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 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The seas of the world are now full of man eating sharks and it's up to you to dive in...

J2ME (2002)

In Shark Attack the player takes control of a diver who has to search for treasure in shark infested waters....

Windows (1999)

Shark Attack is a freeware game in which you play a shark. There are two game sections in the game:...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Operation Wolf and The Untouchables combine for this action game set in 1920s Chicago. You play Lieutenant Sharkey, who has...

Shark Hunter MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984) and Odyssey 2 (2006)

In Shark Hunter the player controls an Eskimo protecting fish stocks from the attack of sharks.The Eskimo starts standing on...

Windows (2001)

Go shark hunting without the possibility of losing limbs! Grab your tank and weapons virtually and dive into the ocean...

Arcade (1975)

In Shark JAWS, the player controls a man swimming. The goal is to catch as many small fish within the...

Shark! Shark! Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

In Shark! Shark! you control a fish! Your goal is to earn as many points as possible while staying alive....

Shark Trap VIC-20 Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1982), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

Shark Attack is a single player arcade style game pitting the player, in the form of a scuba diver, against...

Arcade (1998)

Sharpshooter is a target gun game for up to two players. Some scenarios include memorizing the location of colored cards...

Sharp Shot Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Sharp Shot is collection of 4 single-button action games: Touchdown Passing, Space Gunner, Submarine, and Maze Shoot. The goal of...

Shatter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Shatter is a modern take on the video game classic Breakout. Like in the original game, the player has to...

Windows (2001)

Shattered Galaxy is a massive-multiplayer game that mixes several genres, including role-playing, turn-based strategy, real-time strategy, and tactical combat, in...

Shattered Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Shattered Horizon is a 3D first-person shooter that puts the player in a space environment near Earth (circa 2050 AD)...

Shattered Horizon: Premium Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This is the retail release of Shattered Horizon. Besides the main game, it also includes: The first Shattered-Horizon-DLC Moonrise which...

Shattered Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Shattered Steel is a first-person 3D action game similar in concept to MechWarrior series. The player takes control of bipedal...

Shatterhand NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Shatterhand is an action game with eight-direction scrolling. You control Shatterhand in his quest to find and defeat General Grover,...

Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

This handheld version is different from it's Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder, but still features the same set up. The player...

DOS (2013)

Shaw's Nightmare is a freeware indie first-person shooter inspired by the classic titles of the genre, most notably DOOM. The...

DOS (1992)

She Bo is a Chinese-made clone of Pang/Buster Bros.. As in the original game, the goal in each level is...

Sheep in Dream iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2015), Android (2015) and iPad (2015)

Sheep in Dream is a game about getting a boy to sleep by making sheep jump over a log. The...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Zzyaxians are on a quest to rule every part of the Universe and have set their sights on the...

Sheeplings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

In Sheeplings you take control of the sheepdog Windsor, and using his bark you direct three different types of sheep...

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

Sheepoid DX plus Woolly Jumper is a collection of the following games: Sheepoid DX is a re-release of Sheepoid (a...

Shellshock DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Da Wardenz, an anti-terrorist tank force, is called in whenever there is trouble somewhere in the world. You are a...

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