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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Beauty and the Beast Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Horrible Hank has kidnapped your girlfriend! He's got her at the top of a tall building, and it is your...

Beavers Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Beavers Supergroup and their megastar leader Jethro have reached number one in the Charts and are a big hit...

SNES (1994)

This side-scrolling beat em' up game is based on a 1992 Paramount Pictures animated movie which was the first ever...

Windows (2002)

Becher Flask is a Boulder Dash clone but instead of diamonds the player must collect bottles of Becherovka. In each...

Vectrex (1983)

Bedlam is a multi-directional shooter. The player controls a cannon in the center of the screen that can rotate 360°....

Bedlam DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Bedlam is a vertically scrolling space shoot’em-up.Space fighter shoots patterns of swirling aliens and stationary cannons, collects extras and fights...

Bedlam ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Bedlam is a top down maze shoot 'em up. It is set on the planet Bovryll, where you are trapped...

Bedlam DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), PlayStation (1997) and Macintosh (1996)

A fast paced action game where you run around a machine-gun wielding robot destroying everything in your path. There is...

DOS (1997)

It is half a year after the happenings in Bedlam where Major Kern defeated evil biomechs. Now they are back...

Bee 52 NES Front Cover

NES (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

You are bee number 52, and you need to collect enough honey every day to fill your quota. But the...

Atari 2600 (2007)

It is well known that bees are industrious and dedicated workers but all work and no play...Bee-Ball is something like...

Atari 5200 (2004), Atari 7800 (2007) and Atari 8-bit (2005)

This game is an attempt to bring a better version of the coin-op game BurgerTime to the Atari 8-bit computer...

Bee Movie Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Bee Movie Game is based on the animated movie with the same name. Play as Barry B. Benson and prove...

Beer Belly Burt's Brew Biz Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

Zombies have taken over Burt's Beer Factory, and it is up to Burt himself to wipe them out. The factory...

DOS (1993) and SNES (1993)

Beethoven's 2nd is a platform game where you get a chance to wear the metaphorical shoes of Beethoven - that...

Beetle Adventure Racing! Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Take control of a collection of the latest Volkswagen "Beetle 2.0" models (from street type to off-road designs) and race...

Beetle Crazy Cup Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

An officially licensed VW Beetle racing game is here! Participate in five distinct events: speed, jump, buggy, monster, and cross....

Beetle Ju. 2 Windows Front Cover screenseven.fr release

Windows (2009)

Half ant, half beetle, Beetle has three goals: collect money, kill monsters and save the other beetles from them. Each...

NES (1991)

Based on the 1988 Michael Keaton movie, Beetlejuice follows the rough storyline of the movie. A ghoul named Beetlejuice is...

Beetlejuice Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Beetlejuice's pal Lydia's been kidnapped! From the kitchen, to the attic, to the Neitherworld itself, help the Ghost With the...

Amiga (1995)

Behind the Iron Gate is a 1st-person perspective DOOM-style game, set in a prison. The game requires the player to...

Bejeweled 2 Deluxe Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004), PSP (2010), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2004), Xbox 360 (2005), Macintosh (2004), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2010), Browser (2004), iPhone (2008), Android (2011) and MeeGo (2011)

Bejeweled 2 Deluxe is the enhanced, standalone version of the free online puzzle game of similar name. It builds on...

Bejeweled 3 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Nintendo DS (2011), J2ME (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2010), PlayStation 3 (2011), Browser (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2014) and iPad (2012)

Bejeweled 3 returns to the traditional match three formula after the slightly different spin off Bejeweled Twist. As in previous...

Bejeweled Blitz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Browser (2009), iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and iPad (2011)

Bejeweled Blitz is a free to play Bejeweled game that can be played on the PopCap website or on Facebook.The...

Bejeweled Blitz Live Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Bejeweled Blitz Live is a reworked version of Bejeweled Blitz. Just like all other games in the Bejeweled series the...

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