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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Commodore 64 (1987)

There is a battle taking place on the planet of Cybor between two giant robots representing two races from the...

Cosmo Police Galivan II: Arrow of Justice SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Once again the universe is at peril from invaders from beyond, but this time their target is Earth! Galivan and...

Amiga (1989)

Cosmo Ranger: S.O.L. AD 2000 is a futuristic sci-fi driven side-scrolling platform and elevators’ style shoot em’ up action game....

ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

In Cosmos the player has to protect convoys from alien attackers. Although entirely two dimensional it's played from a first...

Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure: Forbidden Planet Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1992), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

An alien loses his family on a alien planet and must find them. The alien is called Cosmo and can...

Linux (2009) and Windows (2007)

Cosmos Remake is a remake of Cosmos, a classic game originally released for the ZX Spectrum system.In Cosmos, the player...

CosmoTank Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

CosmoTank is a space tank battle game. You're the commander of the tank 'Tiger a-1' and your mission is to...

Cosmowarrior Zero PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Cosmowarrior Zero is a 3D combat game based on characters from Leiji Matsumoto's universe - or "Leijiverse".After the Great War...

Windows (2007)

Cottage of Doom is an isometric action game and it's a parody of typical B category horror flicks. In the...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1990)

In the game you play a role of the special agent Cougar. Your mission is to penetrate the criminal's fortress...

VIC-20 (1983)

A mad professor has planted a bomb in a sewer. You are trapped in his house and you have to...

Countdown to Shutdown Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In Countdown to Shutdown, also known as Countdown to Meltdown, you control eight droids on the mission to find the...

PlayStation (1999)

Keith J. Snyder is a policeman hired to provide security for a new horror-themed casino called the Desert Moon. Suddenly...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Count Duckula 2 is a continuation of Count Duckula. It's a game based on the cartoon series. In this game,...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Count Duckula (in No Sax Please - We're Egyptian) is a 2D platformer with adventure elements. The game is based...

ZX81 (1982)

Counter Attack is a clone of the arcade game Scramble where the player is seeking revenge for the bombing of...

Wii (2007)

In 2102 C.E., a giant asteroid enters Earth's orbit, only to be revealed too late that inside are a horde...

Countermeasure Atari 5200 Front Cover

Atari 5200 (1982)

Terrorists have seized control of several missile silos and are planning on launching missiles to blow up Washington D.C. Your...

Arcade (1988)

Counter Run is a maze game where you control a car and must guide it around the maze collecting fruit....

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2013)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is a reworked version of Counter-Strike with the addition of all-new multiplayer maps and high-detail player and...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an online first-person shooter in which the player joins up with either a group of terrorists...

Windows (2008)

Counter-Strike Online is a version of Counter-Strike for the Asian gaming market. New features include female characters, new skins, new...

Counter-Strike: Source Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2010)

Based on the original Half-Life online multiplayer mod Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source is an updated version using the Source engine...

Country Justice: Revenge of the Rednecks Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Country Justice: Revenge of the Rednecks is a first-person shooter similar in themes and humour to the Redneck Rampage games....

Apple II (1981)

County Fair is a shooting gallery game, in the tradition of amusement parks everywhere. Similar to Carnival, the player's gun...

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