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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Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

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DOS (1995)

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Electrician NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

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Commodore 64 (1986)

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Electro Body: Limitowana Edycja Kolekcjonerska Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

This 'Limited Collector's Edition' of Electro Body contains: A 'remastered' version of the game Game soundtrack in CD Audio, FLAC,...

Electrocop Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1989)

Today, if a daughter of the President goes missing, I would look in the nearest bar. However, in the near...

Electroman DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This is a platform game with puzzle elements. You have to guide Jacek, the Electroman, around the levels, using such...

DOS (1997)

Electronic Popple is an action/puzzle game. Play as MIN or MAX, two chips who must journey through six levels of...

Electronic Super Joy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Electronic Super Joy is a fast-paced side-scrolling platform game. The player controls a character (Captain Lewis) who must navigate worlds...

Electronic Super Joy: Bonus Content Pack! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Electronic Super Joy: Bonus Content Pack! is a DLC for Electronic Super Joy. It includes: Several new bonus stages for...

Electron (1984)

Electron Invaders is a Space Invaders clone with few changes to the gameplay. The player controls his laser base down...

Elektraglide Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Elektraglide is a futuristic motorcycle driving game where the player chooses to drive in one of three countries, England, Australia,...

Amiga (1994)

If Pipe Mania were a platform game, this is what it would be. You have to direct an electric current...

Windows (2005)

Elektromeister Lampe is a puzzle game where the player takes the role of Lampe, an electrician. In the 100 levels...

Element4l Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Element4l makes the player control a body and having to advance past environmental obstacles (pools of water, lava pits, hills,...

Elemental Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Elemental is a color-matching game. The player clicks and drags the mouse cursor over a group of tiles to flip...

Atari ST (1988)

Elemental is set on the planet of the same name. The player takes the role of a two-year old Roundline,...

Windows (2010)

Elemental Battle Academy is a 3D fighting doujin game and the successor to Magical Battle Arena. The player chooses one...

Elemental Gearbolt PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

In a fantastic world divided by class and race, technology from a mysterious source has imbued a young prince with...

Elemental Master Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Elemental Master's gameplay is similar to a top-down space shooter (i.e Raptor & Raiden), but what makes it unique is...

Browser (2008)

In Elements, the player controls a ball of a distinct colour by aiming with the pointer for it to move...

Elements of Destruction Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

In Elements of Destruction the player can unleash the most volatile forces on Earth such as tornadoes, lightning storms, ice...

Elements of Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

In Elements of Destruction the player can unleash the most volatile forces on Earth such as tornadoes, lightning storms, ice...

Browser (2011)

The weather was fine, and everyone decided it was a great day to be outside. Elephant dressed up in his...

Elephant Rave iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2008) and iPhone (2011)

In Elephant Rave, the player controls an elephant walking and jumping back and fourth between deadly coloured bars which appear...

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