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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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Super Turrican SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S....

NES (1993)

Like other entries in the series, Super Turrican for the NES is a side-scrolling platformer in which players explore large...

Super Turrican 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Wii (2008)

Super Turrican is back, and once again the USS Freedom Forces have to prevent the evil Machine from harming innocent...

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

SuperTux is classical sidescrolling platformer in 2D, starring Tux, the Linux mascot, as main character. Tux has to rescue the...

SNES (1992)

Once upon a time, there was a prince named Gallagher. He was entrusted with a magical ring that granted him...

SNES (1993)

Planet Earth is in danger from assorted villains who want to destroy the environment for their own nefarious purposes! Far...

Super Wing Commander 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Super Wing Commander is a remake of the first Wing Commander with new graphics and sound.As in the original game,...

DOS (2003) and Windows (2001)

Super Worms is a 3D game in the vein of Super Mario Kart. The game has two game modes. In...

Super Xalaxer Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Building on the formula of Xalaxer, Super Xalaxer expands it in several ways. The player controls two spaceships simultaneously, one...

NES (1986), Sharp X68000 (1987) and Arcade (1984)

Once again, inhabitants from the planet Xevious, controlled by the super-computer GAMP, are attacking the Earth, their ancient home planet,...

Super Zaxxon Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Super Zaxxon is a three-quarter perspective, space shooter style game. You must first go over a base on an asteroid....

PC-88 (1986)

Gamma5 is an overheard scrolling shoot-em-up. The inhabitants of the M3 star have constructed a huge super-weapon known as the...

ZX80 (1981) and ZX81 (1981)

Super ZX80 Invasion is a fixed screen shoot 'em up most similar to Space Invaders. The player controls a laser...

Windows (2005)

Supreme Earth Champion is just another space shoot'em up. The game is divided in non-stop 31 "waves" of progressive difficulty...

Supreme Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), SEGA CD (1994), SEGA 32X (1994), 3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1996)

Supreme Warrior is a full-motion video fighting game. The game, or interactive movie, is set in China hundreds of years...

Sure Shot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Sure Shot is a simple action game where two soldiers have to defend a group of islands from waves after...

Surface Tension DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

In the far future, a seemingly incurable virus known as PMA struck humanity with devastating results. Eventually a cure is...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Surfer's Paradise, the player's objective is to stay on top of a wave as long as possible. From time...

Surf 'm Up! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Distributed freely to students, Surf 'm Up is a little Kaboom!-inspired game by Dutch beer brewer Dommelsch.The premise is simple:...

Game Gear (1993)

Surf Ninjas was created as a tie-on for the 1993 New Line Cinema movie of the same name and is...

Surf Ninjas Amiga CD32 Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Surf Ninjas is based on the 1993 movie of the same title. You play as Johnny McQuinn, a teenage surfer,...

Surgeon Simulator 2013 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

A humorous, physics-based game in which the player, as novice surgeon Nigel Burke, is asked to perform very complex medical...

Surgical Strike SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995) and SEGA 32X (1995)

A Middle Eastern madman has begun launching rockets against innocent civilian population centers. The United Nations has deemed this behavior...

Surround Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1977)

Surround is an arcade action game for two players. Each player controls a constantly moving wall; your goal is to...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

The Survival Game 2 is the sequel to the Airsoft simulation The Survival Game, featuring numerous new gun types, seven...

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