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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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Commodore 64 (1992)

Star Pack is a compilation containing the following four games originally released by Gremlin Graphics: Artura Dark Fusion Future Knight...

Star Parodier Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2008)

Star Parodier is a "cute-'em-up" top-down shooter that lampoons the Star Soldier games by replacing most sci-fi elements with humorous...

Star Paws Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The Tasty Space Griffin, a rare, bird-like creature, is considered a delicacy and has acquired great value. On the moon...

Starquake Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1987), iPad (2011) and Tatung Einstein (1987)

As BLOB, the Bio-Logically Operated Being, you are sent into an unstable planet and charged with the task of preventing...

Starquest TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

Exploring a radioactive planet in the Betelgeuse sector, long desolate after the self-destruction of a legendary warlike race, you come...

Star Quest I in the 27th Century DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Star Quest I in the 27th Century is a shareware space combat flight simulation game developed by the Canadian company,...

Star Raiders Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1986), Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1979)

As the pilot of an interstellar starship, your mission is to destroy all enemy spacecraft on the galactic chart and...

Star Raiders II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Zylons have returned to attack the Celos IV star system. In this 3D shoot-'em-up, the player takes control of...

Star Ranger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Star Ranger is a comparatively slow-paced side-scrolling Shoot'em Up. The player's ship can shoot in two directions, but the shooting...

Star Rangers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The premise behind this game is that of a western, but set in the future, and in space. There is...

Star Rank Boxing Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Thomson TO (1986) and Thomson MO (1986)

Twenty tough computer opponents, finishing with legendary champion Barry McGuigan himself, await in this early boxing game. The fights take...

Star Rank Boxing II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1988)

Create a fighter and take him to the top of the Heavyweight, Middleweight or Welterweight divisions in this boxing simulation....

Star Reach DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Star Reach is set in space in the 23rd century. After an unsuccessful peace attempt between the seven alien nations...

Linux (2011) and Windows (2011)

Starry is a rail shooter with wireframe style graphics and 8 bit music. It focuses on scoring through looping levels...

Starry Night Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Softening the edges of the vertical-scrolling space shooter genre, instead of evoking a Vincent Van Gogh painting Ferry Halim has...

Star Sabre Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (2008)

Humans have colonized hundreds of planetary systems but have only found the ruins of other extraterrestrial civilizations. All we can...

Starscape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Plot: A space research station (The Aegis) tests a new drive system: 'the dimension drive'. Something goes wrong, and the...

Starseed Pilgrim Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Startseed Pilgrim is a puzzle platformer where the player control a gardener in a world with an 8-bit visual design....

Windows (2004)

Starshatter brings together some of the most popular features of space and flight sim games into a single game. The...

Starshine Legacy: Mystery of the Soulriders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Mystery of the Soulriders follows four girls as they combat evil forces in their town through the power of friendship;...

Atari 2600 (1977)

Star Ship contains three different arcade action games which can be played by one or two players.Star ShipThese game variations...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The whole Galaxy is controlled by a Federation run by a tyrant called Alana who has the only access to...

Windows (2004)

Starship Conquer is an arcade shooter set in space. The story is reminiscent of the classic game premises: Killing the...

Starship Hector NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

A top-down/side-scrolling sci-fi shooter in which you take control of a small starfighter as you make your way through an...

Starship Troopers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Do your part in war against the bugs as Elite Marauder in mobile infantry. You are given weapons like a...

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