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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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Smack Wacker MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Smack Wacker puts you into the role of a pair of false teeth, stuck in a maze filled with fluour...

Small Arms Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Small Arms is a hybrid of a platform and a fighting game. Played on a single-screen playing field or forced-scrolling...

J2ME (2003)

Small Faces is a clone of PopCap's Bejeweled, only that the jewelry in different colors now has been replaced with...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Small Jones is a top view maze game where the screen scolls up or down when you move as you...

Small Soldiers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Small Soldiers is a third-person action game released at the same time as the movie of the same name. Instead...

Small Soldiers Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Small Soldiers is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The plot revolves around a war between...

Small Soldiers: Squad Commander Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Small Soldiers: Squad Commander is a single player Real Time Tactics game based on the movie Small Soldiers and targeted...

Small-Time Scorched Earth Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This entry in the VNGN competition combines the gameplay from Space Invaders with Missile Command. Players control a small tank,...

Browser (2007)

Arty Towers is being raided by art thieves and all that stands in their way is Kirsten and blobs of...

SNES (1991)

King Geoffrey of Kyliria has recently passed away. Jerry, his eldest son, was all set to take the throne, however...

Smart Bomb PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Smart Bomb is a puzzle game that has the player disarming a series of bombs. Not only does the player...

Smart Splitter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Smart Splitter is a puzzle game that, at first glance, looks much like a Breakout clone. However, while the goal...

Smash Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

Smash is a Breakout clone, where the player must bounce a ball to destroy bricks and keep it from falling...

Smash Hit iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

In Smash Hit the player moves through an abstract landscape of crystal and glass, and his goal is to make...

Smashing Drive Xbox Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Xbox (2002), GameCube (2002) and Arcade (2000)

Smashing Drive puts you in the driver's seat of an insane, outrageous taxi on the busy streets of New York...

Smashing Pumpkins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Are you ready for a smashing good Halloween?On the screen, you are presented with a group of eight Jack-o-lanterns. Also...

DOS (1993)

Pumpkins from all over the planet stole Earth's candles to their home planet. Now, as an axe yielding maniac, you...

MSX (1984)

A basic Breakout clone written in BASIC, Smash Out gives you a very small ball and a very small bat...

Smash the Mole J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Destroy those pesky moles, drive them out of the garden once and for all. As the Frenzy Island Best Vegetable...

Smash T.V. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Xbox 360 (2005) and Arcade (1990)

The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest between two armed-to-the-teeth combatants,...

Smaze Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Smaze is a demake of the 3d first-person shooter Haze, created for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition. While many elements...

Smileyville Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2009)

Smileys... they're everywhere, but for such happy folk you'd think they'd get along with each other easily. Turns out that...

Atari 8-bit (1989)

Smok is an adaptation of the classical concept of snake games for up to two players. The player has to...

Windows (2002)

Smoke Attack is a top-down shooter game made for the Swiss government as part of an anti-smoking campaign. The player...

Smoking Guns: Shooting Gallery! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Smoking Guns: Shooting Gallery! is a virtual shooting gallery with different themes: from western levels with towns and forts to...

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