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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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DOS (1993)

Squarez is a puzzle game with similarities to Tetris. Various shapes consisting of one to eight tiles appear in a...

Windows 3.x (1993)

This insectoid variant of Whack-a-Mole has the player frantically clicking on bugs. Points are scored for hitting them but lost...

Squeeballs Party Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Out on an island in the Pacific Ocean, toys known as Squeeballs are being produced. However, only the Squeeballs that...

Atari 2600 (1982)

In Squeeze Box your goal is to escape from prison! To escape, you will need to blast your way through...

Squibs Arcade iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Squibs Arcade is a collection of games inspired by contemporary video games, distilling the game play to its most fundamental...

Windows (2010)

Squid and Let Die is a fast-paced arcade-like game loosely based on Transversion. Players control the character SYNSO on a...

Squidbillies: Floor It! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Squidbillies: Floor It! was made to promote the show Squidbillies. In this game, the player takes control of young Rusty...

Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! is a single-screen arena shooter where the player controls a radioactive squid that needs to...

Amiga (1993)

Squigs is a public domain variant of Sega's arcade puzzle game Columns. In this version the blocks are represented by...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are a Pac Man type creature and you must move about various mazes collecting 250 eggs that the Queen...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Squirmer The Game is a remake of the classic Centipede game.You are flying a mini-spaceship inside a garden, filled with...

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (2007), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and MSX (1984)

Climb up the side of a series of 48-story buildings to collect suitcases full of money, while avoiding creepy monsters...

Arcade (1986)

A space-station deep in space has been attacked and overrun by an alien force. As well as destroying the aliens,...

Arcade (1992)

Alien forces have come and taken over your planet so in this vertically scrolling shoot-em-up viewed from above you must...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You were hunting in the Amazon when you become the hunted of prehistoric creatures. You found a fortress with a...

Supervision (1992)

Sssnake is a basic Snake game. The player controls a snake in a small room filled with food and obstacles....

Commodore 64 (2008)

In Stacker, your task is to build a tower, as tall as possible. At the beginning, you're facing an empty...

Arcade (2004)

The arcade game Stacker is a redemption video game with game play similar to the Commodore 64 game of the...

Stack of Bricks Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Stack of Bricks is a Breakout clone in the tradition of Arkanoid. The player controls a paddle at the bottom...

Stack Up DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Atari 8-bit (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

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The Staff of Karnath Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

This game takes place in a mysterious castle. This castle is full of spirits, traps, spiders, etc;. Your magic abilities...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Ricky Steel is a feared renegade with a mechanical arm to fire bullets, and his Class A101 armoured yet amphibious...

Commodore PET/CBM (2013), Odyssey 2 (2012), ZX81 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2012)

CBM/PET and Videopac/Odyssey2 version:Young Wizzy has practiced a spell, and as a result the elevators in his neighborhood are out...

Stake: Fortune Fighters Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

Compete in the Stake tournament for the ultimate fame. Each battle takes place in various conditions, with one of eight...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In Stalag 1, you play as commander of a WW2 prison camp, or Stammlager. Your task is to stop the...

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