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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Cursed Mountain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Wii (2009)

After his brother, known for taking extreme risks, disappears in the Himalayas, Eric Simmons reluctantly heads off to the village...

Cursed Mountain (Limited Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

This limited edition includes: Cursed Mountain Steelbook case with interior art Two-sided bonus disc with 15 tracks of in-game music...

Commodore 64 (1990), PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1987)

The country of Babylon was once a thriving community, enjoying peace and prosperity. However, all that changed when monsters invaded...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The evil Cult of Sagalia has taken over Sherwood Forest and installed fear into the hearts of the dwellers. An...

Curse of the Catacombs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Curse of the Catacombs is a first-person shooter very similar to the previous game. Once again, you're a mage whose...

Curse of the Crescent Isle Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Today is the wedding day of the princess of the Crescent Isle, and everyone is attendance. Suddenly, the evil Warlock...

Curse: The Eye of Isis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Someone has stolen an artifact from the British Museum - a sacred (and CURSED) Egyptian statuette called the "Eye of...

Browser (2002)

Curveball takes the arcade classic Pong to the third dimension.Two players hit a ball at each other with the goal...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Custodian the player takes the role of the caretaker of an nuclear-powered alien cemetery. It was infested by parasites...

Custom Robo GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

This is the fourth installment in the Custom Robo series, but the first one to be released outside of Japan....

Custom Robo Arena Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

The fifth game in the Custom Robo series, Custom Robo Arena moves the action into the portable realm again with...

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2008)

Custom Robo V2 is the second game in the Custom Robo series. It is similar to the first, but it...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

In the year 6502 BC, Jesmon Hys from the city of Nodlon discovered the ancient Tombs of Ledromica in the...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Cuthbert, Microdeal's mascot, is trapped inside a mine, filled with crawly creeps. He must climb the ladders out of the...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

In this installment of the Cuthbert Saga, Cuthbert goes for a stroll on a grid. As he walks along all...

Commodore 64 (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Cuthbert, the versatile game protagonist, has this time gone into space. On a series of Joust-like levels, he must clear...

Dragon 32/64 (1985)

Cuthbert, the very versatile game protagonist, has ended up as a prisoner of war. Now he must escape the camp...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Bearing only a superficial likeness to the Dragon 32 version, Cuthbert in the Cooler for the Commodore 16 has none...

TRS-80 CoCo (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

In this episode in Cuthbert's adventurous life, he finds himself in something that could be described as hell, even though...

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel is a wrestling game in which the player can choose to control any of the...

Cutout Heroes: Making of a Ninja iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Making of a Ninja is the first entry in the Cutout Heroes series. Nin, the lovable but inept ninja was...

Cut the Rope 2 iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

Cut the Rope 2 is a physics-based puzzle game. The goal in each level is to get a piece of...

Cutthroat Island SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1996), SNES (1996), Genesis (1996) and Game Gear (1995)

In this game you play the role of a pirate lady called Morgan who was given a piece of a...

The C word Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Edmund McMillen's fascination with the themes of death and reproduction in games is continued in The C word also known...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a pilot of a space craft whose mission is to accompany and guard a huge Mothership leaving Earth...

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