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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Sea Wolf Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982) and Arcade (1976)

You are the commander...and Sea Wolf puts you in charge of sinking and destroying all enemy ships. You are armed...

ZX81 (1983)

You are the commander of a submarine and you must search the surrounding waters looking for enemy ships with the...

Bally Astrocade (1978)

This cartridge consists of two games: Sea Wolf and Missile. Both can be played by one or two players.Sea Wolf...

Sea Wolves Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sea Wolves is an independently developed, free-scrolling arcade shooter published both in retail and online distribution channels. The basic concept...

Second Samurai Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and Amiga (1993)

At the end of First Samurai, the Demon King was able to flee back in time to ancient Japan, so...

Second Sight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

After waking up in a high security medical facility with no recollection of how he got there, John Vattic's memory...

Secret Agent DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

As Agent 006, you are the world's only hope: the terrorist organization known as the D.V.S. has captured the blueprints...

Atari 2600 (2001)

They've given you a number and taken away your name - "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny RiversYou, the Secret Agent,...

Secret Agent Clank PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009) and PSP (2008)

Secret Agent Clank has the character Clank from the Ratchet & Clank series taking the lead in this adventure. Ratchet...

DOS (1996)

Secret Agent : The Escape is a shareware Doom clone.The player takes the role of the secret agent who must...

Browser (2012)

The Secret Garden is a game made for the Mini Ludum Dare 37. Unlike the other LD competitions there were...

Secret Maryo Chronicles Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006), Macintosh (2008) and GP2X (2006)

Secret Maryo Chronicles is a 2D jump 'n run platformer in the style of Super Mario World. The player can...

Secret of Evermore SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

A boy and his dog live together in the town of Podunk. One day, the boy chases the dog into...

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this flick-screen side view arcade adventure, for reasons unknown you have to enter and explore a castle to find...

Secret of Mana SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Wii (2008), iPhone (2010), Android (2014) and Wii U (2013)

Once upon a time, the power of Mana was used by all people and helped their civilization grow. But as...

Secret Quest Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

It started with one station, then three, then eight. If something isn't done, the aliens will overrun Earth. It is...

NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

Secret Service: In Harm's Way Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Secret Service: In Harm's Way is a budget first person shooter incorporating some tactical elements. Players take charge of a...

Secret Service: Security Breach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Secret Service: Security Breach is a First Person Shooter that places you in the role of a Secret Service agent...

Secrets of Rætikon Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Secrets of Rætikon is a 2D side-scrolling action game set in an open world with a focus on exploration and...

Secrets of Six Seas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Secrets of Six Seas is a full 3D marble shooter game taking place underwater, at seabed level. The objective is...

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Fly as an American or German pilot in the years 1943-1945 in this WWII air combat simulation. This game features...

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe (CD-ROM) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The CD-ROM release of Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe includes the main game and its four Tour of Duty add-ons:...

Secret Weapons Over Normandy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

In Secret Weapons Over Normandy, you take the role of James Chase, an American pilot who joins a secret elite...

The Secret World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Secret World is an MMORPG set in a modern day environment, but with elements from urban legends, myths, magic...

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