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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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Sub Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover Electronic download

Commodore 64 (2008) and Amstrad CPC (2011)

A government experiment has gone horribly wrong and, now, fish have mutated. You must save swimmers trapped by the mutant...

Sub Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2008)

A government experiment has gone horribly wrong and, now, fish have mutated. You must save swimmers trapped by the mutant...

Odyssey (1972)

Submarine requires Odyssey's game card #5.One player controls a group of ships and must follow a path in the screen...

Submarine Attack SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990)

In Submarine Attack, the player controls a submarine in an underwater environment. The player must shoot down enemies that are...

Submarine Commander Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1983)

In Submarine Commander the player is in command of submarine in the Mediterranean. His mission is to to destroy all...

DOS (1999)

Go through each screen (playing as a submarine) and destroy all the enemies with your missiles.

Submariner ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

Submariner is one of ZX Spectrum's "3-D" games, in that it is played and viewed from an isometric overhead angle....

Sub Mission PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987) and Apple II (1986)

An evil alien warlord has kidnapped two Earthlings, Peter and Sigourney. He agrees to free them only on one condition:...

Subnodule Apple II Front Cover Subnodule is listed as SUB HUNT

Apple II (1987)

You control a submarine in hostile waters. Sharing the deep sea with you are several dangerous creatures such as jellyfish,...

Sub Rebellion PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Sub Rebellion is a mission based submarine shooter game where the player controls a sub whose mission is to defend...

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

SubRoc 3-D is a shooter, where you look through a periscope and shoot at both sea and air-targets. The arcade...

SubSpace Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Choose from 8 ships, each with different handling and weaponry characteristics. Fly with up to 250 other players simultaneously, fighting...

Apple II (1990)

Sight enemy subs from your command post in your yellow submarine -- then blast away!Since the first submarine of Leonardo...

Atari ST (1995)

Substation is a first-person shooter. The story focuses on an underwater base taken over by aliens. The player has to...

SubTerra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003) and Windows (2001)

SubTerra is a puzzle/action game, reminiscent of the classics Boulder Dash and Chip's Challenge, although SubTerra is more varied.The basic...

SubTerra 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The sequel to SubTerra, this game contains yet more puzzle-based action. Levels range from easy to outrageously difficult, and require...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Subterranea is a side scrolling shooter. Your goal is to locate treasure crystals within the Hexuplex Caves. Controlling your cave...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Subterranea is a side-scrolling shooter in which players must guide a ship through 16 caves. Various enemy formations attack the...

Sub-Terrania Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Aliens have invaded a vital subterranean mining colony. Use light-speed reflexes and total concentration to fly your prototype fighter through...

Suburban Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Suburban Commando is a mix of space shooter, jump-and-run and beat-em-up.If you're a US American, the mention of the name...

Subversion: The Official Incoming Expansion Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Incoming alien threat has been eliminated, and many new corporations became mega-powerful as they exploit the alien technology left...

Subway Scramble Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Subway Scramble gives the player an opportunity to take control of the subway lines in five different world cities and...

Subway Surfers iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Windows Phone (2013)

Subway Surfers is a third-person 3D arcade-style game with platforming elements, similar to Temple Run. The player controls a character...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

A fighting game which pits you as beret-wearing Guardian Angel-style vigilante against criminals in the London Underground subway system. Using...

Sudeki Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2004)

Set in a world where realms of dark and light co-exist on top of each other, Queen Luscia of Haskillia...

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