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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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Windows (2008)

A group of masked, and heavily girded, ne'erdowells have stormed one and then another building, taping hostages to chairs as...

DOS (1993), Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Morty Maxwell, the Master of Mischief, has moved into the Shady Glen Technology Center and taken over as the head...

Super Solvers: Midnight Rescue! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Master of Mischief is planning on making Shady Glen School disappear! He has invented disappearing paint, and turned five...

Super Solvers Mission: T.H.I.N.K. Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999), Windows 3.x (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Super Solvers Mission: T.H.I.N.K is a game in the Super Solvers series that involves logic and puzzle solving. Morty Maxwell...

Super Solvers: OutNumbered! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1995)

One of the education games aimed for older elementary students, from The Learning Company's classic Super Solver's series.The Master of...

Supersonic iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011), iPad (2011) and webOS (2011)

Supersonic is a tunnel racing game driven by music. The game is played from a first person perspective and the...

Amiga (1993)

One of the last multi-event sports simulations, ten events are brought to life here, including sprints, hurdles, swimming, and field...

Super Spy ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

In Super Spy a jet fighter carrying a nuclear warhead has disappeared under mysterious circumstances while out on a training...

NES (1991)

In the year 2525, things are a mess. politically. Terrorists led by someone named "X" want to attack the United...

The Super Spy Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1990)

Roy Heart has been asked by the CIA to wipe out terrorists who have taken over a large skyscraper of...

Superstar Chefs Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003), Macintosh (2005), Browser (2006), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Superstar Chefs is a platform game in which you play as a chef, trying to get back his stolen recipes...

Super Stardust DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

Like Stardust, in this Asteroids clone you control your Panther PX-2 ship through successive waves of asteroids and other enemies,...

Super Stardust HD PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Super Stardust HD is a remake of the Super Stardust for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32. There are three...

Super Stardust HD Complete PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Super Stardust HD Complete includes the original game Super Stardust HD and two add-ons; Super Stardust HD Solo Pack and...

Super Stardust Portable PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Super Stardust Portable is an asteroid arcade shooter viewed from above and is based on the PS3 version of Super...

NES (1986)

In the Almanac dimension, the year 2010 brought in the final destruction of the evil planet Gordess by the space...

Superstar Indoor Sports Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Four Indoor Sports are compiled in this entry to DesignStar's SportTime line of recreations. Ten-Pin Bowling, Air Hockey, Darts and...

Commodore 64 (1993), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Five game pack featuring superstar Seymour: Sergeant Seymour Robotcop Seymour Goes to Hollywood Stuntman Seymour Super Seymour Saves the Planet...

SuperStar Soccer MSX Front Cover

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

Much of the design and programming of Superstar Ice Hockey (by many of the same programmers) is revised to provide...

Super Star Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2006)

Super Star Soldier takes place in the far future, where you are the last hope for planet Earth, which is...

Super Star Wars SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Wii (2009)

The story of this game is based on Episode IV: A New Hope, the first of the original Star Wars...

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995), SNES (1994), Game Gear (1995) and Wii (2009)

You select your character from the movie (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, or Chewbacca) before each level, as each...

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2009)

The sequel to Super Star Wars is, as the name implies, based on Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the...

Super Street Fighter II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1995), Amiga CD32 (1995), Wii (2007), FM Towns (1994), Sharp X68000 (1994), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1993)

Super Street Fighter II is a sequel to Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter II Championship. The game features...

Super Street Fighter II Turbo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Dreamcast (2000), Amiga (1995), 3DO (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Fighting game ported from the classic and wildly popular "Street Fighter 2" franchise. Choose from a variety of characters and...

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