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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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Sharp Shot Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Sharp Shot is collection of 4 single-button action games: Touchdown Passing, Space Gunner, Submarine, and Maze Shoot. The goal of...

Shatter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Shatter is a modern take on the video game classic Breakout. Like in the original game, the player has to...

Windows (2001)

Shattered Galaxy is a massive-multiplayer game that mixes several genres, including role-playing, turn-based strategy, real-time strategy, and tactical combat, in...

Shattered Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Shattered Horizon is a 3D first-person shooter that puts the player in a space environment near Earth (circa 2050 AD)...

Shattered Horizon: Premium Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This is the retail release of Shattered Horizon. Besides the main game, it also includes: The first Shattered-Horizon-DLC Moonrise which...

Shattered Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Shattered Steel is a first-person 3D action game similar in concept to MechWarrior series. The player takes control of bipedal...

Shatterhand NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Shatterhand is an action game with eight-direction scrolling. You control Shatterhand in his quest to find and defeat General Grover,...

Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

This handheld version is different from it's Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder, but still features the same set up. The player...

DOS (2013)

Shaw's Nightmare is a freeware indie first-person shooter inspired by the classic titles of the genre, most notably DOOM. The...

DOS (1992)

She Bo is a Chinese-made clone of Pang/Buster Bros.. As in the original game, the goal in each level is...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Zzyaxians are on a quest to rule every part of the Universe and have set their sights on the...

Sheeplings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

In Sheeplings you take control of the sheepdog Windsor, and using his bark you direct three different types of sheep...

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper is a collection of the following games: Sheepoid DX is a re-release of Sheepoid (a...

Shellshock DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Da Wardenz, an anti-terrorist tank force, is called in whenever there is trouble somewhere in the world. You are a...

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

For all the soldiers there, Vietnam is already like hell. But one month after a US plane carrying a top-secret...

Shellshock: Nam '67 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Shellshock takes you back to the years of the Vietnam war. You take on the role of a rookie soldier...

Shenmue Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

On a November day when the snow turned to rain, Ryu Hazuki arrives home just in time to see his...

Shenmue II Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Xbox (2002)

After his father was murdered by a mysterious Chinese man known as Lan Di, Ryo Hazuki swears to avenge his...

Dreamcast (1999)

This limited edition includes: Shenmue Bonus CD with music from the game

Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Sherbet Thieves: Moonshine Edition is a 2D indie game that combines twin-stick shooting and defense mechanics.As jetpack mercenary Proton Joe,...

Arcade (1979)

In Sheriff you control a sheriff whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by a gang of bandits. The gang has surrounded...

Sherlock Holmes: Hakushaku Reijō Yūkai Jiken  NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

The great detective Sherlock Holmes has another case to solve. This time the case involves trying to solve the mystery...

J2ME (2009)

Set in the year 1891, Sherlock Holmes: The Official Movie Game features the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal...

Sherman M4 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Sherman M4 is a 3D tank simulator. It is set in World War II and includes 3 campaigns; Normandy, Ardennes...

Windows (2008)

Shi is a puzzle-solving surreal horror game with retro-styled graphics. The player controls a girl who wakes up deep in...

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