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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Silicon Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Make a time journey into the year 2084. The SYBORGS, a superhuman race of Technocrates, developed a computer of the...

Silkworm Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), NES (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1988)

Silkworm is a classic horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up. The main difference between this game and many other side-scrolling shoot-em-ups is that you...

Silpheed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Apple IIgs (1988), TRS-80 CoCo (1988), PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1988)

In Silpheed, the player pilots a spaceship through levels of increasing difficulty, in a pseudo-3D vertically scrolling field, shooting everything...

Silpheed SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Silpheed for the Sega CD is a shoot-'em-up sequel to the PC title of the same name. Gameplay is similar:...

Android (2011)

Silpheed Alternative AM is a third-person space combat game, exclusively for Android devices and part of Game Art's long running...

Silpheed: The Lost Planet PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Silpheed continues the arcade shooter tradition, mixing old-school action with new age 3D graphics and cinematics. The aim of the...

Sil: The Silhouette Game iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2006), Symbian (2006), iPhone (2008) and Maemo (2010)

Sil is a puzzle game based around shape recognition and rotation. The game's basic premise is simple - the player...

Silverball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Silverball is basically a commercially published version of the game Epic Pinball. The game engine is nearly the same, only...

NES (1994)

Silver Eagle is a 2D overhead action game reminiscent of Metal Gear with less stealth and more action, in which...

Silverfall Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The city of Silverfall is the capital city of the kingdom Egreïd in the land of Nelwïë and a proud...

Silverfall PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

The PSP release of Silverfall is a port of the initial PC release from 2007, with various adaptations to make...

Silverfall: Complete Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This compilation contains both Silverfall and its add-on Silverfall: Earth Awakening.

Silverfall: Earth Awakening Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Silverfall: Earth Awakening is an stand alone add-on to Silverfall. Several years have passed since the end of Silverfall. After...

Silverfall (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This gold edition includes the game Silverfall as well as the add-on Earth Awakening

Silver Surfer NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The Silver Surfer roams throughout space as herald to Galactus, looking for new planets for him to feed on. However...

Lynx (1998)

S.I.M.I.S. stands for the names of the games and items on the card. They are SnakeByte, Invaders, Mines, Isolation, and...

Simon the Sorcerer's Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Simon the Sorcerer's Pinball is a pinball game based on the characters of the adventure series. The idea behind the...

Simon the Sorcerer's Puzzle Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Simon the Sorcerer's Puzzle Pack is a collection of small puzzle games that go around the Simon the Sorcerer's theme....

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The Oneechanbara 2 is a full sequel to the first Oneechanbara game and is the third one in the series....

The Simpsons Arcade iPhone Front Cover

J2ME (2009), iPhone (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

The high-class of Springfield have congregated for their scheduled meeting. After discussing their plans, Smithers takes the USB stick containing...

The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man NES Front Cover

NES (1992) and Game Gear (1993)

Bart Simpson is reading the latest comic about the Radioactive Man but his favourite superhero is not featured in it....

The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Bart Simpson has been sent to his room and it’s up to you to help him escape and collect the...

The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Bart Simpson has to stay up late and write a paper for class tomorrow. For once, he is determined to...

Game Boy (1994)

The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk is a retelling of the English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk with Simpsons...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Bart versus The Juggernauts is both a Simpsons game and a parody of the "American Gladiators" style TV shows that...

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