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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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PSP (2009)

Sunday vs Magazine is a crossover fighting game featuring dozens of characters from two of Japan's most popular shonen manga...

SunDog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1985) and Apple II (1984)

You just inherited a one-man star freighter - the SunDog - from an uncle who died under mysterious circumstances. You...

Sunny Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sunny Ball is a game similar to Breakout, that contains classic and colorful levels. Like similar games the player controls...

Sunset Flavors Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Sunset Flavors is a time management game where the goal is to serve cold drinks to thirsty customers at a...

Sunset Riders SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993) and Arcade (1991)

The Wild West...full of the criminal element. Sir Richard Rose, the most despicable face in the criminal lot, has enough...

Windows (2007)

Sunset Runner is an obstacle game created for the gamma 256 competition (Kokoromi/Montreal International Game Summit/Society for Arts). The player...

Sunshine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Sunshine is an experimental gameplay prototype similar in design to Phyta. The player uses the mouse to command a little...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Sunsoft Collection bundles SunSoft's only two games for the Neo-Geo platform:Galaxy Fight: Universal WarriorsWaku Waku 7Both games also include original...

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

In Sun Star the player takes control of a special space ship constructed to collect energy from 16 solar grids...

Sun vs. Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The Moon has decided unilaterally that its little slice of night is quite simply not enough and that the time...

Dragon 32/64 (1988)

Supa Nova is a bit of a cross between two old Atari games; Asteroids and Missile Command. As in Missile...

Super Advanced Breakout Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

Super Advanced Breakout is a Breakout variant: you have a pad (in this case a purple rectangle), a ball, and...

Super Adventure Island SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Wii (2011)

You are a caveman named Master Higgins. You have a beautiful girlfriend, and you like spending time sunbathing together on...

Super Adventure Island II Wii Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii (2011)

Master Higgins finally marries his lovely girlfriend Tina. But out of nowhere, a powerful tropical cyclone destroyed the idyllic mood...

PlayStation (1998) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

Dr. Wiley is at it again! This time he's uncovered an ancient temple that houses a super computer he uses...

Browser (2008)

Super Adventures of Matt in Hazard Land: Extreme Alpha Advance is a "remake" of the 1983 arcade hit Adventures of...

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Wii (2008)

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise is the sequel to Air Zonk where once again the player takes control of the...

NES (1985)

The object of Super Arabian is to collect all the pots on the screen, while avoiding pests like birds and...

Lynx (1995)

Two classic Atari arcade games were updated for this compilation. This Lynx version of Asteroids and Missile Command contains some...

Super Avatar World Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Super Avatar World is a colorful side-scrolling platform game that takes more than a little inspiration from the classic Super...

Super Back to the Future Part II SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Super Back to the Future Part II is a side-scrolling action game where the player controls an anime-like Marty through...

DOS (1992)

Super Ball! is a single player Breakout clone.The player has a paddle which moves left / right. A ball is...

Atari 2600 (1988)

This game is an altered version of the Atari 2600 version of RealSports Baseball. The game controls are identical. The...

Super Baseball 2020 Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1991)

In the year 2020, baseball finally evolved. There is no longer conventional professional baseball in 2020. Baseball designed by the...

Super Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game  SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

This game features two different modes of play: Classic Battleship and Super Battleship.Classic Battleship is the typical Battleship game where...

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