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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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SEGA Saturn (1995) and 3DO (1995)

In Strahl, the story takes place in a world where magic and monsters roam the land, terrorizing innocent villagers. The...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Strange Loop is an arcade action game with 240 different rooms, each filled with dangers. The protagonist, clad in a...

Windows (2010)

Strangers is a short game made for a school project, a "pushing the boundaries'' seminar. It only takes two minutes...

The Strangers Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1997)

In a run-down world, plagued by criminality and bad social conditions, a notorious gangster boss is on the run. A...

Atari 2600 (1981) and Arcade (1981)

You are a tank that must get past obstacles and avoid enemy fire to reach a base at the far...

Strato Sphere Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Strato Sphere is a second part of Excelsor. The action takes place five years later after first part of the...

Stratosphere: Conquest of the Skies Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Stratosphere you own a fortress flying on a bit of rock. Via an editor, you can add different enhancements...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Stratton Air Terminal is the latest comfort in space travel. Disaster has struck though. A terrorist bomb has exploded...

Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

You play as Strawberry Shortcake, dreaming of a would full of friendship, love and strawberries. But when a greedy baker...

Streaker MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

You are a streaker with not a stitch on you, in the streets. As you go from room to room...

Stream Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Stream is a short, monochromatic game about time manipulation. It uses the same concept previously explored in Braid, The Misadventures...

Stream Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Browser (2011)

Stream is a first-person game set in a monochrome world where the player needs to traverse different areas, using time...

StreamLine Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

StreamLine is a basic side-scrolling race game similar to Dotstream. The player controls a line that moves continuously forward, and...

Street Boyz PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Gouki, the leader of the Hell Black Heaven gang, has a wicked scheme going down: Operation Gang Snatch. He plans...

Street Cat DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Sports game featuring you, the cat with various stages. Your task is the pass various obstacle courses, each more difficult...

Street Combat SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Street Combat is a one-on-one 2D fighting game in which several martial artists, athletes and crime-fighters from all across the...

NES (1987)

One of the few NES games that uses the Power Pad. You play a cop who must chase down and...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

An consortium from some yuppie executives want the building that houses Joe Lebrinskis' Gym on the East side, and the...

Street Cred Football ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Removing the corporate poshness and ambition of modern football, this Players title gives you a basic street match for one...

Street Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Windows (2006), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), TurboGrafx CD (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

You are Ryu, a Street Fighter. Your goal is to travel to 5 countries (Japan, USA, England, China and Thailand)...

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The player is Ken, the hero of the Street Fighter series. It's been 25 years since he last participated in...

Street Fighter Alpha 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2009), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1996)

Another Street Fighter sequel (this time for Street Fighter Alpha) adds even more to the classic fighting series.New characters in...

Street Fighter Alpha 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), Dreamcast (2000), Game Boy Advance (2002), SEGA Saturn (1999), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1998)

Street Fighter Alpha 3, the third game in the Alpha series, has a total of 31 fighters, the most in...

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX is a conversion of the 2D arcade fighter Street Fighter Alpha 3. Featuring a roster...

Street Fighter Alpha Anthology PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Street Fighter Alpha Anthology includes direct coin-op conversions of the following games: Street Fighter Alpha Street Fighter Alpha 2 Street...

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