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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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Space Dungeon Atari 5200 Front Cover

Atari 5200 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Space Dungeon is an arcade style shooter. You control a spaceship within the space dungeon which consists of numerous rooms....

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

Space Eggs is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that is quite similar to Space Invaders and Phoenix, games where...

Windows (2003)

Space Empires: Starfury is a new installment in the long-lasting Space Empires series. No more tiny 2D graphics this time...

Space Escort VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In Space Escort you are from a doomed planet and your job as a space fighter pilot is to escort...

J2ME (2003) and Mophun (2003)

Space Explorer is one of many games based on Atari's classic arcade game Lunar Lander. The objective is to fly...

Arcade (1980)

Space Fever is Nintendo's own (unauthorised, hence no copyright notices on-screen) clone of Taito's Space Invaders. In order not to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Space Fight is a simple shooting game for two players. Both players control a space ship on the screen. They...

Supervision (1992)

Space Fighter is an action shooting game starring a team of three robot soldiers, who must defend their cities from...

Arcade (1980)

In Space Firebird, your ship has wandered into an asteroid field full of creatures called Space Firebirds. They are not...

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe is space simulation in which the player has to make a living in space. Like other games...

Space Fortress DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999)

Fleets of alien vessels are quickly approaching the Space Fortress! They are overwhelming and there is no chance of victory....

Space Fortress VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

You are thrown off course by a computer malfunction while cruising through space and encounter the evil Sistorian space fortress....

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Captain Black and after a routine space patrol, your crew and spacecraft have been pulled through a black...

Space Fuck! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

An act of procreation...30 years later...A father gives his son a space suit on his deathbed. Using the associated jet-pack...

Space Fury ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1982) and Arcade (1981)

"So! A creature for my amusement! Prepare for Battle!" These are the words uttered by the alien commander upon starting...

Space Giraffe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Space Giraffe is a fast-paced arcade shooter, created by Ivan Zorzin and Jeff Minter, and built on the Neon Xbox...

Space Griffon VF-9 PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1995) and Dreamcast (1999)

Space Griffon VF-9 is a graphically enhanced version of the earlier computer game Hamlet.The largest moon base, "Hamlet", has stopped...

Space Gun Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), Amstrad CPC (1992) and Arcade (1990)

2039 A.D. Man begins deep space exploration in search of new life forms and usable fuel sources. What he discovers...

Space Hack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Overpopulation on Earth has made governments pass a restrictive law established to force people off the planet. Playing the role...

Space Harrier DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), SEGA 32X (1994), NES (1989), SEGA Saturn (1995), Atari ST (1988), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Sharp X68000 (1987), Sharp X1 (1988), FM-7 (1987), Arcade (1985) and PC-6001 (1987)

Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big...

Space Harrier 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Space Harrier 3-D is more like Space Harrier 1 1/2. While it's not a direct sequel to Space Harrier, it...

Space Harrier II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010) and Arcade (1989)

Space Harrier II follows (very closely) in the footsteps of its predecessor and involves you (a Space Harrier) going off...

SEGA Saturn (1996)

This Limited Special Pack of Space Harrier comes with the official Sega Mission Stick.

Space Haste Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Space Haste is an arcade space-shooter, modified Asteroids clone. The story so far : Dr. Chromedome is a typical villain...

Space Hawk Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

Space Hawk is an arcade action game feature gameplay similar to Asteroids. You are an astronaut stuck in deep space....

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