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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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Spelunky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This is a remake of the original Spelunky. Besides the updated graphics (which grant the often used title Spelunky HD),...

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Cho is a young farmer who travels the world in search of adventure, fame, and fortune. He is asked by...

Spewer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

You are a test subject codenamed "Spewer", born in a lab for the sake of study. Your real purpose is...

SPF: Road to Wastedmania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The wrestlers of the Smashing Potatoes Federation fight in a tournament for the world heavyweight championship belt. Each wrestler must...

SAM Coupé (1990)

Sphera is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Sphera is also the Emperor's most feared artificial prison planet and the...

ExEn (2004)

You control a ball within mazes that become increasingly complex. Your goal is to lead it from the starting to...

ExEn (2006)

Sphere Madness 2 is the sequel of Sphere Madness. The sequel adds new things like the capability to turn your...

Spherical Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Solomon's Key is a clear conceptual influence for this action puzzler. Our hero must guide a ball through a level...

Spherical Worlds Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

Spherical Worlds is a multi-directional shoot 'em up in the vein of Alien Breed where players control a small spherical...

DOS (1993)

Spheroids is a non-scrolling, top-down shooter with following background story: Robots attack Earth. The robot ships attack in waves and...

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Sphinx is on a mission using his special powers & his agility to find the stolen mystical crowns of Egypt....

Spider PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

During a break-in at a lab, a scientist accidentally has his mind transfered into a cybernetic spider. He must move...

Spiderbot PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1988)

You're a robotic insect, leading a normally happy life in your robotic jungle, when some of your robotic cousins decide...

DOS (1993)

In this straightforward action game, you're pitted against an arachnid invasion from above. In such a situation, you might expect...

Atari 2600 (1987)

It's the future, when droids do battle. You send your Spiderdroid in to capture a building by covering the structure...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Spider Fighter is an arcade style action game somewhat similar to Space Invaders. You control a bug blaster at the...

Spider-Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2001), Nintendo 64 (2000) and Macintosh (2002)

Spider-Man is the first 3D game to star the popular web-slinger. It is loosely based on Spider-Man: The Animated Series...

Spider-Man Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1990)

One of the biggest criminal masterminds of the city, Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, has pulled off the ultimate plot....

Spider-Man Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Odyssey 2 (2006)

The Green Goblin has set a super bomb at the top of a high voltage tower located on the top...

Spider-Man Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1995)

Spider-Man is a side-scrolling action game inspired by the animated Spider-Man television series. Players take on the role of Spider-Man,...

Spider-Man Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

In 2002, a major motion picture based on the classic comic book co-created by Stan Lee was released. This conversion...

Spider-Man Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Trouble's ahead for Peter Parker in Spider-Man's first appearance on the Game Boy Color: an explosion at Dr. Curt Conners'...

Spider-Man 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

This is the second Spider-Man adventure to land on the Game Boy. One day, Peter Parker wakes up feeling not...

Spider-Man 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Based on the sequel to the popular 2002 movie of the same name, Spider-Man 2 once again places the player...

Spider-Man 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

A pseudo 3D (game is played on a 2D plane, but the stages will rotate around Spider-Man at certain points)...

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