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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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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Captain Kirk has just received an urgent transmission from the commander of Starfleet detailing the situation on Nimbus III. The...

Star Trigon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), iPod Classic (2008), iPhone (2008) and Arcade (2002)

Star Trigon is an arcade game originally released in 2002, and much later ported to other platforms. The main character...

Windows (2000)

In Startron the player controls a space ship which flies on a two-dimensional surface. While flying the ship leaves a...

StarTropics NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Wii (2008)

In StarTropics, you play the part of Michael Jones. Mike's uncle (Dr. Jones, a famous archaeologist) is on C-Island looking...

Amiga (1992)

In Starush, a vertically scrolling shooter, the player has to save four worlds based on the four elements (three levels...

Star Voyager NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

CosmoStation Noah, located in Spiral Galaxy IX, is under siege by Molok Wardrivers. Now it's time for the pilot of...

Star Voyager Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Star Voyager is an action game similar to Star Raiders. You control the space ship Star Voyager from a first...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

There are three distinct sections to this space shooter. The first is Galaxians-inspired, with waves of aliens coming down the...

Atari ST (1990)

Star Wars is a horizontally scrolling shooter written in STOS.In each level the player has to combat enemy ships, asteroids...

NES (1987)

Released only in Japan, this Famicom version of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope features a black-haired version of...

Star Wars Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), NES (1991), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This game is based closely on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It combines a number of gameplay styles,...

Star Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), GameCube (2003), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Macintosh (1988), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Arcade (1983)

Star Wars is a first-person shooter based around the final scenes of the original Star Wars film. It first appeared...

Star Wars Action Pack  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Included in this Star Wars compilation are the following 3 games: Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II Star...

Star Wars Arcade SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1994) and Arcade (1994)

Star Wars Arcade is a 3D shoot 'em-up set in Episodes 4, 5, and 6 of the Star Wars saga....

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner is an arcade-style shoot-'em-up and the first Star Wars game with augmented reality technology. Players...

Star Wars: Attack on the Death Star Sharp X68000 Front Cover

PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Star Wars: Attack on the Death Star recreates the final battle from the "Star Wars" movie, putting the player at...

Star Wars: Battlefront Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

For the first time in gaming history, after countless games depicting various aspects of the rich Star Wars universe (including...

Nintendo DS (2009)

X1 and X2 are twin brothers, both clone troopers created from the DNA of a Jedi Master. They fought together...

Star Wars: Battlefront - Elite Squadron PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009)

Previously in the Star Wars saga, an unknown story developed between two brothers, codenamed X1 and X2. These two brothers,...

Star Wars: Battlefront II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and PSP (2005)

A second helping of Battlefront provides all the same multiplayer action with an added level of spice, and plenty of...

Star Wars: Battlefront - Renegade Squadron PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is a continuation of the Battlefront series and an exclusive for the PSP. Once again...

Star Wars: Bounty Hunter PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Jango Fett is about to take on a project that could make or break his bounty hunting career, and his...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Clone Was Adventures is a free to play online virtual world in which players can socialize in classic Star Wars...

Star Wars: Dark Forces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2009), PlayStation (1996) and Macintosh (1995)

Kyle Katarn is a former Imperial officer turned mercenary, now hired by the Rebel Alliance. After having stolen the Death...

Star Wars: Demolition PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

A demoliton derby in the Star Wars universe. Essentially, Vigilante 8 with Star Wars vehicles. Use anything from a Swoop...

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