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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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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...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

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

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 (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...

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

This game is based on the long-running British satirical television show with puppet likenesses of political figures and celebrities. A...

DOS (1993)

Despite the opportunities presented to make fun of its name ... this game really is enjoyable. You play Willy, and...

Splash Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Splash is an arcade game with color-matching elements. The player controls a fish juggling falling balls by spitting a jet...

Splash Lake TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

Splash Lake is an action strategy puzzle game. Each round consists of a single screen play area composed of tiles...

DOS (1999)

Local ants are keen to take your sugar cubes. Fortunately you are armed with a fly swatter, which can be...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), Amstrad CPC (1985) and SAM Coupé (1991)

A spider must be guided safely through a maze, eating all the patches of grass. The screen scrolls in four...

Splat! PC DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

This remake of an obscure game from 1983 adds new graphics, sounds and music while maintaining the simple but unique...

Splatterhouse TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2007), iPhone (2010), FM Towns (1992) and Arcade (1988)

Splatterhouse is the first game in the series, but only the second game to appear on a home console (after...

Splatterhouse Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Splatterhouse franchise rises from the dead in this new high-definition revamp! The new Splatterhouse is not a sequel, but...

Splatterhouse 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Wii (2008)

It has been three months since your escape from the Splatterhouse in the first game. Having been unable to save...

Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

It has been a while since the escape in Splatterhouse 2 and Rick is slowly regaining his sanity. At night,...

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