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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Crimzon Clover: World Ignition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Crimzon Clover: World Ignition is a 2D vertically-scrolling shoot'em up in the manic shooter/bullet hell/danmaku style, similar to DoDonPachi. The...

Crisis Beat PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Crisis Beat is your typical 3D side-scrolling game, but with more features. It has rendered cinematics and real-time 3D scenes....

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Set six years before the 1997 PSX game Final Fantasy VII, the prequel Crisis Core follows the adventures of Zack...

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Special Edition) PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

The Special Edition comes in a heavy cardboard slipcase and includes: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII An art-book titled "The...

Crisis Force NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

The year is 199x and a robot army has invaded Tokyo City. A boy and a girl (who remain unnamed)...

Crisis Mountain Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Crisis Mountain is a classic platform game. Your task is to defuse bombs left by terrorists in mountain caverns when...

Crisis Team: Ambulance Driver Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Take control of an ambulance (out of 3 choices) and save lives! Race to the scene of crisis, take the...

Critical Blow PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

A legend exists among the fighters and martial artists of this world, of a mysterious scarab badge that only the...

Critical Depth PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and PS Vita (2012)

A new spin on the whole vehicular combat genre- this one takes place underwater, and features freedom of movement throughout...

Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

You and a female fellow soldier called Kat are stranded on the roof of a factory on an island in...

Critical Zone Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

The title screen of the game has a brief blurb that also neatly encapsulates the game -- MISSION OBJECTIVE: DESTROY...

Criticom PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Criticom is a one-on-one fighting game where 8 diverse fighters from across the galaxy vie for a crystal artifact. The...

Critter Round-Up Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Players are tasked with separating various animal species, referred to as "critters" into their own pens by building a fence...

Amiga (1992)

A variation of the classic arcade game Frogger, designed to make use of the Amiga's hardware.The basic gameplay involves guiding...

ZX81 (1982)

Croaka-Crawla is a clone of the arcade game Frogger where the player must control a frog and get him to...

Game Boy Color (2000)

All is not well in Croc's world. His friends, the Gobbos, have been captured by the evil Baron Dante. It...

Croc 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999) and Game Boy Color (2001)

Croc is on a quest to find his parents. However, Baron Dante has kidnapped the Gobbos kings. Croc then turns...

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

All is not well in Croc's world. His friends, the Gobbos, have been captured by the evil Baron Dante. It...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

You are an alien from outer space. Basic idea behind the game: get the cows and don't get shot down...

Crossbow DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 2600 (1987), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988) and Arcade (1983)

In Crossbow, you and several friends are trying to cross many treacherous landscapes in order to retrieve stolen treasures from...

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1991)

As a knight, you must travel the countryside fighting monsters and bandits using your sword and shield. When you enter...

Crossfire PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1981) and VIC-20 (1981)

In this adaptation of the arcade game Targ your job is to defend your city from marauding alien beasts. You...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Crossfire is a single screen 1st person perspective shooter where you are a policeman leading 'The Untouchables' against the mob...

Arcade (1975)

Crossfire is a shooting game. Two players are required. Each player has a gun that can be moved up and...

CrossFire Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

Fly a helicopter into hostile territory to rescue hostages and make some money on the side. The places the player...

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