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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The Bogus Guru Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2000)

The Bogus Guru is a collection of four mini-games designed by the Foltz brothers. The games are laid out across...

Commodore 64 (1984)

You are being haunted by Bogymen and the only way to keep them at bay is to keep the lights...

BOH Amiga Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009), Amiga (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

BOH is a top-down shooter with retro graphics and sound, somewhat comparable to Alien Breed.As a member of the Resistance...

Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Saul Myers is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion living abroad in Paris. His daughter Lisa is a journalist...

Commodore 64 (1989)

You are Boris the Big Ball of Bollardia and you are attempting to escape from the Planet Phweeesh by bouncing...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Len the Programmer and in this flick-screen platformer you must collect all the royalties owed to you by...

Atari 2600 (1983)

This is a game rather reminiscent of Q*bert.In this game, you are a bubble named, with great originality, Bubble. The...

SAM Coupé (1992)

Boing! is a platformer similar to the Dizzy series. The player takes control of Boing, a green blob whose time...

Boing! Docomodake Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Boing! Docomodake is platformer starring Docomodake, the mascot of the Japanese mobile phone provider NTT DoCoMo. The background story is...

Boing II Atari 8-bit Front Cover Sleeve Front + Media

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Boing II is a side scrolling shooter. The story begins when Bert is sent by a queen into exile for...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Bojo the Clown is performing at a circus, and must impress the audience by bouncing on a series of trampolines...

Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Django has been stripped of his valuable weapon of choice and now must rid the world of evil with more...

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Following in his father's footsteps, you play Django the vampire hunter, who uses the power of the sun to defeat...

Bōkyaku no Senritsu Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Bōkyaku no Senritsu is an action-adventure game based on the anime with the same name. While the game was not...

Bolo Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1987)

Bolo is a "Breakout" clone with a twist. You have to destroy all the bricks on the screen using your...

Bolo Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

The objective of Bolo is to maneuver your tank through the maze, seek with your radar and destroy 6 enemy...

Linux (2000), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1989)

An early networking experiment between BBC microcomputers, Bolo is a top-down tank deathmatch game with a highly simplified physics model,...

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

This is a remake of the game Bolo for Atari ST. It is a Breakout variant with a twist: Your...

DOS (1993)

Bolo is a PC remake of the Apple II game of the same name: the player drives a tank, which...

Amiga (1998)

Bolo Mrówkojad is a side-scrolling platform game. The task of the player is to lead an anteater to the end...

Atari ST (1988)

Bolo Werkstatt is a level editor for the Bolo game ("Werkstatt" is the German word for workshop).You can create new...

Bolt Wii Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Bolt is based on the animated movie of the same name. It stars the dog Bolt, who plays a dog...

Nintendo DS (2008)

The DS version of Bolt is different from the main console and PC version. It is also a 3D action...

Bomba Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The player guides Bomba, the character, to a series of checkpoints marked by stars. Control of Bomba is done via...

MSX (2004)

Bombaman is an ambitious Bomberman clone for the MSX computer with both a story mode and a tournament multiplayer mode.In...

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