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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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Buffalo Bill presents a collection of six Wild West themed mini-games, which hang together around humour-lead presentation and backdrops.You can...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Buffalo Round Up is a single screen game shown from above at an elevated angle where you play a cowboy...

Buffers Evolution WonderSwan Front Cover

WonderSwan (1999)

In a post-apocalyptic future a gambling syndicate seeks to make a quick buck in the gritty remains of earth. By...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Step into the shoes of Buffy Summers, popular high school student by day, destroyer of the undead by night. In...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Fight against the vampires to save mankind, or at least around Sunnydale, USA.Punch and kick your way through 8 side-scrolling...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

Buffy and the crew are back for another battle against evil. On this occasion (set as a 'missing episode' from...

Nintendo DS (2009)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sacrifice is a survival horror game that takes placed after season 7 of the television series....

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Years ago, the Darkhul King was banished to a hidden dimension. But somehow he has found his way back to...

Windows (2000)

BufoStorch is a shooting game very similar to Moorhuhn. The player takes on the role of a hunter, shooting down...

Bug! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Bug's creepy-crawly insect friends need rescuing from the evil widow Queen Cadavra's clutches. Fight your way through six worlds to...

Bugaboo (The Flea) ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

A Flea arrives on board of a space probe to the Cebolla-7 planet, which is an intricate labyrinth of caverns....

Bugatron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2003)

Retro-style but state-of-the-art shooter that have you in a little ship shooting all sorts of bugs dropping from the sky...

Bug Attack Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1982), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Bug Attack is a colorful shoot-em-up where you are assaulted by dagger-throwing millipedes, ants, and med flies. The game looks...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Bug Bash is a horizontally scrolling platform game where you are a ladybug. The location is your home, a garden...

Commodore 64 (1983), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1983)

Inspired by the arcade game Centipede, Bug Blaster is a single screen shooter where you must destroy a Centipede that...

Bug Bomber Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

A computer’s mazelike circuitry is infected with bugs, and you have been sent in to destroy them. You are armed...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Bug Diver is a single screen game viewed from the side where you are a bug who has to keep...

Bugdom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (1999)

Bugdom is a third-person action adventure game, originally a Mac title and later ported over to Windows.The game is set...

Bugdom 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Macintosh (2002) and iPhone (2008)

In this sequel to the popular 3D platformer, this time you play as the grasshopper Skip who has his backpack...

DOS (1983)

Thought frogs had it easy? Bugfeast is here to shatter your idyllic concept of the little green hoppers' daily lives,...

Windows (2001)

In Buggers the player takes control over a space ship who has to destroy aliens which want to conquer earth....

Buggy Ranger DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Year 2019, in a post-apocalyptic world, we must fight versus the evil machines that destroy our planet... This is the...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Fixing bugs in a new computer circuit board late at night is hard, but it gets even worse when suddenly,...

Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Bug Hunter / Moon Dash is a collection of two games on one disk, both previously unreleased.In Bug Hunter the...

BugRiders: The Race of Kings Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and PS Vita (2012)

Bug Riders tries to put a new twist on the racing genre. You choose a character and his or her...

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