooting game with a twist. You are in control of a small character who has to go...

SAS Anti-Terror Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Anti-Terror Force is a first-person shooter by Dutch development group Davilex following the exploits of the British SAS, the French...

SAS Combat Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This action game is similar to Konami’s arcade game Green Beret. It scrolls from left to right, and the levels...

SAS Secure Tomorrow Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A first person shooter where you take the part of a new soldier in the British SAS. A terrorist that...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1980)

Sasuke is given a single command from his lord: defend him from ninjas. Several thousand ninjas, specifically.Sasuke can run along...

Sataan: Das Spiel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Sataan: Das Spiel is a licensed game based on the radio comedy show Sataan. It is a conventional three-dimensional platformer...

Satan Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), PC Booter (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Three magic scrolls must be found in the first part of the scrolling hack 'n' slash game, before you can...

Satan's Hollow Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Satan's Hollow is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that instead of the typical space setting of the genre involves...

Satazius Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Satazius is a 2D side-scrolling retro-chic arcade shooter featuring an arsenal of 13 types of upgradable weapons. Players can customize...

Saturday Night Slam Masters SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), FM Towns (1993) and Arcade (1993)

Saturday Night Slam Masters is a wrestling game. Ten wrestlers with different fighting styles and individual special attacks are available....

Saturn Bomberman SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

An all out party game, this Saturn exclusive title has you controlling the little blue bomber along with up to...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Aliens in their flying saucers have invaded Earth and have set their sights on destroying the capital of the USA,...

MSX (1984) and Tomy Tutor (1982)

Saurusland is an early simulator of life in the paleolithic age, putting you as a blocky-pixeled caveman in a (non-scrolling)...

Savage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Savage contains three different parts, each with its own style. You can play all three, but to get more than...

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul Windows Front Cover

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

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is the sequel to 2003's Savage: The Battle for Newerth, a game which mixes real...

Savage Arena Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Savage Arena is a futuristic handball game, funded by local crime lords for amusement. The game is violent, fast and...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

The goal for the player of Savage Pond is to build a colony of frogs. At the start, only a...

Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1995)

The evil King Lion has crowned himself as the master of Fuun-Ken, a new style of martial arts that includes...

Savage Skies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Savage Skies is an aerial dragon combat game for the PlayStation 2. This fantasy themed game has wide range of...

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