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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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...

Courier Crisis PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Courier Crisis is a game that simulates the life of a bicycle courier. As you peddle around a virtual city,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Course presents the player with a randomly generated obstacle course. The player can select a difficulty for the obstacle course...

Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

The French ambassador Pierre Simon and his family are travelling from Saint Petersburg to Paris aboard the Blue Harvest, a...

Cowboyana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Cowboyana tells the tales of Billy Blue and Rufus Red as cowboys in the Wild West. They spend their days...

PlayStation (1998)

So you wanna be a bounty hunter, eh? Let me tell ya somethin', kid...it ain't easy. But I'll teach ya....

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Taking place in the Cowboy Bebop universe, the year is 2071 and the earth has been destroyed. But humanity lives...

NES (1991)

In this game you play the role of a young gunslinger who travels the land fighting baddies and playing mini...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Cowboy Kidz is a top view vertical scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly upwards as you control a cowboy...

Cow Evolution iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Phone (2014)

Cow Evolution is a simple game where the player has a garden. In time, chests will appear in this garden...

Amiga (1988)

Swiss developed Arkanoid style game, with a prehistoric theme. Play is for one or two players simultaneously (including a battle-mode),...

Crackdown Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

It's time to take back the streets! With Pacific City under the iron grip of three ruthless gangs: Los Muertos,...

Crack Down DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (2010), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1989)

Crack Down is a time-limited action game. The two heroes, Ben and Andy, have to get through the levels as...

Crackdown 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Crackdown 2 is the sequel to Crackdown and it has the same third-person shooter gameplay set in an open world....

Xbox 360 (2007)

The Free-for-All Pack is a free downloadable content pack (DLC) for the 2007 game Crackdown.This DLC adds the Keys to...

Crack'ed Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari ST (1987), Atari 2600 (2002) and Atari 7800 (1988)

As a professional ornithologist, you're thrilled to find out that some rare South American hornbills have nested in your "old...

Crackout NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

In the year 30XX, the mankind has exhausted all the metal resources on the Earth, so they had to travel...

Crackpots Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

A barrage of bugs are attacking your home, and you need to defend it with potted plants!You control your character...

Crack-Up Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Crack-Up is a Breakout clone where moving your bat at the bottom of the screen you have to bounce a...

Browser (2005)

Wayne has taken Lucien's fuzz baby collection and is hurling them off the roof. It's the player's job to save...

Cranky Cat iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Cranky Cat is a color-matching puzzle game that borrows elements from Bust-a-Move with a steampunk motif. Cranky Cat has numerous...

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