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 64 (1987)

In this adaptation of the movie of the same name, you take the role of robot Number 5. Having recently...

Short Circuit ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A freak bolt of lightning has made Robot 5 gain human feelings, and his makers at Nova Robotics are keen...

NES (1989)

This cartridge used the power pad and contained two games: "Short Order", is a Simon-like game in which you are...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

.shot is a 2D arcade shoot 'em up. The player controls a space ship that can only be moved left...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Shotgate was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 4k size category. It is...

Commodore 64 (2008)

This is a limited edition of twenty cartridges of the games Shotgate and Konfl1kt, originally developed for an annual mini-game...

Commodore 64 (2008)

The Unlimited Edition of Shotgate / Konfl1kt contains both games on a single disk. Unlike the limited edition there is...

Windows (2008)

An accountant is aiming to nab your money and besmirch your pride, unfortunately for him you're a ninja. With your...

Shovel Knight Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2015), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2015), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

In ancient medieval times, the land belonged to lords and heroes. In that day there was many a mighty warrior,...

Shove Pro iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Shove Pro is a comedy action game that puts the player in the role of Lars Speedwagon, a movie stuntman...

The Showdown Effect Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The Showdown Effect is a side scrolling multiplayer action game inspired by action movies of the 1980s. The game features...

Showdown in 2100 A.D. Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1979)

In an authentic acre of the old west, two gunslingers (human or android) duel for their lives. Each one has...

DOS (1994)

The ShowText system is a programming language, designed for developing interactive DOS applications with a customized TUI (text-based user interface)...

Showtime Championship Boxing Wii Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2007)

Named after the television boxing program airing on the US Showtime cable network, this game offers a mix of fourteen...

Shrak for Quake DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

A "Quake total conversion", this game pretty much only has the double-barreled shotgun and the engine to relate it to...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Shredz64 is a game modelled against the mechanics of Guitar Hero to play music on a guitar controller. Players need...

Shrek Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001) and GameCube (2002)

Based on and around the 3D animated movie of the same name, the game allows the player to control Shrek,...

Shrek 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Shrek and friends join in an adventure that follows the movie plot of Shrek 2. Play as a team of...

Shrek 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The PC game based on the movie Shrek 2 is a 3D platform game with some fighting sequences.The plot follows...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Control Puss in Boots and his friends, Shrek and Donkey, as you experience the Shrek 2 movie from an all...

Shrek 2: Team Action Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The PC version of Shrek 2 was quite different than the console version, with simplified gameplay so that it would...

Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

In this Street Fighter 2-style 2D one-on-one beat 'em up, you can choose to play as characters from the movie...

Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter is based on the film of the same name, taking place after Shrek the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

'Shrek: Hassle at the Castle' is a game based on the Oscar award winning movie Shrek. In the game you...

Shrek-N-Roll Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Shrek-N-Roll is a small game based off the characters of the animated Shrek films, with Shrek as the giant green...

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