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

Beam is an action game in which the player has to link together energy stations. To do so he moves...

Amiga (1997)

Beambender is a light puzzle game similar to Deflektor. The player's task is to use mirrors and other components to...

Beam Breakers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A sci-fi street racing game set in the crowded city of Neo York. The year is 2173 and underground racers...

Beamrider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

Beamrider is a 3D arcade action game. You control a beam riding spaceship on a mission to clear 99 sectors...

Beanotown Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Beanotown Racing allows players to race with characters from the popular Beano and Dandy comics in the U.K. The respective...

TRS-80 CoCo (1986) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Roy Coates, who converted the classic platformers Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy to the Dragon, went on to form...

Atari 2600 (1982)

In this game, you are Bopper.The object is to stun then capture Beannies. You can also capture Bouncing Orange Eyeballs...

Bear Bovver ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Bear Bovver stars Ted the Bear, proud owner of a new Sinclair electric truck, but not of a set of...

Beards & Beaks Windows Phone Front Cover

Windows Phone (2011)

Beards & Beaks is Microsoft's first in-house produced game for the Windows Phone 7. The game operates largely on a...

Windows (2007)

Bear Go Home is a short, side-scrolling action game, in which the player influences the movements of a cartoony bear...

DOS (1984)

The hows and whys are apparently unimportant. What matters is this: you, represented by a double-pointing pair of ASCII glyphs,...

Beast Boxing Turbo Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), Ouya (2013) and GameStick (2013)

You're Char, a lowly human with a patchy monster costume and a dream of fighting in the Beast Boxing Leagues...

Beast Busters Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Arcade (1989)

The city is crawling with zombies, and it up to you to find out what happened and put a stop...

Arcade (1998)

Beast Busters Second Nightmare is an on-rails lightgun shooter for one or two players. It is the sequel to Beast...

Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Beastlord is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. The Lord of Darkness managed to trick the three guardians of the...

Xbox (2003)

The Beast Entertainment Pack bundles together 2 Xbox titles: Midtown Madness 3 and Brute Force along with an introductory 2-month...

Beast Wars: Transformers Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

Based on the TV show, Beast Wars: Transformers puts you in control of one of several transformers, allied with either...

Genesis (1991)

A one on one fighting game seen from an isometric perspective. All beasts or dragons have two basic attacks: a...

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2014), iPad (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians is set in Symphoria, a world powered by music and the dreams of three sleeping...

Windows (1999)

Take control of your own neighborhood in this RTS game set in the hood. Your linear path sends you down...

Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

You start out in an abandoned warehouse in the grimy city of Las Sombras ready to make a drug deal...

Atari 2600 (1982)

This is a double-ended cartridge that contains a re-release of Mystique's Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em on one side and...

Beat Hazard Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2011)

Beat Hazard is a single screen arena shooter where the behaviour of enemies, gameplay and visual effects are dynamically adapted...

Beat Hazard Ultra PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Beat Hazard Ultra is a release of the game that was previously available for the Xbox 360 as an indie...

Beat Hazard: Ultra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Beat Hazard: Ultra is an add-on for Beat Hazard and requires the original game to play. It extends the game...

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