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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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Apple II (1990)

Sight enemy subs from your command post in your yellow submarine -- then blast away!Since the first submarine of Leonardo...

Atari ST (1995)

Substation is a first-person shooter. The story focuses on an underwater base taken over by aliens. The player has to...

SubTerra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003) and Windows (2001)

SubTerra is a puzzle/action game, reminiscent of the classics Boulder Dash and Chip's Challenge, although SubTerra is more varied.The basic...

SubTerra 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The sequel to SubTerra, this game contains yet more puzzle-based action. Levels range from easy to outrageously difficult, and require...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Subterranea is a side scrolling shooter. Your goal is to locate treasure crystals within the Hexuplex Caves. Controlling your cave...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Subterranea is a side-scrolling shooter in which players must guide a ship through 16 caves. Various enemy formations attack the...

Sub-Terrania Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Aliens have invaded a vital subterranean mining colony. Use light-speed reflexes and total concentration to fly your prototype fighter through...

Suburban Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.If you're a US American, the mention of the name...

Subversion: The Official Incoming Expansion Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Incoming alien threat has been eliminated, and many new corporations became mega-powerful as they exploit the alien technology left...

Subway Scramble Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Subway Scramble gives the player an opportunity to take control of the subway lines in five different world cities and...

Subway Surfers iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2013)

Subway Surfers is a third-person 3D arcade-style game with platforming elements, similar to Temple Run. The player controls a character...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

A fighting game which pits you as beret-wearing Guardian Angel-style vigilante against criminals in the London Underground subway system. Using...

Sudeki Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2004)

Set in a world where realms of dark and light co-exist on top of each other, Queen Luscia of Haskillia...

The Suffering Windows Front Cover

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

You play the role of Torque, a death row inmate with an ambiguous past who has been imprisoned for slaying...

The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Front Cover

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

The Suffering: Ties That Bind follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by combining a disturbing horror atmosphere with action/shooter...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You are an android called Scih-Berg and you have been sent by your masters to the planet Nilmerg to clear...

Suicide Mission Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Suicide Mission is an arcade action game similar to Asteroids. You control a microscopic submarine navigating the bloodstream of someone...

Suicide Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

A side scroll single shooter aviation game which involves missions flown against an enemy headquarters that requires demolition. Your fuel...

SEGA Saturn (1996)

An enhanced port of Suiko Enbu (aka, Dark Legend) exclusively upgraded for the Saturn.The game is a one-on-one 2D fighting...

Nintendo DS (2006)

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Tipton Trouble is a 3d action platforming game featuring puzzles based on the...

The Suit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

There are five suits, each being a complete set of living armour, and they have all invaded Earth. Four Suits...

Sullivan Bluth Presents Dragons Lair NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The NES version for Dragon's Lair brings Dirk the Daring in a side-scrolling game, different from the interactive movie gameplay...

Summer Camp Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

In Summer Camp, you play Maximus Mouse. The flag of Wottadump has gone missing, 24 hours before the start of...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Alzadick is a vertically-scrolling sci-fi shoot-em-up designed for Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival of 1992, a game competition similar to Hudson's...

Summer Carnival '92: Recca Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Recca is a vertical-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you pilot a lone starfighter sent to obliterate the alien armada invasion...

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