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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Ecstatica II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1996)

In the original Ecstatica, the hero managed to defeat the recently unleashed Devil and his creatures in the small village...

Windows (2012)

Ecs-Train! is a shoot-em-up game in which the player has to protect a train riding girl from molesters. The player...

Eddie Kidd Jump Challenge ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

Licensed around stunt legend Eddie Kidd, this game gives you the chance to recreate his death-defying feats. You start off...

Dragon 32/64 (1985)

Eddie Steady Go! is a sequel to Back Track. After having escaped the labyrinths of Back Track, Eddie once again...

Edd the Duck! Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

On childrens TV in the early 90s, Edd the Duck and Wilson the arm were the familiar puppets helping with...

DOS (1995)

Eddy & Co is a commercial game which advertises Eismann, a German distributor for deep-frozen food. The game stars the...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In this game, the player plays a thief who must grab all eight valuable objects from the "Mograth Stadtmuseum" within...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Ed, Edd and Eddy love jawbreakers, and when the local candy store announces a chance to win a jawbreaker that...

Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures Windows Front Cover

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

Ed, Edd and Eddy are three stupid friends obsessed with one thing and one thing only: jawbreakers! Eddy is the...

Eden Blues PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this real-time adventure you are a prisoner of jail guarded by droids. And you know the roster of their...

Edge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011), PSP (2010), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and MeeGo (2011)

In Edge the player controls a cube in a geometric landscape consisting of platforms and moving shapes viewed from an...

PC-98 (1993)

In the 22nd century, a powerful magnetic wave obliterated half of Eurasia. Anarchy ensued, the traditional system of government was...

Edge Extended Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and GameStick (2013)

Edge Extended is a sequel to the original Edge. The game plays mostly the same as the original. The player...

Commodore 64 (2011)

Edge Grinder is a side view scrolling horizontal shooter where the screen scrolls constantly as you move your spacecraft around...

Ed Hunter Windows Front Cover Album Cover

Windows (1999)

Ed Hunter is a rail shooter set in a series of levels based on some of Iron Maiden’s most popular...

Edition One Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Edition One is a games compilation consisting of the following games: Gemini Wing Silkworm Xenon Double Dragon

Edmund Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Edmund is a short game created for the TIGSource Adult/Edutainment competition, which it eventually won, and it focuses on the...

Edna Bricht Aus: Sammler Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This collector's edition of Edna & Harvey: The Breakout was made available three years after the original release. It was...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Mattel Aquarius (1983)

Ed-On is a clone of the arcade game Head On. It's a racing game where the player has to drive...

SNES (1993)

Tokyo, 2050 AD. Terrorists are running wild in the streets, and only one armored police officer is fast enough to...

Eek! the Cat SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Platform game based on the cartoon series Eek the Cat. Eek must help his friends through 6 huge levels of...

Eets: Chowdown Xbox 360 Front Cover first version

Xbox 360 (2007)

In Eets: Chowdown, you guide the titular creature Eets through more than 100 levels to collect puzzle pieces with gameplay...

Eets: Hunger. It's emotional. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

In this game you have to guide Eets through each level, helping him circumvent all the various obstacles and enemies...

Eets Munchies Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and iPad (2014)

Eets Munchies is the third game in the Eets series of puzzle games and is described as a re-imagining of...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

Efera & Jiliora: The Emblem From Darkness is based on the anime Gude Crest. The story stars two female mercenaries,...

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