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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Creature Shock DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), 3DO (1996) and CD-i (1997)

The earth is overpopulated and mankind must find a second home. The spaceship Amazon is sent to investigate Saturn and...

CreaVures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

CreaVures is a platformer based on cooperative gameplay and it is set in an eerie forest. The game consists of...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and BBC Micro (1986)

Cred Breaks Out was a game released in association with the British bank, TSB to encourage young people to join,...

Creed Arena Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Creed Arena is a third person shooter where the player takes the role of a contestant in a futuristic gladiator...

The Creed Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Cerberus City is not the place to be - all about "Murder, Death, Carnage" is what it is. But after...

DOS (1994)

Creep Clash is a 2D fighting game that pits 3D polygon "creeps" against one another in a battle to reign...

Creeps from the Deep Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Creeps from the Deep is a Flash game that serves as a teaser to LEGO BIONICLE's 2007 line. You play...

Macintosh (1991)

Creepy Castle is a horror fighting game where the player controls a character who has to rescue a girl who...

Creepy Corridors VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

Creepy Corridors is a maze game similar to Wizard of Wor. Adventurer Sierra Smith has entered the catacombs of Creepy...

Creepy Crawler ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Most early Mikro-Gen releases were derived from popular arcade games, and this one is no exception, giving Centipede the 16K...

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (2000)

Cricket 2000 is a cricket game featuring 3D graphics, with all 11 men on the field rendered fully in 3D....

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Cricket Captains have a much greater role than their equivalents in most sports. Most major tactical decisions during the match...

Commodore 64 (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1989)

Crillion is similar to Breakout except there is no paddle and the player controls the ball directly. The ball always...

Crime Cities Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Crime Cities transports gamers to a futuristic world where law and order has long since been replaced by a wave...

Arcade (1989)

Crime City is rampant with evil organizations and criminal activity. Crimes such as robberies, burglaries, smuggling, kidnappings, and drug dealing...

Windows (2008)

Crime City is a simple action game aimed at casual players. The main idea is that the player controls the...

Crime Crackers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994)

In the distant future, in the reaches of space, war raged on for many years. Many lives were lost, but...

Crime Crackers 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Team Guppy are a group of what are known as "Crackers" -- skilled bounty hunters who make a living fighting...

Windows (2009)

After an ecological disaster, citizens of a future city are left to fend for themselves. Among thousands of players in...

Crime Does Not Pay DOS Front Cover

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

Crime Does Not Pay is "Officially Endorsed by the Mafia." In this game the player can play as the Godfather,...

DOS (1993) and Windows (2002)

In the near future, gangland crime runs rampant. And you and up to three other friends are fighting to become...

Crime Fighter 3 Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and DVD Player (2003)

A compilation package containing three American Laser Games live-action light-gun shooter conversions Who Shot Johnny Rock?, Crime Patrol, and Drug...

Arcade (1989)

At least fifteen women have been kidnapped by a mobster's criminal syndicate. Players are tasked with rescuing the captured women...

Crime Life: Gang Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Crime Life is a mission-based street combat game following a storyline involving multiple gangs, corrupt cops and betrayal from within.The...

Crime Patrol DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Originating in the arcades, this is a full-motion video rail shooter with real actors, produced by the makers of Mad...

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