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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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Shadow Tower: Abyss PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Legends say that there was once a prosperous kingdom ruled by a mighty monarch, his powers bestowed upon him by...

3DO (1994)

The leader of S.H.A.D.O.W., the world's largest criminal organization, has been murdered. Choose one of the seven fighters available and...

Shadow Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (2013), Macintosh (1997), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Lo Wang has been working as a Shadow Warrior (a bodyguard and mercenary of sorts) for the powerful Zilla Corporation...

Shadow Warrior Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the 1997 first-person shooter Shadow Warrior. The player controls the ninja mercenary Lo Wang...

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Shadow Warrior Classic Redux is a port of Shadow Warrior and also includes the expansions Twin Dragon and Wanton Destruction....

DOS (1990)

Anarchists have rigged the Fenton building with bombs, and it's your job to dismantle as many as you can before...

Shake! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Shake! is a game which lifts the gameplay straight out of one of the mini games in Bishi Bashi Special....

Shakii the Wolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this Korean-made cartoony arcade platformer, the player gets to control Shakii the wolf (who happens to look more like...

Shalom: Knightmare III MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

In this game, you play the role of a Japanese high-school student, the leader of computer club. Above all, you...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

Shaman King: Power of Spirit PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Control Yoh in an all-new adventure and use his powers as a Shaman to fight nefarious foes and train to...

Windows (2013) and Browser (2013)

Shambles is a first person shooter game taking place during a zombie apocalypse. Made for the 7DFPS game jam, it's...

Shamus PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Game Boy Color (1999), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1982), TI-99/4A (1983), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and PC-6001 (1983)

Infiltrate the lair of the elusive Shadow, shoot and sneak your way through his army of robotic minions, and hunt...

Shamus: Case II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You play Shamus, a sort of detective and dungeon-crawling adventurer in one. In a previous game, you managed to get...

Windows (2003)

Shanghai Dragon is a 3D rail shooter, similar to The House of the Dead or Virtua Cop. The action takes...

Amstrad CPC (1988)

The Changchun Academy was one of the most prestigious karate schools in ancient China. But when the evil Wang Chen,...

Shanghai Karate Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Shanghai Karate is a one-on-one beat 'em up game. The player takes on the role of Lio Yin. By defeating...

Shanghai Warriors Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Shanghai Warriors is a side-scrolling fighting game featuring three levels: an airport, a military base, and a harbor. The main...

Shank Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Shank is a side-scrolling fighting game starring the titular character, an ex-mob hitman. Shank wants to avenge the death of...

Shank 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shank 2 is the sequel to Shank and just like the first game it is a 2D side-scrolling platformer based...

Shantae Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The small fishing village of Scuttle Town is a quiet and peaceful place, thanks mainly to its protector, the self-appointed...

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Nintendo 3DS Front Cover Prerelease

Windows (2015), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the third game in the Shantae series. After losing her genie powers in the...

Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2010) and iPad (2011)

When Shantae's Uncle Mimic returns from an expedition, he presents the residents of Scuttle Town his latest find. But he's...

Shaolin PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Shaolin is a fighting game for the PlayStation. Duels take place in 3D fighting arenas. Between the fights, the player...

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