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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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Cyberia 2: Resurrection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows (1995)

The original Cyberia was a rail shooter that combined puzzle-solving with Star Wars: Rebel Assault-style action sequences. The sequel is...

Cyberia: Mission Norway DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Cyberia: Mission Norway is a partial version of the original Cyberia. It only contains about half of the game and...

Amiga (1994)

Cyber Kick is a science fiction platform game. The action takes place in the space base of renegades on Mars....

Thomson TO (1984) and Thomson MO (1984)

Cyberlab is a maze game played from a first person perspective. In the game, a cyberlab is a futuristic tank...

Cyber-Lip Neo Geo Front Cover SOFT CASE edition

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1990)

In 2020, the people of Earth has formed a colony and built an android army to defend this colony against...

CyberMage: Darklight Awakening DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the year 2044 AD, world governments have fallen apart and the Earth is ruled by ruthless corporations doing anything...

DOS (1995)

The public demo version of CyberMage: Darklight Awakening includes a unique scenario that was specifically designed to demonstrate various aspects...

DOS (1999)

Cyber Marine is a single player, 3rd person shareware shooter in which the player has five lives in which they...

Commodore 64 (1983)

After battling Meanies in Bonka, you must now fight against Cybermen to collect as much Platignum as you can from...

Cybermercs: The Soldiers of the 22nd Century Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This game is an action game with RPG elements similar to Diablo with a sci-fi setting: Evil aliens want to...

Cybermorph Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1993)

Cybermorph was the first game released for Atari's Jaguar console. It's a 3D sci-fi shoot-'em-up. The story goes like this:...

Cybernator SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

In a future where fossil fuels are limited, major countries and forces of the world are at war with one...

Cybernetic Empire PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

A mysterious ancient artifact called "The Cube" has been unearthed in northern Russia. However, this strange object has fallen into...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

A shoot'em'up with decided Defender influences, Cybernetix has you strafing back and forth across a quickly scrolling screen which wraps...

Cybernoid II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This freeware remake of Cybernoid II: The Revenge upgrades the original with new graphics and sounds, while maintaining the same...

Cybernoid II: The Revenge Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The follow-up to Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine is again a flip-screen shoot 'em up. In control of the deadly Cybernoid...

Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine NES Front Cover

Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2008), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

There are three asteroids, hidden among thousands, where various minerals and precious gems were stored. It was believed the riches...

DOS (1996)

Cyber Police is a Final Fight-inspired arcade game set in the future. As a member of Cyber Police, your mission...

Amiga (1993)

Join the ranks of the elite and take control of a crack team... The 501st Cyber Assault Squad. The foreign...

Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

Cyberpunk: The Arasaka's Plot is a mobile game based on Mike Pondsmith's pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk. The player takes...

CyberRace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In the far future wars are a thing of the past, disputes and conflicts between races are now settled on...

Cyber Rats ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

When relentless swarms of metallic rats start terrorising the neighbourhood, the call is put out to find someone who can...

The Cyber Shinobi SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990)

In the previous game, an evil army of villains, known simply as "Zeed" , but some of them escaped, however....

Cyber Sled PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1993)

The year is 2067. Prosperity has spread throughout the world. However, decadence has started society's decay. Similar to the decline...

Atari ST (1992)

Cyber Snake is a "snake" game where you have to collect all the diamonds in each level before the time...

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