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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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Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Starfire and Fire One was a double pack of conversions of Star Fire and Fire One!, two arcade games from...

Star Firebirds ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Star Firebirds are a dangerous alien race which must be wiped out before they can attack your people. This...

Star Force NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1993), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1984)

You are a spaceship pilot shooting enemy spacecraft and ground targets. Pick up the special letter symbols for bonuses and...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Star Force is very similar to the arcade game Star Fire. The player must shoot TIE Fighters from a first-person...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Earth in the year 5112 is no place to live anymore. After countless wars with each other, alien invasions and...

Star Fox SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This is the first SNES title using the Super FX chip; you are flying ace Fox McCloud, who with his...

Star Fox Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Star Fox is a horizontally scrolling action game. You control a starship on a foreign planet with the mission of...

Star Fox 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997) and Wii (2007)

Fox McCloud returns to once again rid evil from the Lylat System in this 64-bit remake of the SNES hit....

Star Fox 64 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Star Fox 64 3D is an update of Star Fox 64. This version includes a Score Attack mode in which...

Star Fox Adventures GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Fox McCloud returns and is given a different mission than he is normally used to. At the far edge of...

Star Fox Assault GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

The Lylat System has been at peace for several years after the mysterious disaster was averted on Dinosaur Planet. But,...

Star Fox Command Nintendo DS Front Cover Fixed left side.

Nintendo DS (2006)

Fox McCloud is back for more!General Pepper has fallen ill, and requests that (the now elderly) Peppy Hare take his...

SNES (1993)

Star Fox Competition Weekend Edition is a rare version of Star Fox (StarWing in Europe) that was sold as a...

Stargate PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 2600 (1984), Apple II (1983), Palm OS (2002) and Arcade (1981)

Save the humanoids from the impending aliens in the sequel to Defender. The task is still rescuing humanoids before Landers...

Stargate SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1995)

Based on the movie of the same name, a mystical circular portal called a "Stargate" has been uncovered. In attempting...

Stargate: Resistance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Stargate: Resistance is an online, 3rd person shooter based on the science fiction television series Stargate: SG-1. As the war...

Star Gladiator: Episode 1 - Final Crusade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and Arcade (1996)

Set in the 24th Century, this 3D fighter pits humans against humanoids. Combo systems and counter attacks are all there,...

Starglider DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The Planet Novenia has been attacked by the Egrons, who snuck in by disguising their craft as the protected Starglider...

Starglider 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Macintosh (1989) and PC-98 (1991)

More space combat and strategy in this sequel, which challenges you to collect the elements to form a bomb to...

Stargoose Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Star Goose a top-down space shooter in which you move through a semi-3D environment shooting rounds and missiles at your...

Star Guard Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Star Guard is a 2D platformer brought back to the basic elements of the genre: jumping and shooting, with a...

Stargunner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1996), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Another side scrolling aircraft fighting game. You fight through a colorful landscape to do what is always done in these...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Players take the role of a stargunner for the Yarthae Empire. The Empire is being invaded by the Sphyzygi. The...

DOS (1994)

You could think of Star Hammer as Wing Commander in 2D. You are the pilot of a combat space ship...

Windows (1999)

The year is 2499, and a mixed bag of space-travelling species struggle for ascendancy amongst the stars. Battle is waged...

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