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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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Snowy: Treasure Hunter 3 Windows Front Cover Alawar release

Windows (2007)

Snowy, bored with serving customers at the restaurant he runs with Browny, one day decides that he needs to get...

Snuggle Truck Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2014)

Snuggle Truck is a side-scrolling physics-based driving game where the objective is to keep the wild zoo animals in the...

DOS (1991)

One of the first games produced in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sobor is a beat-em-up featuring...

Soccer NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

Soccer is an action game for two players or one player against the computer. You can play the game in...

Soccer Kid DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (2003), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1993), Jaguar (1996), Amiga (1993), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Windows Mobile (2002)

Aliens attempting to steal the World Cup have crashed as they tried to flee, and the Cup has been broken,...

Socket Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Socket is a fast-paced platform game in the vein of Sonic the Hedgehog. The evil overlord Time Dominator has constructed...

SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The Socom series continues with a single player campaign. 32 player capability is added to the online experience. The series...

SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

SOCOM II is the sequel to the hit tactical action game SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALS. SOCOM II like the original...

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals is a military action game, putting you in command of an elite four-person team, that takes...

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Confrontation PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Confrontation is the first game in the long-running third-person tactical shooter series to appear on...

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo is a third-person tactical shooter for the PSP, transforming the PlayStation 2 SOCOM...

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Fireteam Bravo 2, the sequel to the PSP title SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo, retains the original concept...

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Tactical Strike PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Tactical Strike is the third hand-held game in the long-line of the SOCOM series. This one differs from its console...

Soda Pipes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Soda Pipes is a puzzle game similar to the classic Pipe Mania. Basically the player has to build a pipe...

MSX (1988) and Sharp X1 (1987)

A girl named Sofia touches a magical crystal and gets teleported to a parallel world, now she has to find...

Commodore 64 (1985)

SoftAid is a charity compilation of ten games with all proceeds going to The Bob Geldof Band-Aid Ethiopian Appeal Fund:...

Sōkaigi PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Mt. Fuji has split in half bringing forth the Garan who want to take control of Earth. The Garan's power...

Windows (1999)

Baldrfist is a hybrid of an overhead shooter and a fighting game. It is set in the same universe as...

Sōkyūgurentai SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1996)

Soukyugurentai is a top-down shooter using an elaborate combination of pre-rendered and real-time 3D graphics as well as 2D pixel...

Solar Crusade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and CD-i (1999)

Solar Crusade, the follow-up to Chaos Control, is a cartoon-movie based science-fiction rail shooter game like Rebel Assault. The player...

Solar Eclipse PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Solar Eclipse is a 3D shooter that takes place on and near the many moons of Saturn. You are a...

Solar Flare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Solar Flare is a fast-paced real-time strategy title with different planets battling each other while orbiting a destabilizing sun. The...

Solar Fox Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Solar Fox, your mission is to guide a space ship though a solar cell matrix and collect as many...

Solaris Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1986)

The Zylons are back, and are attempting another takeover of the galaxy! Your goal is to destroy all of the...

Solaris 1.0.4. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In the future, mankind has mastered space travel, and joined the race for galaxy colonization. Many alien races try to...

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