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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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DOS (1993)

You are a brave squirrel named Skunny. Your mission is to stop the evil, demented Sadman Insane from achieving his...

DOS (1995)

Skunny has returned once again in another side-scrolling game. The graphics have been somewhat updated over his previous adventures, but...

Skweek Game Gear Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Game Gear (1991), TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The Skweeks lived in harmony for centuries, being a naturally peaceful peoples, until Pitark arrived. He ruined their bright pink...

Sky Aces Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Sky Aces is a WWI themed fighter plane game. The game comes with a campaign mode featuring ten featuring ten...

Arcade (1992)

Sky Alert is a vertically scrolling shoot'em up. There are two planes to choose from: Type A and Type B....

Skyblaster Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

Skyblaster is a shoot-em-up, in which the player flies a helicopter over a 3D landscape. The goal is to destroy...

Skyblazer SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Arianna, a young sorceress, has been kidnapped by Ashura. Sky has pledged his life to rescuing her. Sky must venture...

DOS (1994)

Sky Bombers is a shareware, single player, arcade-type shooter. The player controls a soldier with a jet pack who they...

Amiga (1991)

Sky Cabbie is a Space Taxi variant. The player takes the role of a taxi driver who has to transport...

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The Flying Legion Air Combat Challenge is a freely* downloadable game based on the movie "Sky Captain and the World...

SkyChase DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Take to the skies and fight your opponent (computer or human) on a split screen or null-modem link. Takeoffs and...

Sky Destroyer NES Front Cover

NES (1985) and Arcade (1985)

Sky Destroyer is an aerial combat game. Players take the role of a warplane that has to defeat various enemy...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

In this skydiving simulation the player can choose between three events: Accuracy diving where the goal is to hit a...

Sky Diver Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1978) and Arcade (1978)

Sky Diver is an action game for two players. The goal is to score the most points by jumping from...

J2ME (2002)

You are a sky diver, and your goal is to reach the center of the landing zone and score maximum...

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Using simple touch and accelerometer-based controls, freefall through a series of surreal fantasy environments while intercepting glowing orbs to stay...

SkyDrift Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

SkyDrift is a racing game with planes, and gameplay similar to Slipstream 5000. Players get to steer an aircraft through...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Sky Fighter is a vertically scrolling shooter without plot; the goal simply being to survive all levels and get a...

Skyfox Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1984), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and PC-88 (1988)

Aliens have invaded your beloved homeland, and you must help save it. You are flying the Skyfox, the most advanced...

Skyfox II: The Cygnus Conflict DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Pilot a starfighter on a variety of missions, from locating lost artifacts to destroying the enemy, in this early 1st-person...

SkyGunner PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Aerospace technology has linked the world together; introducing speedy planes, high flying airships and massive flying fortresses. Because of air...

Skyhammer Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (2000)

In a futuristic city, you are a mercenary pilot flying a helicopter-like craft in cyberspace. Hired by the large corporation...

Arcade (1976)

One of Nintendo's last 16mm film-based games, Sky Hawk places the player on a ship at sea. The player must...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Steven Squealburgh is directing his next big action blockbuster and needs a stuntman to help him film four big action...

ColecoVision (2004), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1984)

Vertical shooter. When a weakened and vulnerable Earth is invaded by the vicious Zephyr army, the planet's only hope is...

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