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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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Fishie Fishie Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Fishie is very hungry. Help him eating the other fishes before he starves.After starting a level, you job is to...

Fishing Derby Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980)

In Fishing Derby, your goal is to be the first of two players to catch 99 pounds of fish. Each...

Fishing Pinguins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Fishing Pinguins is a simple action game where the player takes the control of a penguin on the hunt for...

Fish Listening to Radio Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Fish Listening to Radio is a four-player minigame where each player controls a fish who must eat as many worms...

iPhone (2011) and Ouya (2013)

In FishMoto players control an electric catfish hooked into a motorbike with stretchy suspension as they get through levels with...

Fish Tales Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The ocean is a dangerous place, and it is your job in Fish Tales to get Sunny through it safely....

Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Five fighters have come together to fight in three different locations, Egypt, Japan and America. Only one can be Fist...

NES (1987)

This is a platform "beat-'em-up" game based on the animé series Hokuto no Ken. According to the story mentioned in...

Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of the Universe Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989)

Fist of the North Star is a versus fighting game starring 11 characters from the Fist of the North Star...

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

In the near future, the world has been ravaged by nuclear war. Cities have turned to rubble, and only disparate...

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is the sequel to Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage and...

Fist Puncher Windows Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2014) and Ouya (2014)

Fist Puncher is a side-scrolling brawler with 8-bit-style pixel graphics. The plot is to rescue beauty queens who were kidnapped...

Fist: The Legend Continues Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

The Way of the Exploding Fist is a martial arts doctrine ensuring that you possess a range of powerful punches,...

Fitness Fun PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fitness Fun is an exercise-themed rhythm game starring D3 Publisher's virtual idol Riho Futaba. Riho is putting on a special...

Five-a-Side Soccer PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1985) and Commodore 64 (1985)

A very simplistic version of indoor soccer played against the computer or another player.

Amiga (1998)

Football Glory gets a makeover in this recreation of five-a-side football. The basic game engine is much the same, with...

Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) is an action game, in which the players, an office cubicle worker, decides to stick...

Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) 2: Family Reunion Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) 2 is the sequel to Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself), where once again the player...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Five Star Games is a compilation containing the following five games: Spindizzy Batalyx Zoids Scarabaeus Equinox

Commodore 64 (1987)

Five Star Games II is a compilation containing the following five games: Paradroid Dandy Strike Force Cobra Who Dares Wins...

FizzBall Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

FizzBall was obviously inspired by Breakout/Arkanoid, and the cult hit Katamari Damacy. In the game you bounce a small bubble...

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

This is a compilation that contains the games: Professor Fizzwizzle The Amazing Brain Train! Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery...

Windows (2010) and Browser (2010)

A minimalist response to Crayon Physics, this game presents a similar premise -- the player's goal to bring a ball...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In the year 2096 a huge rogue CPU called Computer Control is trying to take over the universe and you...

Flak Warrior  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Flak Warrior is simple arcade shooter. The player takes care of a flak cannon and kills every plane which crosses...

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