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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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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...

Steam Slug Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Steam Slug is a third-person shooter with a steampunk story. Set at the end of the 19th century history has...

Steamworld Dig Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2013), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

The protagonist Rusty is a robot who inherits a mine from his uncle. Since he additionally also received a pick-axe,...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

The space ship Steel is so advanced that it is completely operated by robots. As usually in video games, these...

Steel Battalion Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Steel Battalion is a 'mech game in which the player takes control of mechanized tanks, known as "VT"s (or Vertical...

Steel Battalion: Line of Contact Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Steel Battalion: Line of Contact is the sequel to Capcom's 2002 giant mech game Steel Battalion. Where the original game...

Windows (2000)

A Tank simulation that takes place in the present age. You fight in Kuwait, Europe, and Korea and other locales....

Steel Diver Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Steel Diver is a launch title accompanying Nintendo's 3DS system to the market, and a fresh IP from Nintendo for...

Steel Dragon EX PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Steel Dragon EX consists of two shoot 'em up gamesShienryu (Steel Dragon) - A port of the arcade and Sega...

The Steel Empire Genesis Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Genesis (1992)

The skies are populated by zeppelins, large battleships and flying fortresses. In this age of steel, the Motorhead Empire has...

Arcade (1991)

A very important professor and his daughter have been kidnapped by terrorists and it is up to you and a...

Steel Harbinger PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

In the midst of a large-scale war, aliens invade. The attack begins with pods dropped on the Earth, designed to...

Steel Machine CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993)

Your mission is to destroy 6 enormous battle cruisers to save the planet. You have 15 days to destroy the...

Steel Reign PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

General Storm and his militia are out to take over the world, and it's up to you to stop them....

Steel Saviour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Steel Saviour is an old-school horizontal shooter. The story: Many years after "the war" humanity is close to become extinct...

Steel Soldiers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The action has moved on 500 years since the original game, Z, and an uneasy cease-fire exists between the two...

Steel Storm: Burning Retribution Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is a top-down 3D Shooter (a chasecam view is unlockable) in which you control a hovertank...

Steel Talons Lynx Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Lynx (1992), Atari ST (1995) and Arcade (1991)

Steel Talons brought realism-oriented helicopter combat to the arcades, and later to home systems. The action is viewed from behind...

Windows (2002)

In this game you are the admiral of a submarine during a fictionalized WWII, tracking and destroying "Souverian" (aka Nazi)...

Steel Walker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Steel Walker a civil war is going on. It was triggered because the president collaborated with terrorists so he...

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