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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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Action Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1986)

This is a top down vertically scrolling shooter, in which you start off as a motorbike. You are quite vulnerable...

Action Fist Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Action Fist is a side-scrolling, 2D platform game with a graphical style reminiscent of titles from the late eighties, early...

Action Force Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

The task in Action Force II: International Heroes is to rescue each of the citizens who have been taken hostage...

Action Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 11 action games, all shareware versions. Most of them are known from Apogee and Epic MegaGames: 01.:...

Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog Zeebo Front Cover

BREW (2006) and Zeebo (2009)

Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog is a beat'em up, a sequel to Super Action Hero. The player controls Wolf, the...

Windows (2002)

Action Man once again tries to foil Dr. X from conquering the world in this game based on the animated...

Windows (2000)

In this kids game based on the 3D animated television series, you play as the heroic Action Man out to...

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2000)

Action Man, hero of the TV animated series, is out to stop Dr. X's latest plan for world conquest. He'll...

Action Man: Raid on Island X Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Action Man was originally a popular toy action figure, the U.K.'s version of G.I. Joe, before becoming a more generic...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Action Man: Robot Atak is based on the direct-to-DVD animated film of the same name, in turn based on the...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Alex "Action Man" Mann makes a stop over onto the Game Boy Color where once again he must stop the...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Action Pack is a compilation containing the following four games for the High Street retailer WH Smith: Rocket Roger Waterski...

Windows (2001)

The Action Pack from GOD contains the Ego-Shooter KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child and the 3rd person Action...

Action Pack - 4 Killer Action Games! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Collection of four actions games: Aliens Versus Predator: Gold Edition Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza Gunman Chronicles The Operative: No One...

Action Pack: Earthsiege 2 + Silent Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

As the title already indicates this compilation includes the following two Sierra games: Earthsiege 2 Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer...

ActionPotato Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

ActionPotato is an action game where the player controls three pots, and must tap them to make them jump and...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Action Quest is an action adventure game akin to Venture. The player controls a ghost whose objective is to traverse...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Action Reflex involves steering a bouncy ball through 75 screens of hazards. These include lakes, drains, daggers, and a network...

Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Microïds' Action Sports compilation contains the following 4 games: Advantage Tennis Grand Prix 500 2 Killerball Super Ski II

Wii (2010)

Active Life Explorer is a party game geared towards elementary schoolchildren, featuring a total of 24 mini games. The game...

J2ME (2004)

ActRaiser is resurrected on the mobile platform. This version only focuses on the action elements of the original game. You...

ActRaiser SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1997)

ActRaiser was one of the early SNES games, drawing upon the success of side-scrolling platform action titles and the building...

ActRaiser 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Players control "The Master," a god-like spirit sent down from the heavens, and fight to eradicate evil from the land....

A Cupid's Day Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

In A Cupid's Day, the player controls the movements of a cupid, those chubby angelic infants armed with bows and...

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