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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Capone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Amiga (1988)

This is the first light-gun game for the Commodore Amiga. The action takes place in the Capone era of 1920s...

Capsized Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and iPad (2013)

Capsized is a 2D platformer about an astronaut whose space craft explodes. The crew members get away but crash their...

Captain America and the Avengers SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Game Gear (1993) and Arcade (1991)

Captain America and the Avengers is a one- or two-player (simultaneous) side-scrolling beat 'em up in which four Marvel Comics...

NES (1991)

The Mandarin has knocked out Iron Man and the Vision. This time it is personal.You play as Captain America or...

Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Your task is to infiltrate Megalomann's desert headquarters, the Doom Tube. This consists of three cylinders, one inside the other,...

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Captain America: Super Soldier is a third-person action game based on the movie Captain America: The First Avenger, which is...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Windows Phone (2014), Windows Apps (2014) and Fire OS (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a top-down squad based fighting game based on the 2014 movie of the same...

Windows (2006) and iPhone (2009)

Captain Binary is a Polish side-scrolling action game where you control the titular superhero, fighting back an alien invasion. Similarly...

Captain Bumper Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2001)

Captain Bumper is a side-scrolling platform game with a wacky cartoonish style and a slew of what you might call...

Captain Comic II: Fractured Reality DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

In this sequel to the original Captain Comic, you play a comic book-hero-like space ship captain who "beams down" to...

Captain Commando PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), SNES (1995) and Arcade (1991)

Metro City, 2026. A corrupt mutant group by the name of "Scumocide" plot to control the universe. The hero, Captain...

Captain Dynamo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), Amstrad CPC (1992) and Symbian (2006)

Insane genius Austen van Flyswatter has stolen a huge collection of diamonds, and retrieving them involves navigating a succession of...

NES (1989)

Captain ED is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up. Players pilot a ship through seven different levels of outer space in order...

Browser (2009)

Captain Forever is a space shoot-em-up set in the vector-based void of classic '80s arcade games in space settings. The...

Captain Forever Remix Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Captain Forever Remix is a remix of the original 2009 browser game Captain Forever. In contrast to the original game...

Apple II (1985)

An ultimatum has been received at F.O.G. HQ. The ultimatum: 200 billion dollars in gold bullion must be delivered to...

DOS (1995)

Captain Kang is a platform shooter starring the titular character, a kangaroo who also happens to be a special agent...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Captain Kelly, a space delivery man who travels the universe delivering packages, an easy enough job until you...

Captain Novolin SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Some Superheroes possess incredible strength, others can fly or make themselves invisible; Captain Novolin has the power of ... diabetes!...

Captain Planet Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amiga (1991), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Captain Planet was an amalgam of youths from around the world, and aimed to rid the world of global warming...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1992)

Based on the children's cartoon show of the same name, you play Captain Planet, the ecologically sound superhero. Along with...

NES (1991)

Based on the cartoon series of the same name, Captain Planet and the Planeteers are environmental protectors. Each Planeteer is...

Captain Planet and the Planeteers     Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Children growing up in the early 90s were worried about impending environmental doom. The popular Captain Planet cartoons told them...

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a 2D space shooter.Based on the '87 TV series Captain Power...

Captain Quazar Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and 3DO (1996)

The idea behind Captain Quazar is simple, from a 3/4 overhead view control the Captain, kill the bad guys and...

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