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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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Stargoose Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Star Goose a top-down space shooter in which you move through a semi-3D environment shooting rounds and missiles at your...

Star Guard Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Star Guard is a 2D platformer brought back to the basic elements of the genre: jumping and shooting, with a...

Stargunner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1996), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Another side scrolling aircraft fighting game. You fight through a colorful landscape to do what is always done in these...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Players take the role of a stargunner for the Yarthae Empire. The Empire is being invaded by the Sphyzygi. The...

DOS (1994)

You could think of Star Hammer as Wing Commander in 2D. You are the pilot of a combat space ship...

Windows (1999)

The year is 2499, and a mixed bag of space-travelling species struggle for ascendancy amongst the stars. Battle is waged...

Vectrex (1982) and Arcade (1979)

In StarHawk you zoom along a trench in a large sphere like object. All around space going vessels will fly...

Starhawk PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Starhawk is a third-person shooter and the spiritual successor to Warhawk. The game retains the large-scale mayhem of the earlier...

Game Boy (1993)

The story of StarHawk is about an evil alien race which wants to conquer everything. The player controls a space...

Staries Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

Staries is similar to Gems Swap but you position stars. Also, rather than swapping two stars or rotating four, you...

Starion Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Aliens using a time machine have changed several crucial events in earth history. As Starion, a rookie starfighter pilot in...

Star Ixiom PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Star Ixiom is a remake of the classic 1985 game Star Luster. You play the role of a pilot for...

Starlight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Starlight, inspired by coign of vantage, players need to form signs in the sky watching the starts at night....

Star Luster Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1985)

In Star Luster, the player controls Dan Heinick, a pilot of the starfighter Gaia. He is tasked with having to...

Atari 2600 (1982)

A cockpit view space shooter very similar to Star Raiders but not requiring a keypad. In your starship, you must...

DOS (1983)

In this side-scrolling shoot-'em-up the player assumes control of a speedy fighter ship, flying low over hostile territory. The region...

Windows 3.x (1997)

Star Merc is a single-player, first-person, space shooter from Diversions Software. The object of the game is to achieve a...

DOS (1992)

StarMines II: Planet Of The Mines is a single player space shooter.A huge cloud of dangerous objects was discovered in...

Star Monkey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Star Monkey is a shareware space shooter game that follows the legacy of such classics as Raiden, Aero Fighters, etc....

Star Ocean SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

A young boy named Ratix lives in the town Clatos on a planet with medieval culture, together with his best...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Star Ocean: Blue Sphere is an installment in the Star Ocean series and is a direct sequel to Star Ocean:...

Star Ocean: First Departure PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Star Ocean: First Departure is an enhanced remake of the original Super Famicom game, Star Ocean, which was never released...

Star Ocean: Second Evolution PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Star Ocean: Second Evolution is a PSP-exclusive, remastered version of the Playstation 1 role playing game Star Ocean: The Second...

Star Ocean: The Second Story PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Claude Kenni is a young man who recently joined the Earth Federation, following the steps of his father. A strange...

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time is the original, Japanese-only release of the game. The Japanese Director's Cut, US...

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