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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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MSX (1985)

Final Justice is a vertical shoot 'em up game developed by Compile. In Final Justice, you control a space craft...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

An impossible mission has fallen into the most improbable hands. Poor Nimrod is sent to rescue a few of his...

Final Ninja Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Final Ninja is a platformer, in which the player take control of Takeshi, the final ninja. Ten years ago, Takeshi...

Final Orbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Final Orbit is a top-down giant robot action game. You pilot an egg-shaped robot, shooting everything in sight on each...

Final Soldier TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

A sci-fi top-down shooter, sequel to the Star Soldier games. Once again its your job to protect the Galactic Empire...

Final Zone Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

It is 100 years into the future. Nuclear weapons, missiles and other weapons of mass destruction are banned, but a...

Final Zone II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1990)

Final Zone II is a top down shooter in which you controls a soldier on some levels and vehicle on...

PSP (2006)

Finder Love: Aki Hoshino is one of the three Finder Love games that were released simultaneously, each of them starring...

Finders Keepers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The King of Isbisima has entrusted you, Magic Knight, with the task of getting a present for his daughter. He...

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Nemo's fish tank friends are sealed up in plastic baggies and ready to make their daring escape! Help Gill, Bloat,...

Finger Flashing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Finger Flashing is a puzzler which can best be described as a rock-paper-scissors action puzzle game. You pick one of...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

It's a fish-eat-fish world in the vast depths of the waters with countless others as predator and fishing humans making...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Fire! is a firefighting simulation in which the player is in control of a helicopter and must douse the fire...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In Fire! the player mans an advanced helicopter and tries to solve some of humanity's problems by shooting at them....

Fire and Brimstone Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Norse Kingdom is threatened by the Iniquitous Hel, goddess of Niflheim and purveyor of evil. Thor, the great god...

Fire and Forget DOS Front Cover

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

Restore peace on earth and collect a high score while doing so in the first one of the Fire and...

Fire Ant Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

You control an ant that must rescue the queen ant taken hostage by a group of scorpions. She is being...

Fireball Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Fireball is an arcade action game similar to Breakout. You are a juggler, and you need to keep multiple fireballs...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

Fireball 1k was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 1k size category.In this...

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

You are Piggo the firefighter and your job is to put out the fires caused by the Firebird. You control...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Firebird is a side view single screen shooter where you have to blast Fuel Cells and giant birds to destroy...

Fireblade PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

An elite anti-terrorist force, Fireblade has been mobilized to take care of a dangerous terrorist group known as "United Eastern...

Apple II (1982)

Firebug is a lo-res graphics, action game where the objective is to pop open cans of gasoline and ignite them...

Firebugs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Welcome to the Firebugs racing season, where teams of different worlds send their best racer to compete for fame and...

Firedragon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

The player controls the horizontal movement of a juvenile dragon on a stony outcropping, moving left to right following the...

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