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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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Atari 2600 (1983)

History was never quite like this. In a "creative interpretation" of the Battle of Little Big Horn, a rowdy and...

Sweet Tooth To Go Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Sweet Tooth To Go is Pogo.com's own variant of Bejeweled, developed by the original creators of the game. The gameplay...

Sweevo's World Amstrad CPC Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Self-Willed Extreme Environment Volitional Organism, or Sweevo for short, is a goofy-looking and generally incompetent robot. His world is...

Spectravideo (1986)

In this avoid-em-up made in BASIC, you control a little ball that must navigate five labyrinths filled with moving traps...

Windows (2006)

Świat Kangurka Kao (The World of Kao the Kangaroo) is a compilation of three games: Kao the Kangaroo Kao the...

Świat Olkiego Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Świat Olkiego is a platform game. The hero of the game is in an unknown way transported to another world...

Amiga (1993)

Swibble Dibble follows a standard platform puzzle format, putting you in control of an aged wizard. He must guide a...

MSX (1985)

In Swing you control a man that has to wash the windows of several skyscrapers. Dirty windows have a grey...

Swing Plus: Total Mindcontrol Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Swing is a Tetris inspired puzzle game: At the top of the screen you see two lines of eight balls...

Switchball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Switchball is a 3D strategy game where the player controls a marble through hazardous courses with different kinds of puzzles,...

Switchblade Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BlackBerry (2013)

The Fireblade, sacred symbol of the ancient Switchblade clan, has been smashed into 16 pieces by the evil Havoc -...

Switchblade II Atari ST Front Cover

Lynx (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

As Hiro, you must once again defeat the ninja lord Havok. Using ninja throwing stars and other weapons, you must...

Switchfire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Switchfire is a classic side-scrolling shooter. Main features of Switchfire include three different vehicles (Jeep, Helicopter and a Ship) and...

S.W.I.V. Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1992)

S.W.I.V. is a vertical scrolling shooter and an unofficial follow-up to Sales Curve's conversion of the side scroller Tecmo arcade...

SWIV 3D DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

SWIV 3D is a 3D remake of the original SWIV. It features a voxel-based 3D engine and mission-based play, as...

Amiga (1987)

Swooper is a space shooter. The player has to transport a vaccine from Earth to a space station in which...

Atari 2600 (2005)

The Swoops! cartridge contains three games:Splatform Simply bounce to the right from platform to platform as fast as you can....

Swoop to Nuts Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

The protagonist of Swoop to Nuts is a flying squirrel that has to collect nuts for the winter.The game is...

PC-98 (1992)

It is said that the country of Suzaku is protected by the spirit of the legendary White Dragon, a mythical...

PC-98 (1994)

Goddess of the Evil Blade is a direct sequel to the first Sword Dancer. The story continues to chronicle the...

Atari 2600 (2000)

En garde! Attack, feint, block, strike!This is a one-on-one sword fight for two players only. Press the button to skip...

NES (1990)

Sword Master establishes the tale of an evil wizard in league with a monstrous demon who have dared to kidnap...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Kalok and you fought so hard and so brave but in the end the evil warlock, Xorphas finally...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Originally released as OZ (Over Zenith) in Japan, The Sword of Etheria is a single-player, 3rd person, role playing game...

Sword of Honour Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In the game you are a noble ninja, who has to prove the honour of shogun Yuichiro by recovering a...

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