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)

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Atari ST (1991)

Bert the Squirt is a platform game written in STOS. The aim of the game is to collect all the...

Bertyx Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Bertyx is an arcade game. In 3090, remains of a lost civilization under the ice surface of the planet Bertyx...

Berzerk Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1983), Vectrex (1982) and Arcade (1980)

You have been sent into a building infested with robots, and must do your best to clear it out. Each...

Atari 2600 (2002)

This release of Berzerk is an alteration of the official Atari 2600 version. Some minor tweaks were done like altering...

Windows (2002)

Best Friends is a 3D platform game where you help two friends, Petey and Patty, reunite with each other. Every...

ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Sagar, the biggest fortress ever known to man, had become a challenge for most of the mercenaries. Many had already...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

This is a compilation of four games by Beyond. Both ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 share two games and having...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Best of Elite: Vol. 1 is a compilation containing the following four games from Elite Systems Ltd: Bomb Jack Frank...

Best of Moorhuhn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Best of Moorhuhn contains the following three Moorhuhn games on one CD-ROM: Die Original Moorhuhn Jagd Moorhuhn: Winter-Edition Moorhuhn 2:...

Apple II (1980)

A diskette compilation of earlier MUSE Software releases, previously only avilable on tape, including four game titles (and one non-game...

Best of the Best Championship Karate DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1992), NES (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Best of the Best Championship Karate is a realistic fighting game. After you choose your fighter for his parameters (strength,...

Best of Voodoo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Best of Voodoo contains three games which are specially optimized for 3Dfx' Voodoo GPU series.The following games are included: Moto...

Bet on Soldier: Black-out Saigon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

While the first add-on Blood of Sahara played after Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport, Black-out Saigon takes place ten years...

Bet on Soldier: Blood of Sahara Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is the first add-on for Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport. After five years of fighting, Max Balding finally defeats...

Bet on Soldier: Blood Sport Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

For 80 years, the world is in a total war. Fighting is not only a matter of being alive, it's...

Betrayer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Betrayer is a first-person action game with horror elements set during the colonization of the New World in the early...

Better Dead Than Alien! Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Brad Zoom takes on the Brain Eaters from the Purple Planet, in this homage to vintage action games, primarily Galaxians....

Windows (2002)

Betty Bad is a simple arcade style 3rd person shooter set in a sci-fi future where your playable heroine is...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Starring the animated cartoon character Betty Boop originally introduced in animated films starting from 1930, in this game she is...

Betty's Beer Bar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Betty has grown up on a farm, and now she works in a local bar. But she dreams to have...

Windows (2006)

Vince is having a bad day. He and his fiancee Anna were sent to Limbo after being hit by a...

Windows (2002)

Between the Lines is an unofficial add-on for Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. It features three consecutive campaigns with overall...

Beverly Hills Cop Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BBC Micro (1990)

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used...

Beyblade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Based on the Japanese anime TV-show and line of toys, "Beyblade" lets the user battle customized spinning tops against other...

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