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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Savage: The Battle for Newerth Linux Front Cover Legion of Man side

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

As the name implies, 'Newerth' is the New Earth some long time in the future after man has managed to...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Savage: The Ultimate Quest for Survival has you play as a lion on the Serengeti. In each level you must...

Savage Warriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

A fighting game pitting warriors plucked out of time and forced to battle each other. Savage Warriors features 10 main...

DOS (1998)

Larisa Oleynik (teen actress from The Secret World of Alex Mack) has gotten herself trapped in a hellish ASCII chemical...

Save New York Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

"Save New York" is a shooter where the action takes place on one screen only; but there are lots of...

Save the Titanic Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2014)

In Save the Titanic the player becomes the captain behind the wheel of the Titanic, the ship that sank in...

Save the Whales Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1984)

Some whales are traveling from the Arctic Ocean to Baja to breed. The bad news is a whaling ship in...

Saw Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Based on the popular movie franchise of the same name, Saw casts the player as the former detective David Tapp,...

Saw II: Flesh & Blood PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

In this sequel to Saw, Michael Tapp, son of Detective David Tapp from the first game and the movies, is...

SBK: Snowboard Kids Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

SBK: Snowboards Kids is a handheld remake of the console versions, where players can select any of eight different characters,...

Scaler PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Bobby Jenkins lives next door to Leon a scientist on the verge of discovering a device that can stabilize and...

Scamperghost Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Scamperghost borrows from the concept of Pac-Man, but with a twist and turns it into a pure avoidance game. It...

Scan Command: Jurassic Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In Scan Command: Jurassic Park the story, as in most movie-based games, is more of a backdrop to the dinosaur...

SCARAB Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Scarab is an action strategy game, with the major emphasis being on strategy elements. Scarab was designed to be played...

Scarab Shooter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Scarab Shooter is a Bust-a-Move clone with an Egyptian theme. Rows of differently colored bubbles will slowly move down from...

Scare Bear Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Fred Bear has decided to have a cheese sandwich for his supper. Eating it has made Fred tired, so he...

Scarface: The World Is Yours Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Wii (2007)

Miami in the '80s: gangs, drugs and hookers dominate the scene and a Cuban called Tony Montana rises up to...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This collector's edition contains 2 DVDs and includes:Scarface: The World is YoursMaking-of documentaryA walkthrough of the game with the producerCast...

Scarfman TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1981), TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1982)

Scarfman is a derivative clone of the famous arcade classic Pac-Man for the TRS-80 platform. Its basic theme and function...

MSX (1986)

In this basic horizontal shooter you have to defend the earth from an alien invasion. Just blast your way through...

Windows (2000)

Scarlet Grains is an action-strategy game. Navigate perilous labyrinths, collecting coins and avoiding death raining down from above. Release powerful...

S.C.A.R.S. Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

In the world of 3000 AD, the world is run by 9 different supercomputers, who are horribly bored, so they...

Atari ST (1989)

In Scary you have to save your girlfriend from a haunted house. You control a bat and you have to...

Scarygirl Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Scarygirl is a platformer based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into a line of...

Scarygirl Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Scarygirl is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game based on the franchise designed by Nathan Jurevicius, which was also adapted into...

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