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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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Windows (2001)

Factor X is an arcade style top down shooter, a massive compilation of a 23 level story mode with 4...

Factory Panic Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991)

Mister Greede, a corrupt tycoon and factory owner, deprives the local citizens of the goods they need and deserve. That’s...

Fade to Black DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and PlayStation (1996)

Fade to Black is the sequel to Flashback: the Quest for Identity. The player takes control of Conrad, the hero...

Fading Shadows PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Fading Shadows is a unique puzzle game for the PSP where the player leads an orb through 40 different levels...

Fahrenheit SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995) and SEGA 32X (1995)

Fahrenheit is an interactive movie that puts players into the flame-resistant suit of a firefighter. You are the new guy...

Fairlight Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

The land of Fairlight no longer lives up to its name, its culture and society having declined over centuries. The...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Single player, action side-scroller shooter where you must retrieve the lost pages of the Da Rules book and prevent Vicky...

The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and GameCube (2004)

When the TV goes out just as the season finale of Crash Nebula starts, Timmy Turner asks his Fairy Godparents...

Fair Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Fly six different combat helicopters: the American AH-64A Apache, the American RAH-66 Comanche, the French/German PAH-2 Tiger, the Russian KA-50...

MSX (1985)

In this catch-them-or-they-will-catch-you platform game you control a fairy that has to catch snails, mice, spiders and aliens. The mice...

Fairy Bloom Freesia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Fairy Bloom Freesia is a 2.5D side-scrolling fighting game set in small arenas with platforms. The game starts in the...

Fairy Jewels 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Fairy Jewels 2 is a color-matching game similar to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move and its variants. The objective is to free fairies...

MSX (1987), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1985)

The Fairyland Story puts the player in control of Ptolemy the witch, who must make her way through 101 single-screen...

Fairytale Fights Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Fairytale Fights is a hack-and-slash platform game where players assume the role of well-known fairytale characters, such as Little Red...

Fairy Tales: Three Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Fairy Tales: Three Heroes is a Slavic tale of three Russian heroes who retired early when the nation was at...

Fairy Tower Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

The legendary Fairy Tower stood silent since ancient times in its site, with four gates for water, earth, light and...

Faith Fighter Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2008)

Faith Fighter is a controversial game by the creator of Operation: Pedopriest, quite similar to the browser game Bible Fight....

Falcon 4.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

You're flying the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", a U.S. Air Force fighter, over the skies of Korea. The learning curve is...

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2011)

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force is essentially an updated version of the original Falcon 4.0 with many new features, as well...

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983), MSX (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Falcon Patrol is a two-way side-scrolling shooter. Players fly a jet across a looping area and must shoot down attacking...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Just like it's predecessor, Falcon Patrol II is a two-way side-scrolling shooter that sees the player controlling a jet fighting...

Falcons Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Falcons is a Phoenix variant. Aliens move in formation at the top of the screen, occasionally swooping down on you...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

When man first invented time travel, he did not realize the full extent of the dangers which would accompany it....

Atari 2600 (2005)

Fall Down pits Red against Blue*. The object is to capture platforms by falling through the hole. Whoever captures the...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Fallen Angel is a side scrolling fighting game similar to Double Dragon. You play the fallen angel, sent on a...

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