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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ZX81 (1982)

Bigflap Attack is viewed from the side and has you controlling a man below a large bird. The bird moves...

Bigfoot Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Footsy the Bigfoot has vowed to rescue his girlfriend, who has been locked inside a cage by a sadistic madman....

Biggles Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

WE Johns’ tales of a brave World War 1 pilot were updated for a 1980s feature film, with a plot...

DOS (2000)

Big Guns is a battleship duel game where two Iowa-class battleships fights.One player controls USS New Jersey and the other...

Arcade (1991)

Big Karnak is a side-scrolling action game set in ancient Egypt. The pharaoh's wife was taken by flying creature and...

DOS (1993)

Big Math Attack! is a shareware, single player, DOS, Missile Command style of game that teaches maths, spelling and touch...

Big Money! Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

In this puzzle game, you need to collect money bags. In the Action and Strategy mode, you need to remove...

Big Mutha Truckers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2003)

Ma Jackson, owner of Big Mutha Truckers, tells her four sons she is retiring. The new owner of Ma's company...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Big Names Bonanza is a compilation containing the following four games: Stellar 7 Fight Night Forbidden Forest Talladega

Big Nose Freaks Out NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

On a Tuesday afternoon sometime in 17 million BC, Big Nose the caveman was on his way to the Savings...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

You are Big Nose the Caveman and for reasons unknown you have been transported through time and landed in modern...

Amiga (1992), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1993)

Long, long time ago (but not necessarily in a galaxy far, far away), there was a caveman named Big Nose....

SNES (1995)

On day an alien race of slugs is out patrolling space, when they encounter the Lucasarts logo. The logo, as...

The Bigs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

The BIGS is an arcade-style baseball game that is less focused on the intricate details of the game and more...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are Barney the clown and your aim is to entertain the crowd in the circus with four acts with...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this tie-in to the 1986 John Carpenter movie starring Kurt Russell, you must thwart the evil plans of Mandarin...

Windows (2002)

BII-NARY: The War Against Pop-Ups, the sequel to BII-NARY, is a 2D platform game with a visual design similar to...

Windows (2000)

BikeFlyter is an advertising action game, created for the Aral AG company. The player controls a big, fat fly which...

DOS (1986), Amiga (1986), Commodore 64 (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Daredevil Biker Dave is out to wow the crowd - he's brought his two-wheeled speed demon for a streak of...

Biker Mice from Mars Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Help the Biker Mice From Mars, Vinnie, Modo, and Throttle, in their quest to save planet Mars from destruction with...

Bikini Beach: Stunt Racer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

Bikini Beach: Stunt Racer pits the player against the clock in a desperate, mad dash effort to please the hot...

Windows (2002)

Bikini Karate Babes combines the basics of a fighting game with realistic real-life video. Players can choose from various (all-female)...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure is based on the movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The game follows...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Bill and Ted are two surfer-speaking 1980s high school dudes from San Dimas, California. After the events of the film...

Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this sequel to Billy la Banlieue the player takes on the role of RockaBilly, who wears black jacket, black...

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