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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Bally Astrocade (1982)

Cosmic Raiders is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to Defender. Like in that game the player's space ship can...

Cosmic Relief: Prof. Renegade to the Rescue Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Acorn 32-bit (1988)

This multi-level action/adventure takes players back 40 years to find Professor K.K. Renegade, who predicts that a catastrophic asteroid is...

Cosmic Rift Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Cosmic Rift was a 2D online-only multiplayer space action shooter similar to SubSpace where you take command of one of...

Cosmic Sheriff DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Cosmic Sheriff is a shoot 'm up game and you control Peter Jones, the Cosmic Sheriff who has to take...

DOS (1989), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988) and FM-7 (1988)

The Century Parody is a powerful battleship on its way to the trade station Samar. Shooting out of the KGD...

Cosmic Spacehead DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), NES (1992), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Linus had crash landed on a distant planet called Earth, and made his way back home again. Trouble is, no...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Cosmic Split is a single screen shooter viewed from the side inspired by the arcade game Centipede where you control...

Commodore 64 (1990)

Released with the MAGNUM "lightphaser" lightgun, cosmic storm made up one of the six games packaged with the peripheral. The...

Cosmic Swarm Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are at the Waypoint Interstellar Trade Depot, a quiet outpost in space, when suddenly a dormant group of alien,...

Cosmic Tunnels Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You are the principle defender of the planet Sirref, the only habitable planet in the Relffok Galaxy, which is part...

Cosmic Wartoad ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Is there anything uglier than a human female? The Rygellian Slime Beasts know that their enemies the Cosmic Wartoads believe...

Cosmo Gang: The Video SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1992)

Cosmogang: The Video is a shooter with similarities to Galaga. The player's space ship is fixed on the bottom of...

VIC-20 (1983)

Cosmonaut! is a single screen platform game where your spacecraft is trapped on the surface of a planet on the...

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...

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