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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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Space Ace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2007), Jaguar (1995), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1993), Macintosh (1994), iPhone (2009), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Arcade (1983)

Following the successful gameplay of Dragon's Lair, Don Bluth released this second conversion of his Laserdisc games series.You're playing Dexter,...

SNES (1993)

Borf has kidnapped Dexter's girlfriend Kimberly and is threatening to turn earth's population into babies using his "Infanto Ray". Naturally,...

Space Ace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Apple IIgs (1990) and Macintosh (1990)

Intergalactic hero Space Ace faces off against the evil Commander Borf, who hits him with an Infanto-Ray, turning Ace into...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Space Ace is a shooting game with a first person perspective. The player can scroll his view in eight directions...

Space Ace II: Borf's Revenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Another Laserdisc conversion of one of Don Bluth’s cartoons: Space Ace II: Borf’s Revenge continues the saga of young cadet...

DOS (1996)

This compilation assembles three science-fiction-themed games from Electronic Arts' catalog: Crusader: No Remorse Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger...

Space Armada Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

Space Armada is a clone of the game Space Invaders. Rows of bomb dropping aliens are invading your home planet,...

Spaceball Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Spaceball is a basic Pong variant. The plot is set in 2164 and the planet Utalis was conquered by the...

Windows 3.x (1996)

Space Bastards is a Space Invaders clone with raytraced graphics, lots of weapon power-ups and a two player mode. You...

Space Battle Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Intellivision (1979)

Space Battle is a one player game that pits you against the computer.Five alien fleets of different sizes are attacking...

Atari 2600 (2006)

The intergalactic treaty of 2345 has been broken by a race known as the G'ohrn. You are on patrol in...

Amiga (1987)

Space Battle is a one or two player version of the classic arcade game Asteroids where you have to survive...

Jupiter Ace (1982)

Space Battle is a single screen shooter where you must move around the screen blasting the various formations of aliens...

Space Battles DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

Space Battles contains four different games on one disk: Space War Moon Lander Meteor Shower: In this game numerous meteors...

Atari ST (1989)

Space Blob is a 15 level platform game in which the player has to help Blob collect crystals and try...

Spacebound Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Captain Bloom was traveling across the universe when, passing nearby the Earth, his ship crashed into one of our satellites,...

Space Bunnies Must Die! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3rd person, Tomb Raider-esque action game, you take on the role of Allison Huxter, a truck-stop waitress who...

Space Busters MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

In this classic-style Space Invaders game,you can move your ship left and right at the bottom of the screen. You...

Space Camp MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Based on a special effects movie, Space Camp takes place in space (it says so in big letters on the...

Browser (2007)

Randolph Clark Rodriguez (Captain Randy) roams the galaxy in his trusty ship, the Capstar II. His latest task is to...

TRS-80 (1982)

Space Castle for the TRS-80 is a clone of the coin-op arcade game Star Castle. As in the original arcade...

Space Cavern Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are the commander of an intergalactic starship on a mission to explore new, strange planets. After landing on a...

Space Channel 5 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Dreamcast (1999) and Game Boy Advance (2003)

Hey there, Space Cats! Some pesky little aliens called Morolians are trying to take over Earth, and they're forcing the...

Space Channel 5: Part 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), PlayStation 2 (2002), Dreamcast (2002), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

It's the 25th century. Several lunar cycles have passed since Ulala saved human kind and repelled the Morolian invasion against...

Space Channel 5 (Special Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

This special edition is a two-disc set which chronicles the adventures of news reporter Ulala, as she defeats enemies through...

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