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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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Spore + Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This compilation includes: Spore (base game) Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (content add-on)

Sports Champions PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Sports Champions is a compilation action-sports title meant to show off Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller in a similar vein...

Sports Spectacular DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

This compilation includes 4 sport games: Magic Johnson's Fast Break John Elway's Quarterback Orel Hershiser's Strike Zone Rick Davis's World...

Spot Goes to Hollywood PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), Genesis (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

The central character in this game is Spot, the little red mascot from the 7-Up TV commercials. Spot has somehow...

Android (2013)

Devised by Motorola's Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) division, this is an ongoing "theatre" presenting interactive 3D films playing through...

Game Boy (1993)

In Spot: The Cool Adventure the player takes on the role of Spot, the 7UP mascot. The player is tasked...

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2009)

Sequel to Spriggan, Spriggan Mark 2 is one of the few side-scrolling shooters developed by Compile (as opposed to the...

Springer Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

You are Springer the rabbit. You must jump from cloud to cloud, collecting everything you can, to reach the sun.You...

Sprintmaster Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1988)

Sprintmaster is an action racing game similar to Super Sprint. The game is played with an overhead view of the...

DOS (1997)

Spryjinx is a platform game in which two players compete to get the highest score by jumping on platforms. Platforms...

Game Boy (1991)

In Spud's Adventure the player takes the role of a potato who is tasked with rescuing the king's kidnapped daughter....

Windows (2006)

"Spud's Quest" is an adventure platformer, a fan-made Dizzy clone. Spud looks quite similar to Dizzy (Dizzy is a walking...

Dragon 32/64 (1987)

As you can deduce from the name, this is a blatant copy of First Star's classic Spy vs. Spy. You,...

DOS (1983)

Spyder is an arcade action game where you need to shoot numerous spiders that are attacking! As they make their...

Spy Fiction PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

In Spy Fiction, a terrorist organization has gained the ability to use biotech weaponry and is planning to use it...

Spy Fox in Cheese Chase Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

Something sure smells funny… the Limburger Cheese has been kidnapped! Spy Corps operatives have evidence that spy Russian Blue has...

SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

King Konglomerate, CEO of a mustard company, launches a series of robots to steal and destroy tomatoes so that he...

SpyHunter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2001), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002), GameCube (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

Evil multinational corporation, NOSTRA are ready to destroy the world and keep what's left, but as the Spy Hunter, it...

Spy Hunter PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), Palm OS (2002) and Arcade (1982)

Originating in the arcades, Spy Hunter is a driving action game played from an overhead point of view. Your car...

SpyHunter 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Spy Hunter 2 is a fast paced action racing game that features the innovative ability to transform into 3 different...

Zodiac (2004)

Spy Hunter: Missile Crisis was inspired by the Spy Hunter released in 2001. Like that, it is a full 3D...

SpyHunter: Nowhere to Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

SpyHunter: Nowhere to Run is a combination of racing/3rd person shooter that stars professional wrestler-come-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson...

Spy Kids Learning Adventures: Mission: The Candy Conspiracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Candy Conspiracy is one of a series of four Spy Kids Learning Adventures. In this episode, the Spy Kids,...

Spy Kids Learning Adventures: Mission: The Nightmare Machine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Nightmare Machine is one of a series of four Spy Kids Learning Adventures. In this episode, the Spy Kids,...

Spy Master Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Atari 8-bit (1993)

The game "Spy Master" is a side-scrolling platform shooter. The player directs the character of Charles Cat, CIA Special Agent...

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