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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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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...

Atari 2600 (1980) and Arcade (1975)

This is a hurdles horse race.The horse's names, from bottom to top, are: Lucky Devil, Absent Mind, Just Missed and...

Steg the Slug Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Steg the slug has to feed his family of "T'yungunz". To do this he must blow bubbles to catch the...

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

You are Steigar and you used to make your living as a mercenary being paid to complete missions big or...

Windows (2004)

Steinzeit Ur-lympiade is a sports game with parodies of sports. It features six mini games:Bärenfell-Clipping (bearskin clipping): Cascade a chasm...

Stellar 7 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1993)

In Stellar 7, you drive the Raven, the most advanced Terran fighting vehicle. You are up against Gir Draxon and...

Stellar 7 Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1983)

Gir Draxon, Supreme Overlord of the Arcturan Empire has declared war on the Terran Federation. The leaders of Earth respond...

Stellar 7: Draxon's Revenge 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1993)

A sequel/remake to Stellar 7, the classic sci-fi first person tank simulator.Earth faces an alien invasion in the form of...

TRS-80 (1981)

In Stellar Escort you are flying an escort fighter trying to clear the approaching aliens from your sector of deep...

Stellar-Fire SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The dreaded Draxon race has been at it again, pushing the human race around, working to either enslave all 10...

Stellar Shuttle Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Stellar Shuttle is a Lunar Rescue variant. The planet Ttam has drifted into a dangerous asteroid belt, requiring that all...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Stellar Wars & Blitz is a double games pack that contains two unreleased games:Stellar Wars: A 1st person shooter where...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

This is a small adventure game, made by cactus, for the No More Sweden indie party/competition.The game's author was given...

Stephen King's F13: Ctrl, Alt, ...Shiver Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Stephen King's F13 decks out your computer with a horror aesthetic, offering "deathtop" images, "screamsavers," and a trio of minigames....

Macintosh (1996)

Step On It! is a Macintosh-exclusive puzzle platformer, ever-so-slightly similar to the famous Lode Runner series. There are many differences,...

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