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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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Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter is the third game in the X-Wing series of Star Wars space combat simulators from. The...

Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter - Balance of Power Campaigns Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter - Balance of Power Campaigns is an add-on to Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE...

Star Wars: Yoda Stories Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Game Boy Color (1999)

Star Wars: Yoda Stories is the second game in Lucas Arts' Desktop Adventures series. The player is Luke Skywalker, and...

Starwinder PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

Starwinder is a space-based racing game, where the "road" is a twisting and turning rail which you have to stay...

Windows (2001)

Star Wraith 2 is the second instalment in the Star Wraith series of space combat simulation games. In addition to...

Windows (2002)

Star Wraith 3 is a shareware space combat game. You can play through a branching campaign where your choices effect...

Windows (2004)

Star Wraith IV: Reviction is a sci-fi action game where the player controls a space ship. Humanity is in danger...

Star X Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

You have been sent on a peace envoy to a newly-discovered alien race, only to find out that what they...

State of Decay Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

In State of Decay, the player (initially) takes the role of Marcus who is faced with a sudden problem: the...

State of Emergency Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2003)

It's some time in the far future, where The Corporation controls everything. People are generally happy, except for a resistance...

State of Emergency 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

State of Emergency 2, the sequel to the first game, paints a bleak vision of a future in which individual...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Static Shock is an action platformer for the Game Boy Advance, based on the animated series of the same name.The...

Amiga (1994)

Seemingly, even with Tetris over 5 years old by the time this game was made, there were new things to...

Windows (2000)

Statto Software's first game, you try to Pong your way through a tournament. Two player mode also.

Stay Tooned! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Sierra's Stay Tooned! is a mix of Saturday morning cartoon slapstick and adventure. Gameplay is similar to Monty Python's Complete...

Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Stealth Bastard is a stealth based platform game. The objective for each of the game's 28 levels is simple: get...

Stealth Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In 2038, a war rages between the EMA ( Economic and Military Alliance) and the Great Empire. You must choose...

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark (Ultimate Edition) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2014)

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark (Ultimate Edition) is a PS4 port of Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the...

Steam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Steam is a color matching game with a strong arcade element.The player controls Tisha, a little girl riding a steampunk...

SteamBirds iPad Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

SteamBirds is a turn-based aircraft combat game set in an alternative XX century with a light steampunk flavour.The scene is...

Steambot Chronicles PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Steambot Chronicles is set in a "steampunk" styled world in which robots ("trotmobiles") replace automobiles as the primary mode of...

SteamGear Mash SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

SteamGear Mash is an isometric platformer. It has the (almost) classic case of "kidnap and rescue", except now you play...

Steam-Heart's SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998), TurboGrafx CD (1996) and PC-98 (1994)

Steam Heart's is a 2D sci-fi vertically scrolling shoot-em-up with erotic content. The game takes place in the far future,...

Browser (2011)

Steamlands is an action puzzle game, featuring detailed diminutive pixel art graphics. The player is tasked to combat rogue steam...

Steamroller ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (2000)

Repair the potholes in the road. If a beach ball gets in the way, pop it! But beware of beach...

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