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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Bust A Groove PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Match the moves shown on-screen in this Simon-like game to dance. Keep up with the continuing commands and your persona...

Bust a Groove 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This sequel to Bust-a-Groove adds new characters and music to the dancing game. Other changes were made in the interface...

Bust-a-Move DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Bust-a-Move lands on the Nintendo DS in this handheld entry. As Bub & Bob from the original Bubble Bobble arcade...

Sharp X68000 (1995)

Buster is a Japanese doujin platform game that's clearly been heavily influenced by Arcade platformers of the late 1980s, like...

Game Gear (1992)

Buster Ball is a futuristic, top-down action game. It is reminiscent of soccer, only with robot players and less restrictions...

Buster Block MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Buster Block is a maze game where the player needs to go through 25 levels and destroy monsters by pushing...

Buster Bros. Collection PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

A collection of 3 classic Buster Bros. games: Buster Bros. Super Buster Bros. Buster Buddies Each game plays virtually the...

Bustout TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1981)

Bustout is somewhat of a derivative work based on the classic Breakout style games. The bricks in Bustout are located...

Dragon 32/64 (1988)

Bust-out! is a game in the Breakout vein, where you use a paddle to reflect a ball against bricks, with...

Windows (1996)

Bustout! is a single player, shareware, mouse controlled, Breakout style game. The full game has ten levels, the shareware release...

Windows (2000) and Browser (1997)

Bustout! is a Breakout game where, similarly to other games of this type, the player moves around a paddle to...

Butcher Hill Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Intelligence reports suggest that POWs have been captured and are being held hostage at the guerilla outpost on Butcher Hill....

Commodore 64 (1985)

As the owner of one of the most extensive butterfly collections, you are determined that you will add the eight...

Butterfly Escape Windows Front Cover Big Fish Games release

Windows (2006)

Luxor-style ball popping is back; this time with butterflies. A series of colored balls are pushed around a track by...

…But That Was [Yesterday] Browser Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

…But That Was [Yesterday] is a 2D side-scrolling platform game that according to the author attempts to show one how...

Button Smasher iPhone Front Cover Free trial version

iPhone (2011)

Button Smasher is a fast-paced game in which the player must touch the buttons at the bottom of the game...

DOS (1989)

Two players control Fred and Greg, in a coy dance of that classic video game theme: sodomy. Players 1 and...

PC Booter (1983) and Apple II (1983)

Buzzard Bait is a single screen shoot'em up where you have to protect the humans from predatory buzzards.At the beginning...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

After a successful Pitfall clone, Tom Mix published a Joust clone for the CoCo and Dragon. Just as in the...

Buzz Bombers Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1983)

Buzz Bombers is an arcade action game similar to Centipede. You control a can of bug spray at the bottom...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

This game allows the user to take control of one of four different dinosaur characters and play against the other...

Buzz Off! MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

Electric Software's Buzz Off! is a basic one player arcade game starring Bertie The Bee. Bertie The Bee loves ripe...

BWii: Battalion Wars 2 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

This sequel to Battalion Wars plays much like its predecessor, blending real-time strategy with third-person shooting. The game's plot traces...

B-Wings: Battle Wings NES Front Cover

NES (1986) and Arcade (1984)

B-Wings is a vertically scrolling space shooter that owes its name to the space fighter from Star Wars movies. You...

By Fair Means or Foul Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

On ST and Amiga features a full range of jabs, uppercuts and weaves. All fights take place to realistic WBA...

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